Body colored headstocks....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Master P, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. Hate 'em

    15 vote(s)
  2. Love 'em

    64 vote(s)
  3. Don't care

    33 vote(s)
  1. I actually like the look of the headstock being covered in a veneer of the same wood as the body top. It adds unity to the design, IMO. I'll definitely get it on my next FBB (you heard me, Matt, if you're reading this).
  2. zionnn


    Apr 24, 2000
    For me it depends on a few things...

    --If it's a bolt on the headstock defiantly has to match the color of the body. BUT if the body is a crazy wood (example birds eye) then i think it's ugly to have a matching headstock. in that case the headstock should be the same as the neck.

    --If it's a neck through and you can see the neck run through the body the head stock HAS to match the neck woods... no paint... no overlays to match the wings... Period. If you cant see the neck woods go through the body (painted), then it should be painted the same color as the body.

    I myself have a Blue Hammer bass that has a natural headstock (got it free in a prize drawing :D). So I guess I can be a little flexible. But when I buy a bass that’s usually what I go by.

  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I love em. Of course the one I let get away had a matching headstock. :(

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  4. Noobai


    Aug 25, 2002
    Stanford, CA
    I think they're great when the match.

    Dirk Lance of Incubus wons a Vintage Fender Jazz, that is cherry red with a cherry red headstock, I saw it live and it is GORGEOUS.
  5. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Hmmm does this count!
  6. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    This should qualify!
  7. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Oh but but wait!
  8. Limo


    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    This is probably the coolest Music Man I've ever seen, could you post a picture of the whole bass??:)
  9. I really don't care.

    My P and my J don't have matching headstocks, but my J5 does. Transparent blue over a quilted maple veneer, matching the body.

    I don't mind them, but it's certainly not something that is a criteria for buying a bass.
  10. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I can go either way. However...

    One of the previous posters had a good point about "polar opposites" regarding the headstock color and the neck/fretboard. I probably wouldn't go for an all maple neck with a black headstock, or a rosewood fretboard with an Olympic White headstock.

    A classic look that I've always liked is the 1960's Fender Jazz Bass in Lake Placid Blue, or Candy Apple red, with a matching headstock and rosewood fretboard.
  11. pd_5string

    pd_5string Admin: Accnt Disabled

    Jan 23, 2002
    Dood, wind your strings right.

    Measure 2 pinky lenghts past the posts, cut em, and wind them top to bottom, not bottom to top.

  12. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Nice Fenders Pyrohr!!!
    I been really diggin this Stingray lately, I smell GAS:D
  13. KAC


    Oct 9, 2002
    Not only do I agree that the colored headstock completes the body (especially with dark neck) but I also welcome any chance to show off tis cool finish.
  14. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Thank's Funkster, That's a nice MM. As quiet as it is kept, I love sterling's but they just feel odd in my hands. I love the sound but can"t seem to get the depth from the axe that I like. maybe it's the placement of the pickup.
  15. Noobai


    Aug 25, 2002
    Stanford, CA
    Pyrohr, that jazz is the same bass that I was talking about.

    If I ever own any Fender Jazz, thats the one I want. How much was yours?
  16. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    My Kingston is black headstock w/maple board. Sometimes I like the look, sometimes I think it's gaudy. I might put chrome tuners on it to spice it up somewhat.
  17. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Hey Noobai I was shocked when I saw it too, I payed $1500 and change with strap and straplocks, Case, vintage strap, cord,polishing cloth and all where included
  18. Noobai


    Aug 25, 2002
    Stanford, CA
    Not a bad deal for an American Vintage.

    How much was the Roscoe? And where did you find the beauties? :p
  19. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    The RB5 was bought used in PRISTINE condition for 850.00 W/case, wrench's. I was told original owner never used it and needed money.
  20. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    how about this :)

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