Headstock etching.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Infernal Affair, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. As a little side project, I plan on getting an Essex sunburst J copy and doing some mods to make it more like a personalized bass. Since Essexes are darn cheap and great for the money, what better bass to work on, right? One of the things I'm planning on doing is etching some designs or drawings onto the headstock, then staining the etches to bring out the linework. I would like to try it on the back of the neck too, but I'm afraid the linework would feel weird against my thumb and affect my playing.

    Has anyone done this to their headstock or any part of their bass before? If so, I'd like to see some images of how your etchings turned out, if they affected playing/tone in any way, etc. Also how easy/hard it was to do.
  2. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I'm guessin you'd remove the essex logo first? Sounds cool.:)
  3. Yeah. I could either sand it off or put something on the very tip instead. I probably won't be doing this for awhile, but when I do I'll put some pics up.
  4. Dig it.

    At most Trophy Shops they have laser ingravers made for wood. They a computerised and can
    copy designs to be engraved into wood.

    A friend of mine did some wicked ingraving in his axe by becoming pals with the local Trophy Shop guy.
  5. Oh really? That may be the better way to go since it's more precise and in the hands of a pro, though it does take away some of the "project bass" fun out of it. Still, it sounds like a definite possibility and something to consider first.

    Thanks for the idea.
  6. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I fooled around with a Squier Strat recently. I used 000 steel wool to buff off the Squier printing and put my own decal on. It can be done easily.

    I used a photo printing program to print out an image on to adhesive-backed thin transparent plastic decal sheets. You can buy this stuff at CompUSA, Office Depot, Office MAX, etc.
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The etching on the headstock sounds really cool but if you do it to the back of the neck, you might regret it in the long run.

    I've done the same thin as you described, gfab333.
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=819492">

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=910562">