Matching headstock?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by El Spearo, Nov 28, 2017.


  1. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    Kia ora bass whānau!

    I am in the process of refinishing my Squire PJ. It was a 3TSB going to a baby blue. Question is should I paint the headstock to match? It's got a rosewood board.
    Also, pics of your matching-headstock basses are encouraged!

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  2. Picton

    Picton

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    Yes. The answer is always yes. Always paint the headstock to match.

    Nice color choice.
     
  3. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    Yeah, that's the way I'm leaning... :bassist:
     
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  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Meh ...

    But whatever stiffens your linguine...
     
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  5. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    The headstock of a bass guitar is a very interesting object to me and I would like some different color on it (surf green headstosk on Olympic white body) or whatever. Nice bass though.
     
  6. tlc1976

    tlc1976

    Aug 2, 2016
    Michigan
    I love a woodgrain bass with a headstock overlay of the body wood. Like the bass in my sig, cherry body and headstock overlay. Someday I'd like to overlay my 7 string with a nice amber stained piece of ash to match the body.

    To me, a matching headstock makes any bass look like a more expensive instrument.
     
  7. Eric ER

    Eric ER

    Mar 22, 2015
    Seattle, wa
    Previous: Dusty Strings harp/dulcimer building
    7EF0BB50-C8D3-4805-95F8-52BF185D869B.jpeg I just finished my jazz bass build with matching headstock. It’s daphne blue. I did my p a while back in fiesta red. 6A5EB667-2A07-4DB1-BB8F-6D188CC4A085.jpeg
     
  8. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Sure, why not finish it.
    Always wondered why Fender and so many other compsnies never finished painting bass after bass after bass.
     
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  9. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    Sometimes I like a painted headstock, sometimes I don't.

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  10. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
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  11. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    LA
    Closest thing I ever had was a chocolate brown grabber with a black headstock
     
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  12. Gizmot

    Gizmot

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    I only have one instrument with a painted headstock - a G & L. The headstock is painted gloss black and it’s a nice contrast to the clear red body and rosewood neck.
     
  13. 4SG

    4SG

    Mar 6, 2014
    Love that light blue and, in fact, have a sonic blue body on order from MJT. I'm definitely NOT going with a matching headstock, though. While I get that the continuity of a color scheme unifies an instrument's appearance a matching headstock--to me--diminishes the finish on the body. A distraction rather than a compliment, in other words. All finish choices are super subjective, obviously, and if a matching headstock is your thing, go for it. But you asked...
     
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  14. big_fundamental

    big_fundamental

    Oct 3, 2016
    No. Never paint the headstock to match the body color. The neck is a continuous piece of wood, and the face of the headstock should match the back and sides. Sorry, one persons aesthetic opinion.

    Practically speaking also, owning several Fender-style basses, I can swap necks between them at any time without being concerned about the headstock clashing, because it is woodgrain.
     
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  15. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
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  16. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    +1 to all this ^^^^
     
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  17. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
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  19. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Yes for sure!
     
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  20. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
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