Matching Headstock

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  1. jimiwhite


    Jul 8, 2003
    Considering a bass project.. What is your opinion on matching headstocks? Please post a photo of same if you have one....Thanks
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  2. wmhill


    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
    MTD basses endorsed artist Bartolini pickups emerging artist TECAMP bass players gear endorsed

    Love it- it adds an extra measure of attention to detail in my opinion.

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  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    It’s a nice detail. Keeps from looking generic
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  4. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Gotta have the matching headstock...

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  5. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
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  6. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    Love em, got the Flea and the TF is on the way.

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  7. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Bisquayne2a - Copy.jpg Here's one of my parts basses. The Fender decal even says Parts Bass instead of Jazz Bass
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  8. rocu


    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
    I don’t have one.

    I want one.
  9. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Love em. I’ve got the limited edition American Elite Jazz 5 in surf pearl with matching headstock.
  10. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
  11. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I much prefer a matching headstock, but it's not a dealbreaker if I don't have one. But every instrument I've ever built has a matching 'stock.
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  12. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    With a black body, dark fingerboard, and maple neck, it’s a must.

    With a maple neck and maple fingerboard, though? Leave that thing alone.
  13. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    I vote yes.


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  14. N4860


    Mar 28, 2017
    I love them but they're by no means a deal breaker. My favourite basses don't have them but I wish they did.

    Here are my basses and the 3 that have matching breadsticks are the Bongo 6 and the BFR Stingrays (green one and pink one):

  15. 21DaHoagie12


    Feb 21, 2019
    New Jersey
    My Geddy Jazz replica build. I think the matching headstock looks right for this build and I’ve gotten many complements on the color scheme as well.
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  16. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    I love them. They are classic mid-60’s Fender as far as I’m concerned.
    Of course sunburst is kind of classic too.
    64 SB and 65 CAR (with matching headstock)
    (BTW, I don’t own either of these anymore):

  17. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    They’re nearly always preferable for me. It often looks either cheap or like the neck was built by someone else when it doesn’t match. It’s especially noticeable on some Sadowskys or G&Ls that might have a fancy top like buckeye burl with a rosewood fretboard and then just a plain maple headstock that doesn’t match anything.
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  18. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I’m down, I like ‘em.
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  19. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
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