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Reshaping a Kit Headstock into a Tele Headstock - can it be done?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by cartoonzx, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. cartoonzx


    Apr 28, 2017
    I will be building my own p-bass in August, and yes it will be a kit. I'm pretty sure the head stock comes like this - http://www.diyguitars.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/pbk10all.jpg

    Could that be reshapable into a 51' head stock?

    Even if it comes like this - http://diyguitarkits.net/JB 4 dw.jpg
    Could it still be reshapable?

    I think p-basses look awesome with 51' headstocks so I really am hoping to reshape it like one (or to get someone too, but hey, could be a fun project) but I am not sure if I could. (Anyone know if Guitar Center does? :laugh:)

    Any help and suggestions would be appreciated!
  2. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Technically to spec, no, I don't think it can be done.
    But to get it in the ball park, absolutely!

    See templates below. The tele headstock fits inside the jazz headstock except for just below the d string tuner.
  3. cartoonzx


    Apr 28, 2017
    How about that other one?
  4. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Not tracking, what are you asking?
  5. cartoonzx


    Apr 28, 2017
    If I can reshape the headstock that looks rectangular, not shaped like a regular p-bass headstock.
  6. scourgeofgod


    Aug 17, 2006
    Cartoonzx is asking if the Tele headstock shape will fit if the kit comes like the picture below instead of the pre-shaped style. They are unsure whether the kit will come as a paddle or fully pre-shaped.

    I'm with you though, even if not an 100% exact copy you could make a recognizable T shape on either.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017
  7. Hey Cartoonz

    I did it, no sweat - but I reshaped a Fender Japan medium scale jazz headstock to an original P. Problem is from what I have observed - the Jazz headstock changed subtly more than a few times over the years. To be sure, I would do a quick tracing template from Illustrator, or an actual size photograph - lay it on the headstock and put an eyeball on it to be sure.

    Here is mine:

    Dual Headstock.

    Here is the actual and mine compared:


    I had to reshape and smooth out the back of the headstock a bit, but no big deal.

    As they say, certainly close enough for rock and roll!
    Last edited: May 1, 2017
  8. cartoonzx


    Apr 28, 2017
    Thanks for the reply! That's good enough haha it's barely noticeable. Thanks for your help!
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  9. Papaschtroumpf


    Dec 27, 2017
    Hey I love the look of the stacked template, and I think I'm going to make a "2 layer" headstock for my bass. Will likely paint one but leave the other natural. Something like this photoshopped rendition (going for a relic'd look too)

    This will match the style of the headstock of my homemade telecaster:

  10. cartoonzx


    Apr 28, 2017
    Late reply I know, but I did it with a template. Not Perfect by any means,but I'm content. Thanks for your help!