Headstock decal for '57 Strat?

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by stormin1155, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Strat-Talker

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    I have a customer's 1957 strat in my shop. It was his dad's... bought it new in '57, and it's the guitar my customer learned on growing up. Long story short, everything is original, except somewhere along the way, someone refinished the neck. My task is to age the neck so it better matches the body.

    The first order of business is finding a correct headstock decal. Can anyone point me to a good source?

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  2. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Hi, @stormin1155

    My thought would be contact Fender to request advice .
     
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  4. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    I thought the 3 tsb was first seen in '58.

    Is it a late '57 from all the other body dates and pot codes etc?

    Re the decal as others have said I'm sure Fender is the place to go.
     
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  5. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Contact Fender, one more time.
     
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    3TSB...and the headstock...hmmm.
     
  7. systolsys

    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    As with everybody above... if you don't do this through oficially Fender, you run the risk of being in the same boat as the people who run off stickers, put them on chinese knockoffs, and sell them to people who end up on this forum asking "is this real?".

    Will it cost you money? Probably. Will that pay itself back 100x or more if this is authenticated and certified as a real 57? Absolutely.
     
  8. rolandson

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    True story:
    One of those '57 "vintage reissues". Refret, maple neck. Finishing lacquer was real lacquer not fender tinted fake. Two Tone neck. Authorized service center jumped through hoops authenticating...photos, neck plate rubbings sorta hoops.

    fender sent decal. $5.00

    Talk to fender cs.
     
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  9. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Strat-Talker

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    Thanks for your advice guys. I have an email into Fender.
     
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    That's a great guitar though the date of '57 needs further 'splainin'. Your photo shows a lot of cherry in the sunburst. That didn't start until 1958. I'm wondering if, in addition to the neck refinish, there was a body refinish.
    Best of luck on the decal quest. I agree with those who say you need to go through Fender. It still won't be completely accurate with an original '57 decal, unless they have a stash of NOS decals. The decals they put on the reissues have the tip of the "e's" rounded a bit in comparison to the originals.
     
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  11. rolandson

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    Good eye!
     
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    That string tree looks weird(screw is not original).
    And it should be positioned more to the second tuner, this way it looks like it is in the middle, like on reissues until 2012.
     
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    As far as I'm aware, authorised Fender dealers can get hold of replacement decals from Fender if the guitar and serial number appear OK. Not sure how exact they are though.
     
  14. Sottilario

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    I would go for a silk screened replacement with gold metallic inkt.
     
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