Headstock decal query

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  1. Frenchie

    Frenchie Strat-Talk Member

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    I was’t quite sure after all these years whether I got it in Macari’s or Roka’s to be honest, I went in all the shops that day. Pretty sure Macari’s was at 25 Denmark street.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Don't worry about him, they don't let him out on his own, for good reason. :D
     
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    I agree, which is why I started the thread. It was like that in 87 when I bought it, why I don’t know. I know for sure the neck is genuine, most of the rest isn’t. I would imagine getting hold of the decals for restoration purposes, wasn’t so easy back then. There is crazing on the headstock face and it is a golden hue compared to the rest of the neck. So yes a mystery.
     
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    Was it? You may be right. So when did they move to the larger shop in Charing Cross Road?

    Awful shop anyway, full of staff who were arrogant & unhelpful even by the usual standards of Denmark Street....

    Was Roka the one that sold spares & parts in the years pre-internet?
     
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    Frenchie Strat-Talk Member

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    Now you are asking. The only shop I knew well was Andy’s, I had many a guitar fixed up there.
     
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    So did I till I found people prepared to do the same work for considerably less money! Including Tim something or other who used to work there.
     
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    Since this didn't get answered: It simplified production so that both the 1-piece maple necks and the necks with the rosewood fingerboards (which by this point were the thin "round laminate" design) would have the truss rod inserted the same way from the back of the neck.

    The vintage-style rosewood fingerboard necks that do not have the plug at the headstock have the truss rod inserted from the top of the neck - so they would rout the channel for the truss rod, insert it, and then glue the fingerboard to the neck.
     
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    Thank you, glad to be here
     
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    With that back story I can’t see it being on the market again!
     
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    Nope! Few hundred yards along on Charring Cross Road.
     
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    Most people your age put their teeth in a glass of water overnight. You put your brain in a bucket?
     
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    I’m sure that was Roma’s, though I had my suspicions, even back then, that several of the shops were the same company under a different banner. Right now I believe what’s left is pretty-much all owned by Rose Morris.
     
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    It's Sheffield. ;)
     
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    I think it was called Roka. But yeah they were all owned by one company. I was told a while ago that Wunjo is the only independent store in Denmark Street.
     
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    Very nice. Very cool and unique strat you have there. Glad you got it back!
     
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    No reason for anyone to hate on Tex Mex - I used them for over 7 years in various strats of mine and have, quite frankly, paid more for other pickup sets that did not sound as good.
    The only reason I moved on from them is that I prefer lower output pickups in the neck and middle positions - but bang-for-the-buck - they are hard to beat...
     
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    There was a lot going on at Fender at that time. As mentioned above you seem to have a mixture of logos. Some 1982 Fenders have S8 serial number (suggesting 1978) I'd guess, either someone at the factory pieced the transfer together themselves or perhaps it was a prototype logo that some how found its way out. Looks genuine to me, there would have been no mileage in making a fake in 1987.
     
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    My walnut Strat type is the same colour.
     
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    I think you may be right Steve, it's nice to have something a little different from the norm.