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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / i think Strat headstocks look some much better than tele ones.

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montana63

seattleUSA

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Aug 3rd, 2011 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put a Tele Deluxe neck on a Strat body and really like the look.

BlondeStrat
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Aug 3rd, 2011 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I put a Tele Deluxe neck on a Strat body and really like the look."

I did it because it's the only way to get a 12" fret board radius and the large 70s Stratocaster headstock.

Here's one

Jeepguy

USA

Aug 4th, 2011 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice. Love the CBS headstock. I just put my tele neck on a strat body as well, last week. The squared butt of the neck wouldn't let it sit in the pocket very well. Didn't seem to affect anything.

Ten Bob

ENGLAND

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Aug 6th, 2011 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

i have to disagree; I have a strat with a tele neck (a luthier would weep if he could see the state of the neck pocket after my amateur hacking of wood, but it works)...I think the tele headstock looks better and on a strat it matches the body's curves nicely, it all looks rather elegant. Just personal taste of course but i like it

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Aug 6th, 2011 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

When you consider the overall unadorned design of the Telecaster, you wonder why Leo and pals didn't leave the 6-in-line headstock just large enough to accommodate the tuners. His first design for the guitar (the so-called "snake head" headstock) was simply a slightly reduced copy of his 3+3 lap steel headstock of the time.

A few minutes of examination, and you realize the shape of the headstock has nothing to do with engineering or aesthetics considerations.

The headstock shape is strictly based on brand recognition and...safety!

Brand recognition - a slight bulge in the wood surface to accommodate a logo that can be seen from at least 30 feet away, and

Safety - The rounded end is a stroke of genius. Even the corners of a non-"pointy" guitar like a Les Paul headstock hurt on a crowded stage =o)

I like both the large and small Strat headstocks, and the Tele headstock shape. I've gotten used to 'em over the years.

Brand recognition is also the reason why CBS blew up the headstock on the Strat: they wanted television viewers to recognize Fenders on TV when the camera shot was not close enough to read the logo. It worked...that was marketing genius.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Dangit! Hot weather.
Aug 6th, 2011 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love them all, Tele, vintage Strat, 70's Strat...

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Oct 31st, 2014 11:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tele headstock is the best. Basically, they never changed it. They tried to enlarge the Strat and it didn't work . Smaller is better! :)

ecfan

New Jersey USA

I-IV-V
Nov 1st, 2014 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

What's a Tele? wink, wink... My Strats must have the small headstock.

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Nov 7th, 2014 10:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tele is the best, simple, elegant.

side-swipeTelecaster

The Free World

The New World Order is DOOMED...
Nov 7th, 2014 11:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I dig both Strat & Tele head stock shapes... They are noticeably cousin guitars......

telegib

Canada

Nov 8th, 2014 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

The tele is a very plain looking guitar. As musicians we have the ability to understand the simplicity of the design and what makes them so great and for that reason we grow to love the look and shape of them. And some people just love the tele look.

But when I was much younger I was always put off by the tele design. I didn't like the tiny headstock and square slab body design. I couldn't see myself spending all my money on such a plain looking guitar that I couldn't bond with. I read about the tele's unique tone but couldn't understand or believe why I couldn't get that tone and more from a Strat. But as the years went by and I heard all those great solos and found out that they were played on a tele I had no choice but to buy one.

Now I love the look of the tele as much as I love the tone and now I own several teles.

However I still love the Strat headstock design much more than the tele. It looks much more balanced and accurate to me.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 08:30 AM, Nov 8th, 2014)

ConchoBill
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Bluz Cowboy
Nov 14th, 2014 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

As a kid watching all of the Country Western acts on TV I really liked the Tele headstocks. I didn't think much about the guitars at the time, when I got a guitar it was a Goya classical. I liked the body style of a Strat because I thought Jimi looked good playing one. When a person is a teen ager, so much is about image!


socal
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California

Aug 2nd, 2018 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's the genius of Leo. There's Strat lovers and there's Tele lovers. Leo came up with these two icons. Incredible.

Peegoo
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Ooo that sandwich

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Aug 2nd, 2018 11:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not completely the case.

Paul Bisby's guitar preceded the Strat, and even it borrowed the headstock shape from older German guitars.

Bigsby's headstock next to a "CBS" Strat headstock

Peegoo
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Ooo that sandwich

is gonna get et
Aug 2nd, 2018 11:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

There was a whole lot of idea stealing in the guitar business.

Most players know Les Paul didn't design anything on the Gibson guitar bearing his name--it was already done when Gibson sought him out for the endorsement deal--but here's something not many players are aware of.

O. W. Appleton built what is probably the first solid body electric guitar as we know it today. He went to Gibson with it in 1942 to see if they were interested. They weren't.

This was years before Fender's Broadcaster and a full 10 years before the Gibson Les Paul.

Look familiar?

socal
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California

Aug 3rd, 2018 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thx for the good info, Peegoo!

(This message was last edited by socal at 04:05 PM, Aug 3rd, 2018)

socal
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California

Aug 4th, 2018 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi jesse1d, Jeepguy & Ten Bob, This is a good OP on Strats/Teles. I also like a Tele headstock on a Strat body. So much so that I ended up picking up 10 early 80s Bullets. 8 are US Fullertons (almost all configs), 1 is MIJ Squier (dual hb) & 1 is a US Fullerton Bullet Bass (short scale). The Bullet necks as you probably already know are basically the same as Tele necks (Herb Gastelum, etc.). Altho probably a little narrower at the nut. My preferred Bullet neck is what I call a "triple maple". One piece maple neck, maple skunk stripe and maple plug. John Page said that he wanted to make the Bullet neck special with the maple skunk stripe (altho many Bullet necks have walnut skunk stripes). Guys pick up these early 80s essentially Tele necks for around $325 when they are offered. The Strat-shaped body on Bullets are 7/8 sized. The narrower neck and smaller body were designed to accommodate younger student players since the Bullets were introduced to replace the Mustangs. Also, John Cruz put together many of the Fullerton Bullet pickguards with his signed JC initials. Many with the same early 80s Fullerton Strat 57/62 RI red bobbin pups. Haven't seen any grey bobbins in early 80s Fullerton Bullets. Fullerton red bobbin pups also show up in the early 80s MIJ Squier Bullets. It's rumored that the early 80s MIJ Squier Bullets have US Fullerton-made necks (some at least). Not sure if that's true.

Peegoo
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Ooo that sandwich

is gonna get et
Aug 4th, 2018 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Bullet is a 100% pro-level guitar. Wonderful to play, and they sound fantastic.

Not too far a jump from the Mustang, Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic.

socal
Contributing Member

California

Aug 5th, 2018 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Peegoo, Seems as if you know everything 'bout Fender. Thx for your input, man.

socal
Contributing Member

California

Aug 9th, 2018 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, These early 80s Fullerton Bullets are going for a high of $650+. I believe they are kinda under the radar being confused with Made in China & Made in Korea Bullets, etc. (as well as MIJ Squier Bullets). Do you see the Fullerton Bullets appreciating from $650+ if "discovered" by more buyers? Just from asking Fender players almost none really know about the USA Bullets.

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