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    Speaking of Matching Headstocks....

    The question of matching headstock or not was never much of a question for me. Nor did I really prefer maple boards over rosewood. A few years ago, though, I realized it DID matter somewhat, if only in a cosmetic sense. I never noticed much of a sonic difference between maple/rosewood - although my preferred flatwounds could have a bit to do with that.

    Anyway, along the way, I realized that I simply preferred the look of a darker board. And then I started to think I preferred matching headstocks with the darker board, but not with maple boards.

    So what's your preference?

    Maple with matching headstocks or not?
    Rosewood with matching headstocks or not?

    I realize that taste is arbitrary and mine (if you ask Sterling, to be sure) is questionable.

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    Same here, but there are exceptions:

    (wonder where that landed)
    Last edited by Bert; 12-30-2017 at 08:59 AM.
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    i Personally think a matching headstock looks better with a dark board than light especially with darker colours.
    Rosewood definitely feels “mentally” warmer to me (maple has been a deal breaker in the past so guess I’m biased).

    So it’s maple with plain headstock
    Rosewood with matching headstock

    (Matching headstock. Face of headstock is the same colour as the body of the bass)
    Last edited by danny-79; 12-30-2017 at 01:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bert View Post
    same here, but there are exceptions:

    (wonder where that landed)
    nice!

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    I have a couple one matching and one not.
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    Cool

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    One matching one not. They are still a pair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    Same here, but there are exceptions
    Well, yeah, you got me there....but that board is so dark it's almost like rosewood - and that's technically not a matching headstocks.

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    For me, if it's a maple board I want a plain headstock. With a rosewood board I can take it or leave it. It really depends on the color. I grew up playing basses with plain headstocks. I guess that's what I'm used to so it looks right to me.

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    For me the fret board type does matter, but for me it’s always non-matching headstock

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    I love matching headstocks but don't currently have a bass with one. Hmm.

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    I typically prefer dark fretboard matching headstock and maple board non-matching. But... you do have to break your own rules when you find that oddball. Jack... You should send me the Cutlass because you are nice. JOSH
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    I prefer a plain headstock with either Maple or Rosewood fretboard. The exception is my 30th Anni Trans Crimson which has a matching headstock. I also like the ones made for the German distributor some years back....all black, matching headstock, Ebony fretboard and chrome hardware.
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    It really depends on the guitar. Some look great with the matching painted headstock, others just don't. Too each their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Trussbroken View Post
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    I prefer a plain headstock with either Maple or Rosewood fretboard. The exception is my 30th Anni Trans Crimson which has a matching headstock. I also like the ones made for the German distributor some years back....all black, matching headstock, Ebony fretboard and chrome hardware.
    I have a 30th Stingray as well. I think of matching headstocks as painted, not stained, which is why I said I didn't have one. But I guess I do.

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    2006 30th Anniversary Stingray
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    2014 Big Al 4SSS inca silver w/full rosewood neck

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    Coupla tings .....

    1. If you favor clear gloss finished bodies,
    you get a more-or-less matching HS at a
    $000.00 upcharge ... and acoarst a black
    USA SUB also has a $000.00 matching HS.

    2. If you play a maple FB under a focused
    spotlite on stage, do NOT look at your FB
    while playing ... especially if it's a fretted
    5-string. The bright blond wood makes the
    frets and strings appear black, the spotlite
    throws black shadows of the 5 strings and
    so now you got 10 black lines running the
    length of the neck crossed by 20+ black
    lines across the neck which, if my math is
    semi-correct, yields 100 zillion little black
    boxes dancing on the bright spotlit blonde
    FB. Acoarst, with a 4-string there's only
    80 zillion little black rectangles, which is
    waaaay easier on the eyeballs ...

    And soooo .... thaz how Golem came to
    favor black strings and ebony FL FBs. If
    I glance at my FB all I see is my fingers.
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