Do people just think the script is too outrageous? Do they dislike the black paint as well.
It is my personal belief that the reason that the HM strats got a black painted headstock is because the Black & Yellow Charvel Eddie Van Halen had, a.k.a. the VHII guitar, (also buried with brother Dime) had a black painted headstock. 'Nuff said. I also know that Sid from the David Letterman show also had a Strat copy with a entirely black painted neck. The contemporary MIJ strats of the mid 80s also had entirely black painted necks. Maybe this too influenced the HM's headstock being painted black. I don't know the real reason, other than to say it was painted to be aesthetically pleasing.
Personally I'm not in love with the script logo Strat on the headstocks. However, I also have a "respect" maybe, or something that makes me not want to remove it and deface a "slice of Fender history" as Bo puts it.
I do have one neck left to rebuild and the headstock has already been sanded clean. I'm probably going to do a vinyl decal in black with some lighter colored lettering on it, and eventually get it clear coated. Haven't decided what I want to do on this one. Since I am resurrecting a guitar from the dead, I feel kind of justified in putting whatever I want on it. On the other hand, it's a proud lineage and I'd want "HM Strat" to be on it somewhere.
Here's one that was refinished in plain gloss black.
"Jimi would be playing an HM Strat if he were still alive." Bob @ Genesis Recording Studios.
Post by nickwellings on Apr 6, 2010 5:00:05 GMT -5
I like that job you did, Bo. Looks cool.
My refinned blue HM has a bare headstock. I think it looks pretty classy actually! I am in a 70's covers band, and the guys are pretty strict about appearances. A normal HM with logo probably would not pass parade, but the blank headstock one did, and it is fun to play as a result, sort of like me sneaking one past them.
I know, bad that they are so strict, but what can I do.