matching headstock

nikolai_fraiture Here Ye! Inspired by my new custom @fender glitter pbass with matching headstock and mirrored pickguard, I have penned the Bassist’s Creed (Full Metal Bass). All aspiring bassists must learn it by heart. #nofakes (📷 x @g_i_r_o_u_x with @summermoonband) “This is my bass. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bass is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My bass, without me, is useless. Without my bass, I am useless. I must play my bass true.
My bass is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a sibling. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its strings and its body. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my bass clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will… Before the Great Creator, I swear this creed. My bass and myself are the defenders of low end. We are the masters of rhythm, melody and harmony. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is Love’s and there is no enemy, but Peace!” ✌🏽


Here’s something new - I have not seen one of these before.  Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster® in “Oxblood” with matching headstock.  The colour doesn’t come through very well in these photos but I assure you it’s lovely…and so different!  It’s MIM, and for roughly 800 clams Canadian  (if I remember correctly…) you can take it home.


More guitar shopping fun at Capsule Music in Toronto, Canada:

  • 1969 Fender Mustang in Competiton Red with matching headstock.  (edit:  I ended up buying this one!)
  • ‘65 Jazzmaster in Lake Placid Blue, ‘63 Jaguar, black refin, ‘62 Jaguar.
  • 1956 Fender Precision bass refin.
  • 1927 Gibson L-0.

Solid body electric guitars are a normal thing now.  But when the brand new Fender Telecaster - the first ever mass-produced solid body electric guitar - debuted at NAMM, people didn’t know what to think of it.  Some even said it looked like a canoe paddle.  Which reminded me of this song:

Tom Thomson came paddling past - I’m pretty sure it was him.  And he spoke softly in accordance with the growing of the din.   He said "Bring on the brand new renaissance, ‘cause I think I’m ready.  Well, I’ve been shaking all night long, but my hands are steady”

- The Tragically Hip, Three Pistols, 1991.

Some of the instruments pictured above:

  • 2011 Gibson SG 12 string, 50th Anniversary.
  • 2009 American Standard Stratocaster, FSR in fiesta red with matching headstock.
  • 2009 Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Special TV Model, Single Cut VOS
  • 2006 Custom Shop '60 Strat Relic, candy apple with matching headstock.
  • 2005 Gibson Custom ES-335 VOS.
  • 1966 Jaguar
  • Various Telecasters (photo 1)

Various shots from my collection:

  • 1997 or 98 Rickenbacker 360, turquoise.
  • 2009 Fender American Standard Telecaster, FSR, fiesta with matching headstock.
  • 2005 Fender Custom Shop Ltd. Edition, ‘66 Closet Classic Stratocaster, firemist silver metallic
  • 2010 PRS Starla special order (hardtail rather than Bigsby), transparent charcoal.
  • 2011 Marshal JTM1-C