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Custom Guitar Waterslide Headstock Decal Transfer (54 Style)

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Product Description

Ours are the highest quality waterslide decals printed in opaque and truly metallic inks on clear water slide material. The images above show our decals applied to wood and lacquered over - no visible edge, no cloudy backing!

They are compatible with most spray lacquers including acrylic and nitrocellulose. The layout and fonts are as shown in the image(s) above - you can choose the colours and the text that you would like. This design fits most standard size 6-in-line electric guitar headstocks.

To order please fill out the options above before clicking "Add to Basket".

The artwork image is labelled with the Part Numbers, i.e. Part 1, Part 2 etc. Generally speaking:

  • Part 1 is the main, largest part of the logo which represents the 'manufacturer's name'. (maximum 9 characters)
  • Part 2 is the 'model name' part of the design. (maximum 15 characters)
  • Part 3 is the subtext underneath Parts 1 and 2.
  • Part 4 is the small text which sit on the end of the headstock.

Using the example pictured above you would choose and type the following options:

  • Colour: A: Gold Fill + Black Outline + Black Text
  • Part 1: Rothko
  • Part 2: CUSTOM DECAL
  • Part 4: ORIGINAL Custom Designs
  • Coating: No Coating

Please type all text in the case you want it printed, i.e. if you want it in upper case type it in upper case. We will print the words exactly as you type them.

Waterslide decals cannot be applied to oiled surfaces. Full application and finishing instructions are included with each order which we strongly advise you follow closely irrespective of previous decal experience.

Our high quality guitar headstock decals are printed on to fresh, exceptionally thin waterslip paper which gives an incredible finish but some people find more delicate that other waterslide decals they have used in the past. We include an off-cut of material for you to practice with before applying the actual decal so that you can get an idea of how the material behaves. Please note that as these are custom made-to-order items they are exempt from UK Distance Selling Regulations; these decals cannot be returned unless they are proven to be defective or if the design is not as requested. In this situation a replacement will be offered.


  • Our decals are precision made restoration quality decals printed onto the finest quality fresh waterslide paper.
  • We use completely opaque and permanent inks, including truly metallic gold and silver, so unlike decals printed on inkjet or laser printers the colour of our decals is not affected by the colour of the surface underneath - our decals can be used on ANY colour headstock.
  • The paper is ultra thin (allowing for a superior edgeless finish - like the originals), the unprinted areas remain totally transparent, and it is compatible with all spray lacquer types including nitrocellulose.
  • Like all waterslide decals ours can only be applied to sealed, non-porous, non-oily surfaces (for example lacquered wood).
  • They are designed and produced by us in our studio, printed freshly to order.
  • The coatings we use are a liquid form of the decal paper itself. One coat over the top sandwiches the ink. This helps prevent scratches and aids application.

These are CUSTOM decals. Text will be printed in the fonts shown. Your requested design should not contain any trademarks or copyrighted designs unless you are the rights owner or have their express consent to use such marks. By ordering you agree to these terms.

Basic Application Instructions

  1. Sand your lacquered headstock to 600 grit.
  2. Cut the decal to a 'smooth pebble' shape - a precise outline is unnecessary.
  3. Soak for a couple of seconds in water, then apply to headstock.
  4. Smooth out and dry with tissue paper, then leave overnight to fully adhere.
  5. Spray over with some clear lacquer.
  6. Polish the headstock for a professional finish. Our Complete Polishing Kit is ideal for this and contains everything you need for hand polishing lacquers to a high gloss.

Product Videos

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Product Reviews

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  1. Custom decal, 5 star quality

    Posted by Erik Kelemen on 22nd Jun 2017

    I ordered 2 waterslide custom decals for a guitar I'm building...the site was easy to use to place to order, my order arrived (internationally) in less than a week. The product was beautiful! Directions were easy to follow, and the decal was applied with ease. Looks great!!!

  2. Great quality

    Posted by Harald on 20th Jun 2017

    Looks professional, easy application and affordable. Could not be happier!

  3. Fragile .

    Posted by Richard Aubin on 25th May 2017

    Received the decal with a scratch in the middle . I was able to install it properly with decent result .
    Not perfect but OK .

    The font and everything is exactly as ordered .

    Fast delivery even in Canada

    Overall average

  4. Excellent product and service.

    Posted by Bill on 13th Apr 2017

    I requested two custom guitar headstock decals...from across the pond. One week later I had them in-hand, perfectly made and packaged, with detailed directions for application to my guitar. Now the proud owner of a Fauxnder Crapocaster. Thanks, guys!

  5. Exactly as advertised; Exactly as ordered

    Posted by Doc Mock on 1st Mar 2017

    The decal was just what I was looking for, and resembles the Fender logo style well but with your own words. Placing the decal is delicate work, but that's the nature of the medium. If I need another headstock decal, I'll order from Rothko & Frost again.

  6. Perfect decal. Beautifully done.

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2017

    My custom headstock decal is beautiful, and matched my specifications perfectly. I found application to be difficult, but that's a reflection of the nature of water slide decals, not of this product. In fact, this decal was relatively easy to install as compared to some others that I have used.

  7. Excellent classy heastock decals

    Posted by Aaron in New Hampshire, USA on 23rd Jan 2017

    Easy to order, easy to apply, beautiful product. I sprayed over the headstocks with numerous coats (>10) of thin nitrocellulose lacquer and the decal lines are completely hidden under the glossy clear coat.

  8. Great decals, quick shipping too!

    Posted by Ryan on 23rd Jan 2017

    I just built my first guitar and needed a headstock decal as the final touch. These guys offered the best flexibility for custom text and designs. The price was right and it arrived in about a week or so in the US. The directions were very clear, and they include a test decal that is a must-do so you understand how exactly the process works. My first attempt with the test decal was a big flop, but I took the lessons I learned from that one and put the two real ones on flawlessly. Will definitely order again for my next build.

  9. Best Decals On The Market

    Posted by Andrew Darnley on 18th Jan 2017

    I've had Rothko & Frost do a few decals for my project guitars. They always arrive extremely well packaged compared with other decals I've been sent in the past. The font is really well done and colours are very UV stable. The film backing is very stable so decals are easy to apply. These guys are my first choice for decals

  10. Great product!!!

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Oct 2016

    Great work, the decal looks awesome, thanks

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