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Fender Custom Colors

Tom Wittrock

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Just don't call Fiesta, "Salmon Pink!!!" Man, I hate it when that happens.:rofl

Here's a little Custom Color trivia for you. Bill Carson was a good friend of mine and he told me that he remembered some all girl show band from Vegas ordering matching instruments... all Shell Pink. Bill said that those were the only Shell Pink guitars and basses that he ever remembered them making.
I remember seeing a Shell Pink Jag at the Dallas Show in the late '80's and I almost bought it just for the color. Never seen another original Shell Pink Fender guitar... really rare color.

That might have been my Jag.
When I took a pink Jaguar to a Texas show, everybody commented on the original pink color.
When I took a pink Strat, almost everybody claimed it was Fiesta Red. :ganz
Go figure. :rolleyes:
 

roadrunner

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That might have been my Jag.
When I took a pink Jaguar to a Texas show, everybody commented on the original pink color.
When I took a pink Strat, almost everybody claimed it was Fiesta Red. :ganz
Go figure. :rolleyes:

Hey Tom, yup it must've been. Only original Shell Pink... anything... I've ever seen in my life. Way cool guitar.

You had an original Shell Pink Strat??? That's insane!!!:dude:
 

585960

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All Jags and Jazzmasters gone...I just never had the love for them....have almost all the others though...
 
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Three13

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Sorry the strings are off:

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DMartini

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Three13 - Wow! what is that oldie? 1957? also what colour? Dakota?
I bet that Stratocaster has enjoyed some great times.
 

sikoniko

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my guess, based on the round string tree, looks like an ash body, but lack of polystyrene, is a 56. how did I do?
 

sikoniko

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'54. It's gold/translucent red/gold/translucent red.

makes sense to be '54. I see where the close-up of the pickup cover is poly-styrene. overlooked it until you dated it.

is it the original color? not sure what you mean by the back and forth on the color.
 

Minibucker

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Ocean Turquoise is my favorite for a RW neck, probably Fiesta Red for a maple.
 

Three13

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The back and forth is describing the order the paint went down. There's a coat of gold, a coat of translucent red, another coat of gold and a final coat of translucent red. After about four years of serious research, I'm convinced it's original, right down to the nail holes.
 

DMartini

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Three13 - do you sort of mean its kind of like a candy?
because that's all a candy is, just a dye. (yes I do know CAR was not around till early in the '60s)
when you say gold, is that like Shoreline/Aztec? or the Fullerplast sealer?
either way a very cool and rare 1954, congrats on a genuine rare bird :salude
 

Three13

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It is analogous to CAR; however, the term Candy Apple wasn't adopted until '56, with the advent of acrylics. Prior to '56 translucent colors couldn't be used on car exteriors because the only binding agent that went on clear was nitrocellulose, which would have crazed on a car almost immediately.
 

Hammertone

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International Color Series:
Arctic White
Morocco Red
Monaco Yellow
Maui Blue
Capri Orange
Sahara Taupe
Cathay Ebony

 
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