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Daphne Blue vs. Surf Green vs. Sonic Blue vs. Sky Blue

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Daniel9191, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Daniel9191

    Daniel9191 Strat-Talker

    Dec 28, 2011
    These colors all look a like?! how can i really tell them apart from each other? Surfing Green probably stands out the most in this lineup, but it seems that Fenders color definitions seems to change or something. I remember when there was a color chart on their website. Does anyone know where that went?

  2. oakhills

    oakhills Strat Cat Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 7, 2009
    Bay Area

  3. hornz

    hornz Strat-O-Master

    Nov 10, 2010
    The current Fender colour chart is here.

    Fluctuations in hues can happen for all sorts of reasons; some factory related, others age/condition/temperature/application/formulation/paint-type related. Most adhere to what people instantly recognise but some can be more difficult to pin-point.

    Surf, Seafoam = greens
    Daphne, Sonic = blues

  4. hornz

    hornz Strat-O-Master

    Nov 10, 2010
    oakhills, ya beat me to it!

  5. BradL

    BradL Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 1, 2010
    Sussex, UK
    Nice chart/link.

    Several other colours seem very similar such as Desert Sand and Honey Blonde. Maybe they're more obviously different in the flesh.

  6. Daniel9191

    Daniel9191 Strat-Talker

    Dec 28, 2011
    Thank you very much! I've been looking for that chart for quite some time!

  7. Polarbear

    Polarbear Don Poleone Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 18, 2011
    St Leonards, UK
    Seafoam Green is the greatest colour ever.

  8. nadzab

    nadzab Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    To me, Daphne Blue and Surf Green can look very similar, especially in photographs. For instance, this Strat is Surf Green, but it always looks close to DB when I photograph it:


    Your monitor can have an effect on how the color is perceived, too; there tends to be a lot more distinction when comparing them in real life. Compared to Surf Green, Seafoam, to me, always seems darker and more yellowy-green; Sonic Blue is lighter/paler; Daphne, as I mentioned, can be pretty close to Surf and vice-versa.

  9. Blind Radish

    Blind Radish Strat-Talker

    May 5, 2006
    Clearwater, Fl
    Sonic ... da best ....


  10. Tele like it is

    Tele like it is Left is right! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 2, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Well, one is more greener and surfier, and one is more bluer and Daphnier...

    Totally depends on the light and the white balance of your camera. The computer is always looking for a perfect 18% graytone to work from, so it will adjust the color to what it thinks is right. Inside light is more yellow, flourecent is green, and outdise is blue, so the camera tries to "fix" it by rebalancing. Usually, it gets close, but never dead on without help...

  11. malonius

    malonius Strat-Talker

    Dec 5, 2011
    Is that a Classic Player 60?? Whatever it is, it looks amazing.

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  12. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    Even Fender doesn't know the difference sometimes. They have had every color in between those at some point.

    Even on their color chart, Daphne and sonic blue look almost identical. In reality, I would call both of those Sonic Blue.