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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Lonn, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    I love everything about my new Roadhouse Strat except......sometimes I look at it and think Squier. Its the color combo. Squier put out an SE model in basically the same color scheme and I can't get it out of my head. I like Squiers mind you, I've owned hundreds and will own more, but I don't want to think Squier when I'm looking at my Fender. How very shallow of me. I think I'll go with mint green. I wonder if going with black plastics would do it for me?

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  2. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 13, 2015
    Cascadia
    Mint will look very nice on that. I'd go with parchment or white plastic though. I think black would be sorta ... meh!
     

  3. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    45
    Aug 7, 2009
    austin texas
    A brownshell pickguard over sunburst has nothing to do with Squier or cheap in my mind...some early 1960s Strats had them.But I do love mint green and think it would look great on your guitar.
     

  4. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    37
    60
    Jul 19, 2017
    Manchester
    I have a sunburst strat with maple neck, recently installed a mint pickguard with aged white knobs. The be honest, it Looked like crap. Mint pickguards just look bad with maple necks IMHO. I ended up going with a parchment PG and knobs... now it looks amazing
     
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  5. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    I'd also go with parchment, matching the covers, knobs and switch tip also.

    To me, mint on that burst would make it look even more like a low end Squier. I know they were copying the look of early Stratocasters, but there are so much many more Squiers that people own. I don't know anyone who would be on this board playing out with a genuine L series in a corner bar.
     

  6. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    Found an Am Del in my color with a mint guard. I like it.

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  7. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    52
    366
    Sep 24, 2017
    Sharpsburg ,Ga.
    It's all in yo mind ...lol


    But I like the mint on there myself . This one looks good to me.

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  8. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
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    And an Am Elite. I'll give it time to grow on me.

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  9. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-Talker

    337
    Jul 30, 2014
    NE in the 4 corners
    I vote for black pickguard with black pickup covers. Kinda like this even though the burst is different.
     

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  10. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    37
    60
    Jul 19, 2017
    Manchester
    That one does not look Mint at all. I really like it too. It looks more like parchment in the image. Mint PGs look drastically different depending on the ambient light. That is why I made the mistake of buying one :rolleyes: check my strat DF8D64AC-68DF-457C-BE0D-F2D9ECFC7DF2.jpeg 6E305A7D-7DCA-4BF8-A34D-AF9FC8ED9073.jpeg
     

  11. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    I was going to say that I have a pearl white PG from another SE that would look good on it but decided not to. (OH wait...LOL) I have been digging on aged white PGs with cream covers and knobs lately.
     

  12. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    Cream pearl guards are also my favorite.
     

  13. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    This is cream I believe. Looks perfect!
     

  14. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Boston
    Go with a black PG...
     

  15. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
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    Believer7713 has graciously offered me this one so we'll see how it looks.

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  16. LarryBirdsFace

    LarryBirdsFace Strat-Talker

    Age:
    34
    105
    Jan 17, 2017
    Maine
    I would go with either aged white, or cream knobs and pickup covers. To me stark white plastics are what me think of a guitar as "cheap"
    I actually like the color/pickguard combo, but in comparison to their dark tones, the bleached white plastics just jump out like a sore thumb, cream or aged white would actually come closer to matching the neck, giving the guitar a more tied together, cohesive look, in my opinion.
     
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  17. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Boston
    I do like the pearloid look...
     

  18. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    As do I. If these are bright white I'll do the coffee stain mod on them to darken them up a bit.
     

  19. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    Thanks again to Believer7713! I'll save that nice tort guard for my next black Strat where it belongs.

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