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Midnight Blue vs. Midnight Blue

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by joe72, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. joe72

    joe72 New Member!

    Jan 9, 2019
    Long Island
    Hey all,
    Long time reader, new member here! So I just purchased a strat off of guitar centers used inventory online (very good deal i thought). A 1993 American standard strat in ,Midnight Blue with a rosewood neck. I own a 93 American tele in midnight blue and so assumed it would be the identical color however side by side reveals the strat, two years newer, is definitely a darker shade of blue. So I guess my question is, can the same factory color appear differently on different guitars, time periods, or other factors or is it possible that either the strat or tele are not really midnight blue but another color? Just curious...I know its the sound and playability that are the most important factors...just wondering out loud, on the computer.

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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Terra Incognito
    Different batch so there is always a risk for a slight difference.

    Geezez is that poster signed? Lucky bastard
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  3. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    Maybe the Strat has had much more exposure to sunlight? That's all I got!
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  4. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I don't know that, but I can't help but notice the The Wall was only $45 to see. Expensive then, now a bargain!

    Beautiful finishes whatever the difference. Different people at different times with different materials? I'd call them Midnight Purple though!
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  5. joe72

    joe72 New Member!

    Jan 9, 2019
    Long Island
    Cant even get the cheapeez for $45! I actually found that at Bed Bath and Beyond along with a bunch of other cool ones...Ramones, Bruce, GnR...yeah...i think they are more purple than blue as well.
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  6. joe72

    joe72 New Member!

    Jan 9, 2019
    Long Island
    Bed Bath and Beyond special!
  7. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 10, 2013
    Hillsboro, OR, USA
    What do you mean by "off of guitar centers"? Do you mean from Guitar Center?

    I'd think they would have the paint formula saved and use the same formula for the paint each time? I know this may be slightly different, but there are home improvement stores you can go into and select any paint color and they will mix the paint for you to match the color you select. I would imagine it's a similar process for making the paint/finish for a guitar.
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  8. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    never thought of color...

    All my life...
    just loved Blue...
    thank you...
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  9. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA

    Have you tried seeing what they look like at midnight?...

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  10. Tom Cat Strat

    Tom Cat Strat Strat-Talker

    Jun 3, 2018
    New York
    Wow, I did not know Fender has a Midnight Blue. My Rickenbacker is a Midnight Blue and it is more weighted towards midnight than blue. It's a dark blue. Those Midnight Blue Fenders are lighter and also seem to be closer to a bluish purple.

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  11. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay
    Still miss my MIM P bass in midnight blue. It was very purple-like, and about 10 years old when I owned it.
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  12. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    This is my '99 Midnight Blue Strat. It is definitely on the darker side. In dim light it looks almost black.

  13. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    I’ve got a Butterscotch blonde 2004 Strat and 2018 Tele. Two different colors, waiting to see if the Tele ages.
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  14. jayoldschool

    jayoldschool Mod Admin Staff Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    Admin Post
    The difference can easily be due to formulation, thickness or number of coats. Metallics are notoriously difficult to match in the auto body business. Even when painting a complete car, panels like hoods and doors can often look different when they are painted separately. Something as simple as varying the coat overlap percentage can give you different hue.

    Midnight blue looks very different in different light. For example, my 89 in natural late afternoon:


    Same guitar in bad interior light:

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  15. Jesse414

    Jesse414 Strat-Talker

    Jan 1, 2019
    Ebidis your strat is awesome blue:D
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  16. joe72

    joe72 New Member!

    Jan 9, 2019
    Long Island
    Yes, from guitar center online.
  17. joe72

    joe72 New Member!

    Jan 9, 2019
    Long Island
    Thank you everyone for your considered thoughts. I am really enjoying the guitar so far..nice thin neck, nice sounding pickups, and pretty light. I can usually tell pretty quickly if Im gonna bond with a guitar...Im feelin this one...thanks again.
  18. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

    Jul 14, 2016
    In any event... beautiful color! And congrats on your new baby!
  19. Bowmap

    Bowmap I Nose A Thang or Two Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    I love that color. HNGD.

    I had not look at my two side by side that closely. Slight difference.
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    1994 and 1996
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  20. jmartyg

    jmartyg Strat-Talker

    Oct 7, 2010
    They are candy color, are they not? I had a 1999 Mexican that was a candy blue/purple. I think it was called Midnight Blue. It's possible that the thickness of the silver then the blue on top affect the shads more so than a solid color.