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New American Pro colors?

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

  1. MikeinMaryland

    MikeinMaryland Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Hi all, does anyone know if Fender plans to introduce any new colors to the American Professional line around the upcoming NAMM show? I'm interested in buying an American Pro strat but am not crazy about the colors in the current line up. Thanks.
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  2. Nerd

    Nerd Strat-Talker

    Apr 7, 2014
    Reading, UK
    I have asked Fender just before Christmas and here's the reply

    Hoping for fiesta red or better - old and forgotten gunmetal blue
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  3. John C

    John C Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 17, 2012
    Kansas City
    The current color set has been in place since they came out in December 2016 - they did add candy apple red and natural (clear) over ash in 2017. I think CAR might be discontinued as Fender was trying to blow out the American Pro Jaguar in that color for about $300 off back in December.

    I suppose Fender is trying to keep any changes embargoed until the NAMM show starts in 2 weeks.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
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  4. MikeinMaryland

    MikeinMaryland Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Thanks. I’d love to see Daphne Blue but I suspect it’s a long shot
  5. midwestfisherma

    midwestfisherma Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2011
    Daphne blue would be awesome!
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  6. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Strat-O-Master

    Oct 16, 2018
    Tacoma in two weeks
    I wish they would do lake placid blue.
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  7. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Strat-O-Master

    Nov 6, 2018
    Vancouver, Canada
    Sonic Blue and I’d be all over one but I think I might be blowing this year’s guitar budget before the NAMM show.
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  8. SkylineUK

    SkylineUK Strat-Talk Member

    Sep 16, 2015
    I was dismayed a couple of years ago when the Dupont colours (good for over half a century) disappeared to be replaced by a fairly boring range. I confidently predict the return of the timeless Dupont colours after a brief rest. I don't know if they'll be back this year, but I can imagine the marketing ballyhoo when they do: "At last! The return of our heritage range of colours...etc."
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  9. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 3, 2016
    Elk Plain, Wa.

    With a dark rosewood fret board and clay dots...sweet!
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  10. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Valley o Sun
    As a lefty...I'd be thrilled if we saw anything other than White, Black or Sunburst....

    If you are reading this....very boring Mr. Fender.....
  11. The Birdman

    The Birdman Strat-Talker

    I wish they would bring back Sonic Blue, Daphne Blue, Surf Green, Seafoam Green and Lake Placid Blue, too. But I doubt we'll ever see them on the American Pros.......they are a draw to buy Custom Shop!

    Added by edit: Of course, you do see them from time to time on FSR models, like the Sonic Blue with solid rosewood neck FSR Am Pro Strat last year.
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  12. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    We'll know in a week or so...I really liked the Dakota Red from a few years ago, Sonic and Lake Placid blues as well.
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  13. Numbercruncher

    Numbercruncher Strat-Talker

    Nov 28, 2017
    Spokane, WA
    I would say there is ZERO reason to buy right now. We are only two weeks out and Ibanez has already announced their NAMM lineup so maybe Fender will follow suit with an early release. Part of me thinks boring updates like colors may get announced early so as to avoid any letdown at the show as in "is that all they for NAMM?" A major new model may be better off released at NAMM while there is attention around the world as well as competition from your competitors but Fender shot that down by bringing out the Peformer line in November. I don't know which is the best marketing ploy but figure it must relate to keeping buyers on their feet. If all guitars are only introduced on January 1 of each year then come October everyone will wait to see what is announced.

    I am interested to see if Charvel has any new colors on one of their HSS models but a transparent red Player strat anywhere in the lineup would pique my interest as well. I hate tall narrow fret wire so I would want to see that change on an American Pro but that is likely to NEVER happen either.

  14. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Crossing my fingers for plaid!
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  15. Jesse414

    Jesse414 Strat-Talker

    Jan 1, 2019
    Daphne blue and lake placid blue are 2 of the best colors on earth I think even aliens love those colors:D
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  16. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 3, 2016
    Elk Plain, Wa.

    I believe Fender is exporting all of the Daphne blue , the Lake Placid blue as well as the Dakota reds to another planet outside our galaxy.
  17. Nerd

    Nerd Strat-Talker

    Apr 7, 2014
    Reading, UK
    I really like classic American Standard colours like gunmetal mentioned earlier or torino red and Im hoping Fender will eventually come back to them in the core line. I would be all over a strat in above colours
  18. Nubs

    Nubs Strat-Talker

    Aug 29, 2015
    Houston, TX
    +1. Although we did get tidepool blue and sonic red this year on the player models. And we actually got a white MIM tele with a Pao Ferro board which fills a gap in the lefty color lineup.

    But I agree. We could really use more surf green, sonic blue, really anything else besides boring black and burst.
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  19. Bowmap

    Bowmap I Nose A Thang or Two Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2017
  20. nadzab

    nadzab So many guitars, so little time... Strat-Talk Supporter

    I'm considering picking up an Am. Pro, but I have to say I wish they came in the Player Series color choices.
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