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Repainted my Strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by gadzooka, May 14, 2018.

  1. gadzooka

    gadzooka Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    I've never been much of a guitar customizer (I still don't claim to be), but I finally stopped merely wishing for a certain color, and got off my duff and painted my Strat myself. Stratocasters, unlike the Gibson ES-345 I own, seem to beg for you to modify them. The guitar in question is your typical Made-in-Mexico Strat from 1996, which I bought used about 8-9 years ago for $200. It was sunburst, which looks pretty, traditional, and classic, but I wanted a bright color. The 1980s Pat Benatar video "You Better Run" has the lead guitarist using a light purple Strat - and that was my target color. A trip to Home Depot yielded only one kind of purple spray paint - Rustoleum Grape in gloss finish. I used that and then applied some no-name clear coat that my mother-in-law (yeah, we live with her, but it's good...haha) had recently bought. The clear coat came out in a very matte finish. I only applied three coats, and I'm not sure if I needed to apply more and then try to finely sand it to get a glossy mirror finish, but I liked the result and just stopped there. The finish isn't perfectly even as you'd expect from a pro, but again, it's pretty darn decent.

    The shade definitely varies depending on the ambient light. IN these photos, it looks more lavender. It gets more bluish in cooler light, of course.

    So, all who hate what I did can look away, but I'm digging it. Not sure if I want to change any hardware or not. strat_tele_345.JPG strat_345.jpg strat_purple.jpg
  2. ChatNoir

    ChatNoir Strat-O-Master

    Dec 11, 2010
    Peabody, MA
    Absolutely love purple....great job!!
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  3. gadzooka

    gadzooka Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    Glad you like it, thanks. I actually don't care much for these photos; I like it much more in front of my eyes.
  4. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Looks good, very early 80’s.
  5. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 9, 2014
    Dumpster diving
    Welcome to the purple strat club
  6. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    I splendishiously approve.. :D
  7. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Admin Post
    Sunburst Strats are everywhere. Well done.
  8. pagey1512

    pagey1512 Strat-Talker

    Dec 22, 2010
    Looks much more interesting!
  9. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
    Nice job gadzooka, thanks for sharing.
  10. ChukkerNation

    ChukkerNation Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 9, 2015
    I like it but now you need to switch the pg. It’s too white.
  11. Nick Evans

    Nick Evans Senior Stratmaster

    May 8, 2016
    South Wales UK
    Put a black guard and knobs on it, it will be a rocker!
  12. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    That's a cool color - nice job!
  13. TomH8

    TomH8 Strat-O-Master

    May 1, 2014
    Nice. I’m really digging that 345 too
  14. gadzooka

    gadzooka Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    Thanks, folks... I like the white plastic, but I might change it up sometime.

    I reeeally like the ES-345. I once had a 1971 ES-355, and it sounded fairly pallid, but this guitar is more like it. It's from 2011, I think just before they started tagging them as specific reissue years (1964, 1959, 1960). It has two output jacks on the rim, instead of the traditional single jack on top. For mono output, use the jack toward the strap button, for stereo, use both jacks. Not that I need stereo...I just tested it once...would be cool with two good amps. I dig the Varitone a lot - something many Gibson owners dismiss or hate.
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  15. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
    Looks good, go ahead and purple the 345 while you're at it.

    Needs to be more matchy-matchy.
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  16. TomH8

    TomH8 Strat-O-Master

    May 1, 2014
    Couldn’t agree more
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  17. Very nice. But..... WHY ISN'T IT PURPLE SPARKLE??????!!!!!!! :mad::D
  18. 808K

    808K Strat-Talker

    Apr 24, 2018
    Philly, USA
    Nice work, nice color! You motivated me to do a paint job...but I’m gonna buy a cheapie to practice on lol.
  19. R00STER

    R00STER Strat-Talker

    Nov 21, 2016
    I disagree, I think it's not white enough. Need an even whiter pickguard!
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  20. gadzooka

    gadzooka Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    Purpl-izing the 345 would be cool. I'd want it to be darker, though. That said, I'm not about to try it on that guitar! Maybe just the case. :)