Beauty of the Burst

Jimbo99

Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
2,306
Palm Coast, FL
The burst finish that I've never seen for a guitar, happens quite often in nature, especially here in FL. I'll call it a post Stormy Sunset Burst. Describing it, would be a storm cloud grey (instead of the traditional black, any black is really from the lowest of the horizon of treelines & ground level blackout) that blends into a darker violet with an intense reddish flame orange fade and eventually into the yellow. That would be complex, more of a 4-5 tone burst rather than traditional 2 or 3 tone burst. I can look at that sunset for as long as it takes for the sun to disappear. The cooler months of Fall to Spring seem to be when I notice it most, probably because of DST to Standard time change.
 

76standard

Strat-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
142
Keizer Oregon
I avoided sunburst for the longest time because they were the most common. But I've come around and think the black pickguard/knobs/covers treatment makes the burst stand out.
MIJ tele & Warmoth strat.

Interested in seeing variations in bursts. I use to have a MIJ 57 reissue strat that was the 2 color burst with tinted maple neck and still kicking myself for selling it.

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‘54 vintage reissue with a 1992 serial number. Call me old school but, I just love a classic burst.
 

3bolt79

Dr. Stratster
Oct 16, 2018
14,368
Oregon
What a great bunch of bursts on this thread! I never used to like them up until recently and it’s like someone flipped a switch! I found this Reverend last week and is the last humbucker faded burst that I think they made a few years ago as it’s not been in their website selection for awhile. It’s like someone found it hiding somewhere in the back of the store or something but I grabbed it fast as I could not find another anywhere!

Pulled the trigger and this literally came last of the FedEx delivery hours yesterday! I haven’t had time to take pics yet but here’s a few from the store! It sounds so freakin good :) Very happy!
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That is really cool. I might check around for one of those.
 

Jimbo99

Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
2,306
Palm Coast, FL
Well, mine came in today, but the box was abused at the bottom of the guitar. So I opened it, hoping for the best. The burst wasn't perfect, it had some flaws in it and I would've lived with that for flaw(s). Still played incredible after a quick ballpark set up and then I boxed it back up & taped it as sealed. RMA process initiated & on standby for my next instructions. Wouldn't you know it, they are out of replacement guitars, but the next lot of inventory arrives Oct 16 in 3 days.

So what makes it RMA-able ? It had 4 body wounds from China to FL. 1st one (or 1st two) was on the top and at the tip of the Tele's horn as a small figure 8 shaped ding that broke the polyurethane and went clean to the wood. Wood didn't look damaged, but probably had to have been since there was no black paint there.

2nd spot, the strap button at the bottom. The screw was loose for the strap button and the polyurethane had been dinged & chipped away, Had that broken white plastic appearance, but I assume some of the threading inside the screw hole had some damage as why it was loose.

3rd & 4th spots were about 1/2 way between the strap button & output jack. One was a tiny and almost unnoticeable, that looked like someone tried to fill a flaw in the polyurethane there. The other was on the top edge of the guitar and like the one on the horn, the polyurethane was broken and cracked, also was missing black paint there and this particular one had a dent in the wood as well.

Oh well, back it goes to the source. Just am a little curious as to what happened for an impact that would accordion the bottom of the box like that and damage the guitar. The only packing inside the box is a padded gig bag that is probably more than enough for most bumps & mishaps. That had to have dropped from a taller height & onto a concrete surface to have damaged those areas like they are ? They even put the Caution label on the box with the co-worker/associate lift for a 12ish lb box. I think this one may have fallen from an inventory storage rack ? Something caught the edge of the box and tore it up pretty good because the corners are stapled with those copper cardboard staples. One end was ripped cleanly apart & then there's the cardboard side that is ripped as well.

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ThebiggestJerk

Senior Stratmaster
Aug 26, 2018
1,804
Home
I avoided sunburst for the longest time because they were the most common. But I've come around and think the black pickguard/knobs/covers treatment makes the burst stand out.
MIJ tele & Warmoth strat.

Interested in seeing variations in bursts. I use to have a MIJ 57 reissue strat that was the 2 color burst with tinted maple neck and still kicking myself for selling it.

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I just got this Jazz bass a few days ago. F6C6F5D6-DF74-4CE9-8C42-3CCEBB7F6395.jpeg
 

3bolt79

Dr. Stratster
Oct 16, 2018
14,368
Oregon
Well, mine came in today, but the box was abused at the bottom of the guitar. So I opened it, hoping for the best. The burst wasn't perfect, it had some flaws in it and I would've lived with that for flaw(s). Still played incredible after a quick ballpark set up and then I boxed it back up & taped it as sealed. RMA process initiated & on standby for my next instructions. Wouldn't you know it, they are out of replacement guitars, but the next lot of inventory arrives Oct 16 in 3 days.

So what makes it RMA-able ? It had 4 body wounds from China to FL. 1st one (or 1st two) was on the top and at the tip of the Tele's horn as a small figure 8 shaped ding that broke the polyurethane and went clean to the wood. Wood didn't look damaged, but probably had to have been since there was no black paint there.

2nd spot, the strap button at the bottom. The screw was loose for the strap button and the polyurethane had been dinged & chipped away, Had that broken white plastic appearance, but I assume some of the threading inside the screw hole had some damage as why it was loose.

3rd & 4th spots were about 1/2 way between the strap button & output jack. One was a tiny and almost unnoticeable, that looked like someone tried to fill a flaw in the polyurethane there. The other was on the top edge of the guitar and like the one on the horn, the polyurethane was broken and cracked, also was missing black paint there and this particular one had a dent in the wood as well.

Oh well, back it goes to the source. Just am a little curious as to what happened for an impact that would accordion the bottom of the box like that and damage the guitar. The only packing inside the box is a padded gig bag that is probably more than enough for most bumps & mishaps. That had to have dropped from a taller height & onto a concrete surface to have damaged those areas like they are ? They even put the Caution label on the box with the co-worker/associate lift for a 12ish lb box. I think this one may have fallen from an inventory storage rack ? Something caught the edge of the box and tore it up pretty good because the corners are stapled with those copper cardboard staples. One end was ripped cleanly apart & then there's the cardboard side that is ripped as well.

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Wow, those chips in the black edge would be totally fixable. I would have asked for a scratch n dent discount.
 


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