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Help me choose a finish for a no-pickguard custom body

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by diogoguitar, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm most likely going to order a custom built strat and need some help figuring out the color combination (body, electronics and hardware). The idea is to play 80's hair metal and the general look of the guitar will be like this:
    • HH pickup layout, directly mounted to the body (that is, no pickguard),
    • ebony fretboard, roasted maple headstock
    • hardtail bridge
    • Alder body (no flame maple to keep the costs down)
    I tried to do a google search for guitars like this, but 90% of the results include maple fretboard, so it's hard for me to visualize how the color combination would look like if I were to choose a darker fretboard.

    What would you choose if you were me?
    Just to put out there, I'm thinking about a few options already (below), but I'm totally open for more options:
    • Satin purple with black hardware and pickups
    • Satin sherwood green with silver hardware and white pickups (oh I miss my CS)
    • Satin shell pink with silver hardware and white pickups
    • Satin alpine white with black hardware and black pickups
     
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  2. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    I've just put together a Strat in gloss Purple Metallic (I should do an NGD thread...) and it looked kickin' without a PG. Go purple. I like Metallic, but if you don't, satin's fine too ;)
     
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  3. jaybones

    jaybones Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Another vote for purple.
     
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  4. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    thanks guys. I might go w/ purple then. I was thinking white w/ gold hardware as an option , but maybe w/ the dark fretboard it wouldn't be a good match. Yeah maybe not
     
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