How much does color factor in?

Demon Dave

Strat-Talker
Sep 2, 2012
408
Rome
Beautiful, I need the Stratocaster on the left for further inspection. I’ll have it back to you in a couple days.
unfortunately I’ve sold the 2005 american standard in Chrome Blue! To buy my 2019 LP Classic, but is still with me the 2001 MIA Aquamarine metallic, with a Di Marzio Paf Pro in the bridge, that you can split with a Push/push pot. But you don’t need a closer inspection for that. What I can say is that play really good :cool:
 
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nomadh

Strat-Talker
Mar 25, 2010
275
San Diego CA
Is there one guitarist out there who doesn't care what color his or her Strat is? That would be hard to believe for me.
Maybe in a way. 30 years ago I ran into a used maple neck strat. The neck had been stripped of that thick sticky poly I really hated at the time. I loved the look of a maple neck strat but hated the smaller frets and poly. So here's this butt ugly plain white strat with an ugly stripped neck and jumbo fret refret. I LOOOOOVED the feel. At the time I was in a longtime fight with a low fret Gibson flying V that was just unplayable for what I wanted to do. I played that strat and I was like a new man. I wasn't even thinking about a new guitar but I threw down the $200 and was out the door. I was in the car before I realized I had never even plugged it in. I didn't care I was keeping it and fix whatever it needed electrically. It never did have a prob and sounded great but as much as I hated white I didn't care because at the time it was the only guitar I ever played that felt the way it did. I bugged me for 25 years until I finally replaced the body with an mjt lightly aged ash natural body.
 

davidd47

Strat-Talker
Sep 11, 2012
141
non ya
At one time it seemed like there was only natural, sunburst, black, white, mahogany or heritage cherry. I have steered away from solid colors since I prefer an ultra thin nitro finish but can appreciate the look. Then in 2005 I got on a Heritage Cherry kick for awhile, the 59 Strat, 68 Tele and 60 Jazzmaster all got the heritage treatment to match the 67 335. I also need wood grain that has something interesting going on. Nothing is off limits and the less mainstream or conventional the more I like it. Probably the result of working in the furniture refin biz years ago. If it ends up in the shop who knows what will come out of it. Does color matter? Not really when you can't leave well enough alone.
 

Skagittarius

Strat-Talk Member
Nov 14, 2019
11
Snohomish, WA
Like cars, I've been drawn to the new, dark body colors with strats. I recall that when the pewter strats came out in '88 I had to have one and I immediately loved the antique olive. Just looking at them, for some reason they always inspired me to pick them up. Not sure why but its definitely a thing. Probably because they were different and not flashy; perhaps a reflection of my playing.
 

martin1964

Strat-Talker
Apr 9, 2014
167
Victoria, Australia
Just paid AUD$200 more for an MIJ Hybrid I Strat, than what Hybrid II would have cost, purely because II's don't come in Surf Green.

I'd sell vital organs for an MIA Daphne Blue Strat.
I want to buy an Aged White Hybrid II Stratocaster but that colour isn't coming to Australia according to all the dealers I have contacted so will have to buy it from Japan. I would not be surprised if Surf Green comes up too but again will be another Japan only colour.
 

Slacker G

Senior Stratmaster
May 16, 2021
1,316
Iowa
I have read on Strat-Talk, from those in the know, that all finger board wood sounds the same and all body wood sounds the same. So what makes one Strat sound diffident than the another? IT'S THE COLOR OF THE PAINT STUPIDS. Color matters..... Well that and pickup springs...
 
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tygr1

Strat-Talker
May 4, 2016
449
Texas
I just bought an American Standard in a certain color that I was specifically seeking. So, yeah...sometimes.
 

Slacker G

Senior Stratmaster
May 16, 2021
1,316
Iowa
If a musician plays a song on an unfinished guitar can you hear it? Of course not. Unfinished guitars do not make sounds.
 

BeerGolfGuitars

Strat-Talk Member
May 19, 2020
12
Baltimore
Color is a significant for me, but not as important as sound and feel. That said, I did lose a little money selling my burst Player Strat to grab one of the CME Player special runs in Sherwood Green. I had a Race Green Affinity Strat that my youngest son liked to fool around with, but I stupidly sold it. So when I had to opportunity to grab another green Strat, had to do it.
 


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