How to get an olympic white strat to look like this

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  1. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

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    Another vote for the Fender mint p'guard - it gets the correct sort of bluish/khaki color, vs most aftermarket that are, in fact, green.

    One interesting thing I noticed was that the Fender '62 reissue pickguard is even slightly more to the khaki side than the standard Fender mint - I have both, and although slight, there is a difference, and some of the images I've seen online back it up - hard to know on the current stock though:

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    It's tough comparing different photos of OlyWhite because the lighting of the shot has as much to do with the shade of the "white' and the "green" guard as the actual color does. Take that guitar outside into sunlight and it looks off-white with light green, bring it inside to a room with incandescent lights and it's butter-yellow with a yellow/green guard.

    That one shot earlier with the three across is the only true way to compare colors as they are all shot under the same conditions.

    As for aging your color, leave it in front of a window that gets sunlight all day and that should have an effect. It should at least on nitro, not sure how poly reacts to that.
     
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    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    The problem with 'Which modern reproduction is most like the originals in colour?' as a question is that the originals now all can vary so much in colour from brownish khaki greens to greyish blues.... sometimes both on the same guard.

    Also they all look different anyway under different lighting conditions.

    The only decision as ever is what most appeals to the viewers own gaze on their own guitar. Those garish aftermarket greens by the way can be dialled down and the khaki produced with the application of Kiwi shoe polish... as on satin neck finishes.
     
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    I don't think you can permanently darken that pao ferro fretboard to look like that, which is a good portion of the look you want. Also what you said about the pick guard. You might be able to stain, using tea, coffee, or some other medium, a pickguard to somewhere near that color. The pickup covers and other plastic parts look to be vintage white which are readily available.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    You mean snot colored, like this?

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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    The light and/or white balance are very different between the first and third photos. The first is more yellow which also affects the pickguard, compare the finishes on the guitars and you'll see the difference.
     
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    Kyri Senior Stratmaster

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    I can't believe how many of these there are, here is mine to add to the party, not the best of pictures I will try to get another when I get a chance:

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    You just need to find the right ambient lighting when you take a pic. You can make a white Strat look pretty-much however you want but only on your monitor. What it looks like on anybody else’s is another matter!
     
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    They aren't mine, but I was searching Sonic Blue Strats and that photo came up.. far left is faded sonic blue..
     
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    FullRedder234 New Member!

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    Yep, I'd love something like this but on an olympic white body with a rosewood fretboard!
     
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    FullRedder234 New Member!

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    This is the exact look I want! Was it like this from the beginning or did you change the pickguard, do some coffee/tea thing like the others are saying? xD

    Beautiful
     
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    Nicotine will do it. Or just buy a mint guard and put it on your roof for a year facing south. All clear plastic turns yellow. All white does the same. So just wait it out.
     
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    Sorry, posted before I had added text....
    One of the oher posts was correct - if it isn't nitro then it won't age.
    The pic I added is a stagg body stripped and then re-sprayed with nitro (olympic white) and then over sprayed with a yellow to add the ageing.
    Then beat up a bit.....
    Pick guard from Ebay...
    Hope that helps...
     
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    Mine may be headed in that direction. I fid a re-rench nitro finish witn a Fender guard. 1ABF12D1-800D-42FD-8AA9-32052A1EF79C.jpeg
     
  18. Stratacaster

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    Try https://www.pickguardplanet.com/colors/

    They have the color your looking for. I believe it’s color 43 you need.
     
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    I always thought it was strange that Fender would have "aged" parts on the stock American Standards from 2012-2018, but then leave the pickguard stark white. They also gave you a yellowish tremolo bar handle, but its impossible to take the original white one off. They also left the pickup switcher white. The white pickguard will yellow pretty quickly if left in really high sunlight, but I would just buy one that you like and slap it on there.
     
  20. Scott Baxendale

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    The look you like is mostly a result of the clear coat over the white being tinted with an amber tint. Clear nitro cellulose lacquer yellows as it ages. So if you clear coat over the Olympic white color and tint the clear with Amber it will give the look you want provided it is the right tint and not overdone.