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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Lonn, Dec 7, 2017.

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  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I love everything about my new Roadhouse Strat except......sometimes I look at it and think Squier. Its the color combo. Squier put out an SE model in basically the same color scheme and I can't get it out of my head. I like Squiers mind you, I've owned hundreds and will own more, but I don't want to think Squier when I'm looking at my Fender. How very shallow of me. I think I'll go with mint green. I wonder if going with black plastics would do it for me?

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  2. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Mint will look very nice on that. I'd go with parchment or white plastic though. I think black would be sorta ... meh!
     

  3. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Aug 7, 2009
    austin texas
    A brownshell pickguard over sunburst has nothing to do with Squier or cheap in my mind...some early 1960s Strats had them.But I do love mint green and think it would look great on your guitar.
     
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  4. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talker

    Age:
    38
    165
    Jul 19, 2017
    Manchester
    I have a sunburst strat with maple neck, recently installed a mint pickguard with aged white knobs. The be honest, it Looked like crap. Mint pickguards just look bad with maple necks IMHO. I ended up going with a parchment PG and knobs... now it looks amazing
     
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  5. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I'd also go with parchment, matching the covers, knobs and switch tip also.

    To me, mint on that burst would make it look even more like a low end Squier. I know they were copying the look of early Stratocasters, but there are so much many more Squiers that people own. I don't know anyone who would be on this board playing out with a genuine L series in a corner bar.
     

  6. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Found an Am Del in my color with a mint guard. I like it.

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  7. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    916
    Sep 24, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    It's all in yo mind ...lol


    But I like the mint on there myself . This one looks good to me.

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  8. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    And an Am Elite. I'll give it time to grow on me.

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  9. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-O-Master

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    Jul 30, 2014
    NE in the 4 corners
    I vote for black pickguard with black pickup covers. Kinda like this even though the burst is different.
     

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  10. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talker

    Age:
    38
    165
    Jul 19, 2017
    Manchester
    That one does not look Mint at all. I really like it too. It looks more like parchment in the image. Mint PGs look drastically different depending on the ambient light. That is why I made the mistake of buying one :rolleyes: check my strat DF8D64AC-68DF-457C-BE0D-F2D9ECFC7DF2.jpeg 6E305A7D-7DCA-4BF8-A34D-AF9FC8ED9073.jpeg
     
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  11. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    44
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    I was going to say that I have a pearl white PG from another SE that would look good on it but decided not to. (OH wait...LOL) I have been digging on aged white PGs with cream covers and knobs lately.
     

  12. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Cream pearl guards are also my favorite.
     

  13. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    This is cream I believe. Looks perfect!
     

  14. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Boston
    Go with a black PG...
     

  15. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Believer7713 has graciously offered me this one so we'll see how it looks.

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  16. LarryBirdsFace

    LarryBirdsFace Strat-Talker

    Age:
    35
    133
    Jan 17, 2017
    Maine
    I would go with either aged white, or cream knobs and pickup covers. To me stark white plastics are what me think of a guitar as "cheap"
    I actually like the color/pickguard combo, but in comparison to their dark tones, the bleached white plastics just jump out like a sore thumb, cream or aged white would actually come closer to matching the neck, giving the guitar a more tied together, cohesive look, in my opinion.
     
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  17. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Boston
    I do like the pearloid look...
     

  18. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    As do I. If these are bright white I'll do the coffee stain mod on them to darken them up a bit.
     

  19. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks again to Believer7713! I'll save that nice tort guard for my next black Strat where it belongs.

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