Lack of color and fretboard choices with new models?

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  1. sgarnett

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    Well ... first they’d have to start making them again.
     
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    sgarnett Senior Stratmaster

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    Really??? Shell pink is fine, but it ain’t no CAR!

    I’ve thought about selling my CAR AO60s to pay off some wedding bills. I guess I need to think about whether to hold onto it or raise the price! :D
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Color choices are always limited... always have been. Color options rotate every year.
    FSR provide other options... Guitar Center, Sweetwater, and Chicago Music Exchange generally offer FSR series. I don't know that I've ever seen one at Sam Ash, but it wouldn't surprise me, they have the purchasing/sales ability to do it.

    An FSR is a special run that Fender does for a specific customer. A minimum order commitment is required, so unless you're willing to pony up for 50 or 100 guitars, keep the best, and dump the rest on Reverb....
     
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  4. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There is a solution to this problem:

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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Gibson does the same.
    The 2019 Original Series Les Paul:
    '60s is available in Iced Tea, Bourbon, or "Unburst" (not exactly a Lemonburst)
    '50s is available in Cherry, Tobacco, Gold Top humbucker or Gold Top P90
     
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    How is it different now than in the pre-CBS era or CBS, just curious?
     
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    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    All I know is that Sweetwater still sells both the 50s and 60s Road Worn.


     
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    like I said, to each their own. When I saw one at the store PINK was !my first thought. Looks good in the pic, and no offense intended.
     
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    A lot of very popular colors, which were the standard colors back in the day, have moved up the ladder of expensive models. There isn’t a player series in sonic blue with a rosewood neck like John Lennon’s.
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    how is that a solution?
     
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    Sweetwater has two white 60’s, two black 50’s and one sunburst 50’s left over from before Fender stopped making them. Sam Ash has a few too but they are not making them anymore so once they’re gone that’s it.
     
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    If it is a 50's then it makes sense that it would come with maple considering that that was the only way they were made until late 1959, when the new 1960 models came out. Even then that may have required for a special order for a Tele with rosewood. Want rosewood on a Tele, then you want a CV 60's Tele.
     
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    Buy the parts you want and build it yourself!

    EDIT: Also, it's the very reason I prefer buying used instead of new -- I like putting Strats together to suit my tastes! If/when the day ever comes I can order from the Custom Shop, I will do so... until then, I run my own chop shop! ;)
     
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    You can still get any color you want through the Mod Shop.
    CBS era was listed in the catalogs as "Sunburst" and "Custom Color"
    The "Custom Colors" were fewer and fewer as the years went on. I think there were only 5 or 6 (plus Antigua) by '77.

    Pre-CBS, everything was available, but at that time it was more comparable to a high-production custom shop... much of the production was to-order.
     
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    They are rare.

    Canary Diamond is a great colour, it would be interesting to see how many were made.

    I have the Cerulean Blue version of that FSR run.


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    A Classic Vibe with a rosewood fretboard would be a Classic Vibe 60s. The 50s comes in the two most classic finishes of the fifties. It could be why they're called Classic Vibe. :rolleyes:
     
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    I kind of get the limited colour, we’d all moan if prices were hiked 10% or whatever to accommodate someone who wanted a colour we hated, but I don’t see it as reasonable to not have a choice of both boards on every colour. Board choice is made in consideration of more than just aesthetics.
     
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    Not a good marketing option. Classic. Vibes are considered to be nearly as good as vintera and player on terms of sound. Build quality is lower and it has cheaper partia. Maybe it would be okay if we had a white blonde cv 50 tele with i dian laurer and white pickguard. You known that Zeppelin looks. How ever more colour and fretboard option could have been a threat to Fender market
     
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    I don't often see any FSR's locally here in Australia and a lot of what is listed not the Fender site is also not stocked so if there's a particular colour you want it would have to be ordered in and then you wouldn't have the opportunity to play the thing before purchase.

    I've been looking at buying a Jazzmaster but none of the colour combinations currently available interest me so I either build a parts caster or buy something custom or non fender. Anyone in Melbourne Played one of these? https://shubguitars.com.au/instruments
     
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    John shub is a good chap, he’s just about to do a fret job on my new neck for my new build. He did some work for me before, and whilst I’ve not played his guitars, I have no doubt they will be top quality. Conveniently, he’s about 10 mins from me.


    I agree, there is no chance of FSR here. Hence me buying top end parts and building my ideal guitar.
     
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