Strat yellowing?

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  1. angbong

    angbong New Member!

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    Hi I have a question about yellowing issue in Olympic white color guitar.
    My guitar is Fender American Vintage Reissue 1962 Olympic white.
    And it was made in 2011.
    Color of my guitar is not white anymore. it's very yellowish.
    I heard many people said Olympic white color changes to yellow quickly.
    But when I saw other guitar(Fender Custom Shop 1960 Olympic white) I think it does not change as time goes.
    I'm attaching 2 pics. One is my guitar that changed to yellow and the other is Fender Custom Shop made in 2008.
    Mine is very yellowish even though it was made lately compared to Fender Custom Shop one.
    Is there any reason Fender Custom Shop does not change its own color?
     

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  2. gibsonsmu

    gibsonsmu Senior Stratmaster

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    The white doesn't change it's the clear coat which is lacquer that turns yellow. The vintage ones had this - it was "fixed" by using an additive that stopped the yellowing. Before that fender tried just not clearcoating them which stopped the yellowing as well but did not provide for as deep a finish. Your guitar as a reissue appears to have the old lacquer for "authenticity". I think it's cool and looks awesome. The 1960 probably does not have the clear coat which would be authentic for that era as well. I built one and left it in a window for six months to get the look. It's classic
     
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  3. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

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    Lacquer clear coat always yellows with age, the CS might not have as many clear coat as the avri cause it's a relic version with really thin finish.
     
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  4. angbong

    angbong New Member!

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    Thank you for your kind reply.
    Can I understand that Custom shop ones does not change its own color as time goes by unlike American Vintage Reissue ones?
     
  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    They all change colour over the years.
     
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  6. gibsonsmu

    gibsonsmu Senior Stratmaster

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    Probably
    Probably no clear coat. Read this article it explains it all very well

    http://www.guitarhq.com/fenderc.html
     
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    < Check out the color on my avatar ... its a 2015 American Standard .
     
  8. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    As previously mentioned the Lacquer clear finish is what turns yellow, which is why on the older maple necks they look more yellow carrot colored. The Cs may not even have a Clear coat or one so thin that it really would make little difference. One way to see would be to remove the pickguard and see what color it is underneath. http://www.guitarhq.com/fenderc.html
    This is an entire article about the custom color process at fender and why some may yellow and some may not.
    Ruf
     
  9. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Gibsonsmu beat me to it.
     
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  10. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster

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    It's beautiful.
    Beauty being in the eye of the beerholder & all that, I'll give her a good home if you just can't stand looking at her anymore.
     
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  11. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Oh and by the way yours should exhibit the milkiness that I asked about on a similar guitar. As the clear becomes more yellow it also becomes more translucent causing a softening of the appearance of the edges. I have had several older AVRI 62s that look like they were dipped in a pearl like top coat from the changes in the nitro clear.
    R
     
  12. radd

    radd Strat-O-Master

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    Mine is urethane Olympic white and is very yellow
     
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    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

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    I attached this picture of my vintage white tex-mex. Fender thinks vintage white, which is yelowed, is desired by their customers. I think the picture, which I just took on my phone, looks cool. No other point...:D...just a Yellowed Strat. Enjoy.

    20170805_142045.jpg
     
  14. Hairy Bear

    Hairy Bear Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    It's not just Olympic white or it's clear coat that yellows, my Arctic White 95 MIM Strat has mellowed to a pleasant yellowish cream.
     
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    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris Silver Member

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    My 07 mim has yellowed more than my 93 mia as well.
     
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    I think aged Oly. White that has yellowed looks very cool.
     
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    I have an '85 American Standard, Olympic White, no lacquer. That thing is yellow like my dog peed on it.

    Smells OK, though.
     
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    Love the mature color. Changed the knobs and pup covers to match my 2011 IMG_1413.JPG IMG_1414.JPG
     
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    If you like white, get a Japanese Jackson. I had a 1990 Fusion, and even the whitest white at the car touchup counter was still grayish compared to how white the thing was. Here's an Adrian Smith signature Japan:


    ... also a lake placid blue strat from 1991 that was closer to green from the yellowing
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. altar

    altar Former Member

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    haha I have a 92 standard that is the same way, it's extremely yellowed and it's poly