What color is this? Also trying to determine year manufactured.

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  1. Jimbo99

    Jimbo99 Strat-Talker

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    I really like the pale yellow myself, so much that I researched it for the Telecaster I did buy. That said, some call it Aged White, others call it Buttercream. 2 ways to get there, a white that yellows or a yellow that fades. Ever see a new car that is a pastel shade ? After 10 years of sun exposure, the color for lack of a better term hazes or chalks. I have a white garage door that was semi-gloss and now it's a matte texture as the sun has done it's aging magic. As long as it doesn't rust, the white is fine with me either way. Rust shows and I have to refinish the entire garage door, because matching will be nearly impossible. I chose the color of my car to plan out for the eventual aging & damage to paint. I bought a Fiat 500 in one of Fiat's iconic colors (Verde Charo (light pastel green), the other color choice was the light blue (Bianchi/Fiat Celeste)). Under certain lighting conditions (sunrise/sunset) those colors pop and are visually stunning as a color show of their own.

    That's paint in a nutshell. There are color variations with glosses to eggshell/matte & even textures. Back to preferences.
     
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    I appreciate all of the great info/insight/history that's being shared. I wanted to add these new photos that were taken outdoors in the sun earlier today. Hopefully this will give a better feel for the true yellow of the Strat. Keep in mind, if it's late '80s... maybe '86 - '88, I must have acquired it when it was only a couple of years old. I think it's been this yellow color for me since day 1. Anyway... for what it's worth. :)
     

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  3. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member

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    Beautiful guitar @66outlaw

    Do the bridge screws screw into metal studs or directly into wood?
     
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    It's an Olympic White '84 American Standard. E"" for eighty followed by a four. That is what Olympic White looks like when it ages for 37 years and spends a lot of time out of the case. Never saw an American standard older than '85 before. NICE GUITAR!
     
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    66outlaw Strat-Talk Member

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    Looks like metal studs/sleeves.
     
  6. 66outlaw

    66outlaw Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks very much. I have been quite happy with this guitar. Feels and sounds great. Definitely a keeper.
     
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    bsman Senior Stratmaster

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    Delicious!

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  8. 66outlaw

    66outlaw Strat-Talk Member

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    LOL...
     
  9. Dik Ellis

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    I have a '74 that was Olympic White, but has yellowed. Doesn't affect the playability, so it's not a big deal for me. IMG_0183.jpg
     
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    Looks nice! And yes... I like the color of my Strat. I was just trying to learn a little more about it. Good info on this forum!
     
  11. yoreel

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    That looks like Fender colour Ivory #549, not sure where they sourced that, it could have been Dupont or any of their suppliers, it was used on the USA Bullet range & other Fenders during that era, its definitely not yellowed Olympic white in my opinion, I own a lot of Bullets in that colour & they look the same. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_2fa7.jpg

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    yoreel Strat-Talk Member

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    BTW definitely an American Standard, from the mid 80's, the neck should be dated & the pots will have dates, E4 serial ran for ages, throughout the mid to late 80's.
    Here is my 87, this one has an EE serial.

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    ^ The second E, used by Fender in the 80´s - didn´t that mean Export or...?
    My 87 also has EE 102xxx, and this was bought in UK.
     
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    Here is the slow yellowing process on Arctic white
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    2nd guitar 8 years older but kept in case.
     
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    That should be Torino Red (Fender code 558), right? I own two ´87 bodies in that colour, one March 31, one Sep 30. They´re both "Bob type" shaped with wooden bridge posts. The early one still has the pointed edge in the pool.
     
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    Hello and welcome to S-T, good of you to join.
    The others have the answers for you so I'll just say nice guitar and hope you keep on enjoying it.
     
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    Thanks very much. And, yes indeed... will keep on enjoying it!
     
  18. heltershelton

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    thats because there werent any american standards in 84.
    the guitar in the op is either an 86 or 87 and possibly an 88.
    fender used up their old serial numbers from the fullerton factory in the early years of the corona plant.
     
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    Somebody just pointed out that the decal was leftover from the very short "Japan only" period, or maybe the Dan Smith U.S. Strats with the dopey trem and jack on the pickguard. I think they're right because I just heard an incredibly interesting interview with Jack Schwarz of Fano guitars who was at Fender then, many years actually. He said the first ones were shipped in '85. So the way I see it they would have used up the old decals pretty quick. I'd have to conclude this guitar is an '85.
     
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    Thats a banana creme color... remember, there is always money in the banana stand...
     
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