What is the importance of color to you?

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  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Strat-Talker

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    Hi guys!


    As it's hard enough to find a Strat that plays and feels exactly just right to each of us, how important is the color to you?


    More specifically, and as an example, say you loved Lake Placid Blue, but you found a 2 Tone Sunburst Strat that is not your # one choice as far as color, but it plays and feels better than any Lake Placid Blue Strat you had tried out, would you buy the 2 Tone Sunburst one even though you preferred Lake Placid Blue.


    FWIW, feel free to reverse that color preference :)


    I know, you SURE ask some crazy questions Jerry!!!!!!
     
  2. cranky

    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Color is somewhere between neck/fretboard and pickups/tone. Mainly because color is much harder to change than pickups. But there's a threshold. Some colors I wouldn't tolerate. Others I'm neutral. And others I go out of my way for.
     
  3. Eric_G

    Eric_G Strat-O-Master

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    Well the problem with question is .... Most of us would buy both !!! :D:eek:
     
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    Colnago1 Senior Stratmaster

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    Pretty much all of Fender’s colours are pretty rad in my books.
    I would always buy the best playing one, even if it ended up being Antigua.
     
  5. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    4th on my list.

    1. Does it feel good in my hands.

    2. Does it play good unplugged.

    3. Does it sound good through an amp.

    4. Color.

    All 4 MUST be a go or no purchase.
     
  6. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Color is important, but not the highest thing on my list. Given two guitars that are otherwise equal, I will obviously choose the one that looks best to me.

    I will however take the one I that is not as good looking if it plays/sounds substantially better.
     
  7. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I hate pink. Other than that, I'm not all that choosy about the color.
     
  8. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Not very important to me. I like or can learn to like most colors and color schemes, but if were something like OD and purple striped I'd probably stay away. I don't think I'd ever buy an intentionally "reliced" guitar.
     
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    jwag Strat-O-Master

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    If I’m looking to purchase a new guitar and I play one that I can’t put down, color means absolutely nothing!
     
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    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster

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    ^^This^^ I usually aim for a color I do not already have, as long as it pleases me.
     
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    Color is the the only determining factor, nothing else matters :D
     
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    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    It is on the list. Right above whether the serial number is odd or even.
    Ok, not big on green. Anything else I'm probably fine with. Sunburst is my fav.
     
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  13. thomquietwolf

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    I have a green strat(green is bs to racers)
    And
    A blue Ibanez AS93(trying to love it)

    Every now N then someone posts a natural wood strat...
    Love it
    But too lazy to to do Nuffin about it....
    So..
     
  14. Ebidis

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    That's higher than color for me. The serial number is VERY important. Odd ones give the guitar odd-order harmonics, while even serial numbers endow the instrument with much sweeter even-order harmonics.

    This greatly affects tone. Even more than the strap buttons.
     
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    Zero.
    Playability and craftsmanship. Of equal importance. Everything else is ... meh.

    Unless, I should add, it makes my butt look big. Then, absolutely not.
     
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    Color means a lot since all the tone is in the color. Everybody knows that.
     
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  17. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Which color sounds best for glassy cleans? :D
     
  18. Gonflyn

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    Pretty important, the more vibrant or striking the color the better.
    While I wouldn't buy something that doesn't feel/play right just because it looked awesome, I also would never end up with something in a deal-breaker-for-me color, anything brown or tobacco burst for instance, even if it was the best playing guitar I had ever heard.
     
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  19. SalvorHardin

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    Since '13, none at all.
     
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  20. Stratafied

    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    I’m shallow, if I don’t like the color. I’ll never bond with it.