What is the importance of color to you?


New Member!
Nov 29, 2020
South Africa
It's a combination of things that make a guitar appealing for me. First attraction for me is looks. If I don't like the look I will never make friends with it, no matter how it feels, plays or sounds. There are many colours/schemes I just don't like. For example, I love blues and reds but can't stand black or any bursts. Looks and personality are both important to me :)


New Member!
Feb 17, 2020
Color is definitely important to me to the point that I probably wouldn't even try a guitar that I didn't like the looks of. I don't buy many new instruments though, so the color is more up to chance than choice. When I was looking for my first strat, I knew that it absolutely had to be either blonde or natural with a maple board.

It's funny how one's tastes change over time. I used to think that black with rosewood was the ugliest combination, but now I see it as the definition of utilitarian cool.

Paint type also matters a whole lot! I don't think I'd every buy a 2 tone burst in poly, but a closet clean nitro...


Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 20, 2018
Murfreesboro, TN
My initial thought was that I don't care about color, except that I don't want too many of the same color. I already have a black one and an Oly white and a Surf green--I don't need another guitar in any of those colors. In fact I have passed up a few pretty good deals because "I already have one."

Then I looked around my collection and realized the overwhelming majority have a transparent finish. I like to be able to see woodgrain. Natural, trans red, red burst, yellow burst, tobacco burst. Some are 3tsb, some are 2tsb. Turns out "wood" is my favorite finish. I guess that's important after all.

Dain Bramage

Jan 12, 2012
Thinking about it, the color it is may be an easy deterrent but a tertiary attraction. Simply put, fugly puts me off. That said, I've owned a hot pink Strat, but just could not look directly at the rays of a teal paisley that made my eyes seem to vomit.


Feb 25, 2021
Central Denmark
I used to be "any colour as long as it's black" but I'm past it now.
A lot of the standard Fender colours are really not my cup of tea though - and as I tend to buy cheaper guitars and hot rod them - and not being a believer that wood makes the slightest difference to the amplified sound of a solid body guitar - I'd always buy a guitar in a colour I can live with.
That said... I did buy a Sea Foam green Fender Japan Jag with matching headstock last week. Really wanted candy apple red though but this was half the price.
Going custom body for a Marauder build though and that WILL be CAR.

Bob the builder

Dr. Stratster
May 2, 2016
Cranston, Rhode Island
Colour doesnt matter, as long as its black

Seriously, I got a Squier Strat painted black, just because.

And more recently, I bougth a MIM Player Strat, because it was the only Fender model that cames in black nowadays, and at a reasonable price. I love the Player Strat actually.

But, I also like sunburst Strats.

I bought a sb tele
I made that black too


Platinum Supporting Member
Oct 27, 2011
I wouldn't get a guitar I thought was ugly even if it was a good player, but there aren't many colors that would disqualify a guitar altogether. If anything, I'm probably more likely to buy a guitar if it comes in an interesting and unusual color.


Strat-Talk Member
Apr 12, 2019
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.
I agree, rat hot rods and relic guitars don't peel my banana. Survivor guitar isa different story.


Apr 8, 2020
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!!!!!!
A strat that plays great, sounds great, and is not to heavy could have no paint for all I care


Aug 10, 2020
With so many guitars being bought on line the color is so much more important than it used to be. It wasn't that long ago when it was standard practice to go into a shop and play several of the same guitar. Of course you'd start with your favorite finish, but back then a person would often go in after a Sunburst Strat and walk out with Olympic White or another color that was in some way a clearly better guitar. It happened all the time.


Senior Stratmaster
May 1, 2014
Looks are number one.
If it doesnt look great to my eyes it stays in its case...
If it stays in its case its usually forgotten...out of sight out of mind...
If its forgotten its like i never had it in the first place....

Basically its like a woman...she can learn to behave inside your 50 shades of grey dungeon but she cant learn to be pretty if she isnt already......


New Member!
Feb 3, 2019
Never cared about color with one exception - naturally aged Shoreline Gold. (My first and forever guitar). I've got an ugly Army Green guitar that gets played to death too. There's also something to be said for Butterscotch Blonde but color is not going to get me to not play a guitar.