What makes a good Sunburst?

libertarian

Strat-O-Master
Dec 26, 2013
904
Boston, MA
I've always thought of bursts as old-man guitars, but hey- I'm not as young anymore and and have slowly come around to the notion. So, what makes for a good sunburst? Wide, red, deep yellow, grain; the variations seem endless.

To me it’s the soft tones of an early 58 strat with some faded red - not like the “clown bursts” of later years.

But what I find more infesting even how strats became “old-man” guitars when I see stages and studios filled with them and people from all age brackets still playing them.
 

Redduke

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Jul 4, 2020
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France
Personally I could never find a 3 tone where the colors blended smoothly into each other. I got an 50s American Original 2 tone last year and she is easy on the eye. Have to pick it up every time I pass by. She plays havoc with my punctuality!!
 

Scott Baxendale

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May 20, 2020
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Sante Fe, NM
I've always thought of bursts as old-man guitars, but hey- I'm not as young anymore and and have slowly come around to the notion. So, what makes for a good sunburst? Wide, red, deep yellow, grain; the variations seem endless.
It depends on which type of sunburst you desire. The 1958 three color was the best Fender sunburst by far! By 62 the three color wasn’t as smooth between the color transition and the fades were sharper.

What makes a good sunburst? It’s the skill of the person spraying it along with following the correct steps. Unfortunately these photos don’t do the color fades Justice and they look sharper here than in real life.

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walter01

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Jan 28, 2022
210
United Kingdom
I've always thought of bursts as old-man guitars, but hey- I'm not as young anymore and and have slowly come around to the notion. So, what makes for a good sunburst? Wide, red, deep yellow, grain; the variations seem endless.
I’m an old man, but bought these when I was young!
 

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CRobbins

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Oct 19, 2014
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stratblast

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Jan 17, 2015
559
OMAHA, NEBRASKA
It depends on which type of sunburst you desire. The 1958 three color was the best Fender sunburst by far! By 62 the three color wasn’t as smooth between the color transition and the fades were sharper.

What makes a good sunburst? It’s the skill of the person spraying it along with following the correct steps. Unfortunately these photos don’t do the color fades Justice and they look sharper here than in real life.

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Nice b bender. I always wanted one.
 

JDug

Strat-O-Master
Sep 18, 2020
814
New Jersey USA
To me, its a 3TSB target or clown burst, 3 distinct colors, like the Strats from the ‘60’s. To me, Fender hasn’t got it right in years, like an AO ‘60’s…not bright enough yellow, little to no red at all.

Close second is a faded 3TSB on a ‘59, or what the CS calls chocolate burst.
 

Wrighty

Dr. Stratster
Mar 7, 2013
11,626
Harlow, Essex, UK
I've always thought of bursts as old-man guitars, but hey- I'm not as young anymore and and have slowly come around to the notion. So, what makes for a good sunburst? Wide, red, deep yellow, grain; the variations seem endless.
Not sure, but it never ends well. Red somewhere once they burst they implode in on themselves and turn into a black hole.
 

Wrighty

Dr. Stratster
Mar 7, 2013
11,626
Harlow, Essex, UK
Dark brown to black looks quality, class. Reds and yellows look, well to me anyway, rather cheap. Most of the cheap Stratalikes I remember were gaudy yellow / red bursts.
 

MT Poteet

Strat-O-Master
Sep 10, 2021
815
Denco
The first thing that ruins a burst is actually on the back, and that’s the tummy tuck totally blacked out. I call it a conspiracy strat when they are hiding the truth, (plywood or veneer).
With the spring cavity right there (most of us don't even use the covers), it is pretty simple to see a solid wood body.
I have only seen one plywood body in my time, not a Fender, and it was painted a solid color.
 


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