How much does the color/ finish of a guitar matter to you?

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tapper mike
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5509 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:04 pm

As a continuation from the "your next guitar" thread. At one time the color of a guitar wasn't that important which lead me to having five black guitars. Different models same color.

Grain patterns have nothing to do with tone. I've had more than my fair share of "bursts", "trans" and natural finish bodies. It's not to say that I'm going to only seek out solid color guitars from here on, But I'm ready to go back to one.

To me it's a $200 difference in the budget guitar I'm intending to buy. I may just splurge to get a guitar of a different color than I've had in the past.

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Uncle E
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11910 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:20 pm

Tobacco burst!

lfm
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5433 posts since 22 Jan, 2005 from Sweden

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:26 pm

A guitar in a stand is furniture - so it matters a lot just being there if it's appealing.

And even fretboard matters - to me Fender is maple neck and maple fretboard - so go far to get that right. I even bought an extra neck to swap on a tele recently since the body I wanted didn't have maple fretboard, which was all wrong for me. $600 extra did that cost me.

The Gibsons are rosewood fretboards, but that is how it's supposed to be. ;)

perfumer
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662 posts since 4 Oct, 2018

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:41 pm

I don't like 'glossy' finish, don't know how it's called but like this one here:
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Especially when it comes in red, green or blue - yikes! And I don't like 'white' fretboards, as in maple for example.

I'd NEVER buy such a gutar, playing one would be a nightmare come true - so distracting, ouch my eyes!, etc.).

That's the only guitar I've ever had, bought earlier this year (I'm a noob :hihi: ):
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It's Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK2 - Charcoal Gray and a bit hard to photograph. It looks a lot better in person.

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Uncle E
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11910 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:06 pm

lfm wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:26 pm
And even fretboard matters - to me Fender is maple neck and maple fretboard - so go far to get that right. I even bought an extra neck to swap on a tele recently since the body I wanted didn't have maple fretboard, which was all wrong for me. $600 extra did that cost me.

The Gibsons are rosewood fretboards, but that is how it's supposed to be. ;)
No fair, now you're actually talking about something meaningful, that actually affects the sound. I thought we were having a frivolous conversation here. ;)

tapper mike
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Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:07 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:20 pm
Tobacco burst!
Yeah, it's funny now as no one wants to call it that anymore. They just call it sun burst. Since the 70's I've had about 10 of them. I was staring at one my friend is selling at his guitar store. Love the guitar, not getting it in tobacco burst. Only slightly feel guilty about not buying the guitar from him as I've known him since the 70's

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Uncle E
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11910 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:09 pm

You can call it cancerstick burst. ;)

samsam
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2999 posts since 9 Dec, 2008

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:13 pm

My new and only guitar is a vintage reissue. Very non glossy which is great but it marks and scratches so easily and I'm normally really bothered about these things with synths.

Pretty soon it'll look like it's actually from 1963.

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Uncle E
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11910 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:22 pm

1963 ES-335 reissue?

tapper mike
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Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:24 pm

lfm wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:26 pm
A guitar in a stand is furniture - so it matters a lot just being there if it's appealing.

And even fretboard matters - to me Fender is maple neck and maple fretboard - so go far to get that right. I even bought an extra neck to swap on a tele recently since the body I wanted didn't have maple fretboard, which was all wrong for me. $600 extra did that cost me.

The Gibsons are rosewood fretboards, but that is how it's supposed to be. ;)
I had a series of maple neck/fretboard guitars in the 80's Every damn one warped. American made, Japanese made, Korean made. Didn't matter country of origin. Worst of all was the separate maple fretboard one I had. (although I do have a few now that are "stable") The dark rosewood fretboard on my Fender Plus was the one that lasted the longest. I wanted them to work for me back then but they just didn't.

As for Gibson fretboards. Ebony baby Ebony all the way. If I could I'd swap the Pau Ferro on my Epi - Joe pass in an instant. I'm liking Ovangkol as an alternative to Ebony.

samsam
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Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:25 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:22 pm
1963 ES-335 reissue?
PBass American Vintage

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Uncle E
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Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:32 pm

tapper mike wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:24 pm
As for Gibson fretboards. Ebony baby Ebony all the way. If I could I'd swap the Pau Ferro on my Epi - Joe pass in an instant. I'm liking Ovangkol as an alternative to Ebony.
My Carvin Les Paul was a hard rock maple body/neck with an ebony fretboard. Talk about harsh!

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Uncle E
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11910 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:33 pm

samsam wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:25 pm
PBass American Vintage
Beautiful! Congrats! My favorite bass I've ever played is my friend's 1965 P-Bass. I play a 1973.

samsam
KVRAF
2999 posts since 9 Dec, 2008

Post Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:59 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:33 pm
samsam wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:25 pm
PBass American Vintage
Beautiful! Congrats! My favorite bass I've ever played is my friend's 1965 P-Bass. I play a 1973.
Thanks, it's a stunner. Just a bit too easy to leave my mark on but hey, rock n roll :)

tapper mike
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Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:21 am

Uncle E wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:32 pm
tapper mike wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:24 pm
As for Gibson fretboards. Ebony baby Ebony all the way. If I could I'd swap the Pau Ferro on my Epi - Joe pass in an instant. I'm liking Ovangkol as an alternative to Ebony.
My Carvin Les Paul was a hard rock maple body/neck with an ebony fretboard. Talk about harsh!

Yeah well... Carvin says a lot. The two I've played had over the top pups.

Can't say the same about my Gibson LP Custom it was sweet and ballsy. My Parker P44 was all mahogany with an ebony fretboard

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