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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / What Color is My Mustang?



Aug 22nd, 2006 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got this mustang from a store in Texas.It used to belong to Carson Vester founding member of the legendary Texas trio Honky.I was told the finish is original(graphics are painted on).Anyone know what this color is?Some people told me that it is a faded Fiesta Red,but others said Fiesta Red from the early 70's(I think this is a 73)wouldn't have faded that much.

73 Mustang



Aug 23rd, 2006 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

It does look a bit too faded to be fiesta red - if you look at the pics of my fiesta red 73 on shortscale.org (you posted in the thread, so check your posts), you will see that mine is a lot darker. Its possible if it has seen a lot of light though I suppose. If it is any other colour it is probably a refin, so it might be worth checking in the neck pocket to see.



Aug 23rd, 2006 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Nick,thanks for the post.I saw the pick of your Mustang and Twin,NICE!!Yours is a lot darker.I guess I'll have to take the neck off mine someday to see.

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Aug 26th, 2006 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Colors that were not effected much from the yellowing clear coat are the reds (in the 1960ís these colors are often not clear coated anyway). Unfortunately, these colors are highly reactive to sunlight (photo reactive). This could help explain the "Coral Pink" or "Salmon Pink" syndrome. Looking at Fender's custom color charts from 1960 to present, you can see Fender *never* had a color called "Coral Pink" or "Salmon Pink". The only official pink Fender used was Shell Pink from 1960 to 1963, which is a very flesh-toned pink color. The "Coral Pink" and "Salmon Pink" guitars are probably Fiesta Red in which the red pigment may had faded. Since Fiesta Red has a large amount of white in it, if the red fades the white would bleed through thus creating a pink. More likely though, and what many donít understand, original Fiesta Red is not really that red. From the can itís a pinkish, (light) orange hue. Every "Coral Pink" or "Salmon Pink" Fender I've seen from the late 1950's and later was actually Fiesta Red. I'm not saying "Coral Pink" doesn't exist. Perhaps it was a true custom ordered finish, not from the offered Fender custom color chart. Just people hear "red" in the name "Fiesta Red" and expect a fire truck-type color. If you want a fire truck, look for Dakota Red, not Fiesta Red.

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Aug 26th, 2006 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

"if you look at the pics of my fiesta red 73 on shortscale.org"

That's a cool forum.

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Aug 30th, 2006 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

It is not likely that this is an original finish.



Sep 1st, 2006 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe but The weird thing is that after I read your post I saw this ebay ad for a 1996 Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster in Coral

Coral Stratocaster

(This message was last edited by westtexasred at 12:19 PM, Sep 1st, 2006)

rob Schwarz-Fender


Sep 14th, 2006 11:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

hi folks!,
haven't dropped by in a long time...so I was just browsing....don't even know if my password works anymore....anyway..can't resist the Fiesta Red thing. westtexasred's pic is the closest I have ever seen to A Fiesta Red on the web or in print. It should look like Tomato soup with some milk in it. Can't comment on the Coral but the Mustang looks Fiesta Red to me......in my own defense I can only tell you that especially in 1986...I looked at more Fiesta Red, Surf Green, and Vinage White to pretty much last me the rest of my natural life.
I'm sticking with Fiesta. That one should go on the Fender.com color chart (maybe without the stickers though). :O) cheers folks!
an old friend, stopping by,



Oct 15th, 2006 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the post Rob!According to the store this guitar was bought at,Rockin Robin,this is the original finish,but I have never taken it apart to confirm this.Also,the graphics are painted on,not stickers.I wish I had some Honky stickers to put on the case.


(This message was last edited by westtexasred at 10:18 AM, Oct 15th, 2006)



Oct 15th, 2006 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is the back.It looks darker than it is,The "Honkystang" photo is what it really looks like.


(This message was last edited by westtexasred at 10:24 AM, Oct 15th, 2006)

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Oct 15th, 2006 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

it is definitely Fiesta Red, and BTW a very cool axe with all the graphics and such.

Of course we could ask WickedGTR...I am sure he has an opinion...

Mauer and Verson



Jun 11th, 2012 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow,it took me nearly 6 years but I finally found videos of Carson Vester playing "The Honkystang"

Carson Vester,J.D. Pinkus(Butthole Surfers) and Lance Farley circa '97

(This message was last edited by hippiepsychedelic at 06:05 PM, Jun 11th, 2012)

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