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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Am I the only one who digs the darker aged version of Lake Placid Blue on Relics?

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Surf's Up!
Sep 24th, 2012 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was about 4 years old at the time. I remember my older teenage cousin was in a surf band. He had the old blue metal flake Slingerland drum set, wore the short sleeved button down collar oxford "Beach Boys" shirts and all.

One day he had a rehearsal at his house in his bedroom. I got to hang out and watch in amazement. His guitar player had what I now know was a '64 or '65 Strat in Lake Placid Blue. It was not like today's Lake Placid Blue, but darker.

One time when I was visiting Dennis Galuszka at the Custom Shop, he was showing me some Relics getting ready to be packed up and sent to the warehouse. There was a Relic P-Bass with the exact color of Lake Placid Blue that I remember. I asked Dennis to see if it may be a different color name. Nope, Dennis said it was an aged version of Lake Placid Blue.

I love the darker LPB because it matches my memory of that color from back in the late 60's. What's more accurate or are both accurate? I wish more 60's Relics were offered in the darker LPB. Anyone else remember the darker LPB?

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Oct 8th, 2012 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

The metallic finishes were Duco and not nitro. As I understand how they did the early process, Fender shot a clear coat over the color coat to protect it from wear. Left unprotected, sweat turned the metallic particles brown; the clear coating was tougher and the finish retained it's blue color. The clear coat tended to darken due to UV exposure.

I have an LPB Telecaster that has taken on an almost aquamarine color...it's not that bright blue you see on modern LPB guitars these days.

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