Hi Folks, So, I've been working finding a rebuild project for myself for some time, and it's become an obsession for the last couple months. I went from buying a kit, to buying parts, to buying an existing guitar to take apart and rebuild/refinish. I went from wanting a second Tele for the build, to getting a Jaguar, to, now, a Strat. So, now, with the guitar in hand, I have to make some big decisions about finish, hardware, etc. in the midst of this I found myself actually turning from my many-year dream of having a surf green guitar to doing one in Sonic Blue, which is a color I had never considered before, but the Fender Blacktop Strat in Sonic Blue that they have at the stores these days caught my eyes and wormed it's way into my brain. So, Sonic Blue it is. But after looking around it seems like getting "the right" Sonic Blue is difficult for a lot of folks. A lot of people have been reporting that the Reranch flavor of it is a little more vibrant than they were expecting. The Jaguarillo that Fender is making right now has a strikingly "faded" flavor to it. And yes, I said "faded" even though there's apparently an ongoing debate about whether this color properly could be said to "fades" or, instead, to "age".... I didn't expect such an unpretentious looking color to be so complex, and spark such debate! Moreover, it seems that the only truly safe way to go is to find a DuPont retailer and use the color code from the '56 Caddy days (2295) to mix you a fresh can of the paint. But there seems to be an issue there for some folks, since the codes provided might be from Duco, which is/was apparently connected to DuPont, but not exactly DuPont.... and I've read some people having trouble going that route as well... So, with all this in my head I went over to Napa Auto Parts in town, since I remembered seeing that they had a decent paint section last time I was there. Their selection of rattle cans was disappointing, but they can mix new paints for you. They couldn't make any use of the DuPont codes I gave them, and while they were able to look up the colors by make/model of the original Cadillacs, they could pull up any kind of a swatch or sample. I passed (which is good, because the only blue they found in their system for Caddy that year was Tahoe Blue, which is... ugh http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?ditzler=11476&page=1&rows=50&size=large. The nice guy at Napa did tell me that if I had a swatch, I could bring it in, and they could use their fancy system to duplicate it. So, I need a swatch. This gave me a great idea - if I can find a swatch that is easily accessible to loads of people, than anyone else who is stuck in my same situation can go get the same swatch (a popular store), and take it to a place that will match and make them the right kind of paint (unlike most popular paint stores). Foolish - probably, but potentially a labor of love for myself and some other people out there. I am willing to be That Guy if it comes to something really important, and I was going to have to be That Guy three times tonight. First, I went to Sherwin Williams and grabbed one of every blue swatch they had available. Then I went to Lowes and did they same, for both Valspar and Olympic brands. Then, I needed a specimen. So I rolled over to Guitar Center (which, like most of us I have very mixed feelings about - especially as a former employee). I knew they had a Blackout Strat in Sonic Blue - the same hue of it that caught my eye in the first place. And yes, in full That Guy-ness, I laid it on the floor and broke out all 55 of my swatches. Many employees enjoyed a good laugh as they went by... I've narrowed it down to the five closest colors, and I made sure to include the closest matches from each of the 3 brands of paint, so that way if anyone else follows my goofy lead they will hopefully have one of these brands' retailers close by. No one was absolutely perfect in my eye, but that's ok, so long as you think if you want to lean toward being more pale or bold, or more blue or green in the hue you want. Here's my list of contenders, from closest match to furthest (according to my eye): 1) Valspar "Tropic Mist", color #5002-7A This is the only one that really hit that tinge of green that is in Sonic Blue. 2) Sherwin Williams, "Lauren's Surprise", Color # SW 6791 Close, but a little darker and bluer than the original. 3) Olympic, "Blue Persuasion", Color # A56-2 This one felt like it was the right brightness/paleness, but was just a little too blue. 4) Olympic, "Aqua Sparkle", Color # B57-1 More green than "Blue Persuasion", but a little darker as well. 5) Sherwin Williams, "Open Air", SW 6491 A little more blue, and a little more vibrant than the original. So, there you have it. I think I'll give the "Tropic Mist" a try. I'll take this swatch down to Napa later this week, have them make a can, and then give it a roll. When I do, I'll let you all know how this process works itself out. Let me know if this looks like it could be useful info for anyone else, I'd be happy to know I was helpful in anyway. Wish me luck!