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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Crashbelt, Jul 12, 2019.
What's the difference between blonde and yellow?
OP- stunning collection! I’m another that misses an LP Special double cut that shouldn’t have been sold.
Fairly obscure blond below: 2012 Telebration Empress Telecaster.
Blondes usually age to a yellow color but start off quite light, like an off-white.
A true blonde is like the color on a mint 55 tele.
And are most always translucent.
I might be corrected but I’ve seen one and heard that the original 50-54 Teles were that light shade of blonde and just yellowed to a butterscotch because of multiple factors.
And yellow is just yellow and usually a solid color
Meh, sort of but not really What’s a ‘true’ blond?
The early Fenders were translucent but the actual paint was darker than the mid-late fifties Teles. Additionally, until mid to late 1954 the clear coat Fender used was different and contained a more volatile UV component which reacted more drastically to sunlight, etc. So, early (1950-1954) examples have what people refer to as a ‘butterscotch’ blond tone that includes both a darker tone blond paint and a cleat coat that reacts to UV by darkening a bit.
Mid fifties Fenders have a ‘whiter’ blond paint and a new clear coat that does not react as dramatically to UV exposure.
‘59 and later has a clear coat that again ‘yellows’ when exposed to UV and this period produced instruments that have that ‘banana’ yellow tint, losing some of their translucency.
Incidentally, I used to own a mint condition ‘64 Blond Strat that was completely unfaded - the finish looked similar to a late fifties finish. That clear coat is the culprit in those cases. I also currently own a very clean 1952 Esquire that has very minimal fade and the color of the blonde is still ‘butterscotch’ (both on top and under the guard/neck) and a 1955 Telecaster that is in the same shape and has a ‘white’ blond finish on top and underneath - the fact is the paint is also a different ‘blond’ from era to era.
Anyway...Fender changed their paint, clear coat, and procedures all the time (often using different materials from different suppliers within the same era, sometimes not using clear coats or undercoats, etc.) so there isn’t really a true ‘blond’ finish - or, a true Lake Placid Blue, or a Fiesta Red...depending on the week the paint could come from a different supplier and the guy working the line could skip a clear coat or whatever.
My two blondes.
The one that got away. Sold it six years ago and I'm still pissed.(the guitar, not the dog)
THAT'S THE COLOR!!!
Yeah, I'll play. Here are my Blondes variants, all builds
Robben Ford '60s style (not built by me)
'50s Blackguard Esquire
50s Nocaster Style Blackguard
50s style whiteguard roasted maple neck
59 style a la Jimmy Page (mirrors not required)
60s style aged
Thanks! So's my wife!
Some collection! How do you decide which one to play? My brain would overload with that many choices!
Wow...outstanding and all beauties! I feel like such a slacker...gotta get me some more!
Good GOSH!! Those are all incredible. I’m with @StrangerNY - don’t know how I’d decide which to play. But I’d love to just sit in a room with those all around me, in a swivel chair and spin around looking at them until I got dizzy and passed out...
Coroner report would read something like... “death by blonde tele overdose”. We should all be so lucky.
The first SG model was a slab body and identical to the '60-style LP Special. No neck joint issues on that one. I think the early SGs with the countoured body had a weak neck joint, as you say.
That's just the blondes, mate. .
At home pretty much what I do.... I keep as many guitars as I can out so literally, yes, I sit in the middle and make selection.
What's tricky is deciding which Tele to take to rehearsal or the gig. I only use Teles for some tracks, Rickenbacker, Gibsons and Gretch are the others and only so much room in the car.....