Is butterscotch blonde with a rosewood fretboard "historically correct" for 60's Teles?

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  1. Kloun

    Kloun TDPRI Member

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    Just curious. When I see fender do a reissue (like the 1964) with a Rosewood fretboard, the blonde on the body seems whiter than the maple fretboards which have the yellowish butterscotch blonde color. For Pre-CBS Fenders would a butterscotch colored body be historically correct with a Rosewood fretboard?
     
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    Don't know for sure, but it seems like I see more Olympic White, and Sunburst guitars (plus a few custom colors like Black, Dakota Red, Lake Placid Blue, etc.) than true blondes in the 60's. A lot of folks mistake yellowed Olympic White for Blonde and Butterscotch. Rosewood fretboards were standard beginning in '59 if I'm not mistaken.
     
  3. toomuchfun

    toomuchfun Tele-Afflicted

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    No. As A.R. Duchossoir says in his book, the butterscotch color was really around until late 1954. After that they changed to a creamier, slightly beige look. By the late '50's they turned more off white and were variations of that through the '60's.

    With age most yellow some but a '60's reissue should be what you see.
     
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    No it is definitely not.
     
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    Mid 60s Olympic white often gets really yellow like the one in the previous post. Looks similar but it's not the same thing
     
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    Probably not period correct.
    Jeff Lynne plays a BSB Tele with a rosewood board and it really looks unnatural to me.
     
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    I was told by a dealer that for the '60's era Fenders if you can see even a hint of grain it's blond, if you can't it's olympic white. At least that was his take.
     
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    White ash body with rose fingerboard is historically correct
     
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    I think typically/traditionally the only finish that ash gets is blonde, with a maple fretboard. Any opaque finish is Alder, and those would have a rosewood board with olympic white.
    Like mentioned above, blonde has visible ash grain, olympic white no grain, therefore the less attractive alder is used since it is covered up.
     
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