Friend of Leo's
- Oct 21, 2019
- Four Rivers Area of Middle America
And what are the dominant car colors now? White for sure but what else? Gray,? Beige?They are always modern and more non-traditional colors for a reason. JM and PRS have both been adamant that we’ll never see a sunburst or the like. In several of the interviews and social media posts, the colors were mentioned. The first run were all Tesla auto colors. Even the black was metallic and sparkly.
John said part of his vision for the guitar was to make it an idealized modern version of the classic. In other words, if the electric guitar was made for the first time ever in 2018, what colors would it be a available in? Blonde and sunburst would not be on the list. What besides guitars is still made in blonde or sunburst? Nothing. They exist because they were extremely popular at the time they were first utilized. They were used in furniture design and other decor extensively. They were hip and desirable. In the 50’s. By the 60’s Fender was using loads of crazy bright colors, pastels, and metallics that were all the rage in the auto industry. It was all very “modern” compared to the decade before.
The Silver Sky idea takes its color cues from what’s popular and happening *now*
I'm behind the times then, too. My favorite colors are sunburst, natural, white, creme.Huh. I buy sunburst guitars because I think they are attractive and I enjoy a good wood grain. Makes for a refined looking instrument. I didn’t realize I’m just behind the times.
What were the top car colors in 2018? 2022?You’re not behind the times. I’d bet dollars to donuts that if we looked at the Gibson and Fender books, sunburst is definitely the top seller across the board. Lots of people love it. I’m not one of them, but I’m aware that I’m in the minority.
John is right, though. If the solid body electric guitar had been invented in 2018 instead of 1948, the color palette that we associate with it would be very different...
I've yet to confuse a Fender guitar for a. Bigsby guitar...just like Leo did for Paul Bigsby (guitars) and D. T. N. Williamson (amps) ?