What color is this Billy Gibbons Esquire?

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  1. alnico_blue

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    I know he says its shoreline gold in the video - but doesnt look like it to me. Shoreline looks like it has metal flakes that sparkle and is gold.

    This to me looks more like a flat color with no sparkle, closer to some kind of tan with hints of pink. Very much like Gretsch's "jaguar tan"

    Anybody know what the official colour is?
     
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    It's a mauvey-shade-of-pinky-russet, for sure.

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    *sorry - old saying around the house. Couldn't resist.*
     
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    that's no kind of gold whatsoever, from where I sit
    That's pretty much, yeah, tan, or greyish light brown, even
     
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    Definitely looks like a shoreline gold to me, shoreline gold is probably the least sparkly of the metallics

    Fwiw I’m no expert but am insane for shoreline gold;)
     
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    It's Shoreline Gold.

    That's not what I would call it, but apparently that's what Fender calls it.

    Me, I would call it Transylvania Taupe.

    :(
     
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    It's Shoreline Gold, and it looks just like it – or at least just like a faked old version of it viewed in a tiny Internet video. The color of the one posted afterward looks no different to me. But it is shown in still instead of moving pictures, and it is photographed to deliberately feature glare/reflections. The one in the video is deliberately lit to reduce glare/reflections, providing a more objective rendering of the guitar.

    Shoreline often appears to mildly "flip flop" from a tan-gold to a lavender-gold, and it by no means looks like it has "flakes." It uses standard metallic particles, which can't even reasonably be called "glitter" (the next step up in the bling department) let alone "flakes" (a step beyond glitter in terms of bling). It is not a particularly sparkly color. It's a fairly subdued, i.e. "non-blingy" metallic in the grand scheme of things, and it only loses more as it ages (or is fake aged). Examples that have gone largely matte basically just look tan or light brown from a distance. The old school Fender gold that REALLY looks gold is Aztec Gold.

    FWIW, I have this guitar model. Limited edition of 291, American Vintage '65 reissue. All AVs came N.O.S. style, so it's fully glossy. Even so, there isn't a tone of bling. It really just looks like a slightly shimmery light brown that appears to go slightly lavender in certain lighting. These photos are a very good representation of the color, at least on my computer monitor.

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    ...while Aztec looks more like this:

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    shoreline gold definitely - worn.
     
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    Pontiac Shoreline Gold Metalic was more a goldie / fawn colour not in your face gold like the fakes.
     
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    This is a great explanation. thank you. Okay, so it is Shoreline Gold, and as you say - probably a good example of when it has aged. Great, so now I have it confirmed, comes the hard part. I will be trying to do my own build with this same color. Time to spend some time the "Finely Finished" forum.
     
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    I know those shoreline gold 65s were available for only 2014
    The burgundy mist 65s were available the same year.
    Do you know if the burgundy mist was a limited custom color also?
     
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