#1
Hi guys,

I'm gonna buy a Fender Standard MIM Stratocaster and I'm not sure what color I should pick because I have to live with that color for the rest of my life because this will be my first electric guitar.

I play blues to classic rock. I like SRV and Clapton and B.B. King and Led Zeppelin and The Eagles, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Mayer, you get the picture.

I want a color that would look good if I play Sweet Sixteen or Texas Flood and still look good and young when I play new stuff like John Mayer.

My primary choices and comments:

Arctic White - I saw Eric Clapton use one live playing Groaning the Blues, and Hendrix too

Black Candy Apple Red - Looks good with Layla or Sunshine of Your Love, looks young, but somewhat ordinary

Sunburst - I saw Hendrix use one and this looks good with SRV songs

Black - suits EC's Old Love and John Mayer but looks weird if I play SRV or Hendrix


HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know all of us go through hard decisions like this!!
#2
oh yeah and if you add a tortoise pickguard to a white strat it looks super classic but cool
#4
Not sure if srs...

Pick the colour that you like the look of most.
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#5
You're making it seem like the colour's gonna change the way the song sounds when you're playing it.
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#6
arctic white with maple fretboard......just curious how is this your first guitar if you've been a member of UG since january 2009
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#7
It's not like there is any colour that better than another. Opinions are like arseholes... they don't mean shit.
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#8
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You're making it seem like the colour's gonna change the way the song sounds when you're playing it.


I know it does sounds silly, but I get where he's coming from. In my alternative rock band I use my white Les Paul but when I play in my indie band I use my sunburst Les Paul because playing indie music on a white Les Paul just doesn't feel or look right to me.
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#9
Since when are songs color-coordinated?
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#10
wtf man. just pick a colour u like. it's about what u like not what looks good with certain songs. i've seen ppl play SRV with black strats. nothing wrong with that. I've seen ppl play SRV with Les Pauls , nothing wrong with that. If u like it, then thats all that matters.
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#11
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wtf man. just pick a colour u like. it's about what u like not what looks good with certain songs. i've seen ppl play SRV with black strats. nothing wrong with that. I've seen ppl play SRV with Les Pauls , nothing wrong with that. If u like it, then thats all that matters.



than would you play SRV with a pink strat? i guess not...

i'm talking about the mood of your guitar and the music
#12
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arctic white with maple fretboard......just curious how is this your first guitar if you've been a member of UG since january 2009


i play an acoustic now
i did say electric guitar
#13
your personal identity as a musician should transcend genres and encompass all of the styles of music you enjoy playing. You should choose a look that is "YOU"; not a look that corresponds most with specific styles. It's only logical that if you're a very green person that the colour green is probably the best "middle point" of all the styles of music you enjoy.

And if you're not sure what colour "you" are, then:
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than would you play SRV with a pink strat? i guess not...

i'm talking about the mood of your guitar and the music


i wouldn't because i dont like the color pink. but if i did like pink, i wouldn't mind playing SRV with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQvz4R9xzBU

he's playing a pink strat but it doesn't affect the music in anyway. if he likes a pink strat, then who gives a shit about what other thinks or color matching the song.
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#16
Gothic Black with grey skulls across the body, a pickguard with pigs blood all over it, a neck with a human spine carved into it, and paint satanic smiles on your pickups. Take a dead monkey skull and slam it on top of the neck, so that it looked like you murdered a primate with your sharpened stake-Fender. Seriously man, nothing screams blues like that.

On a more serious note though, man, does it matter? My Soloist is all black and I can play anything I want it. Even pop music. I think this is a case of overthinking things.
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Gothic Black with grey skulls across the body, a pickguard with pigs blood all over it, a neck with a human spine carved into it, and paint satanic smiles on your pickups. Take a dead monkey skull and slam it on top of the neck, so that it looked like you murdered a primate with your sharpened stake-Fender. Seriously man, nothing screams blues like that.

This post contains win.

Aaaaaanyways, didn't Hendrix use a black Strat? O_o Black's always good, but it might be a little on the generic side(everyone and their dog has a black Strat-shaped guitar now)...I'd go for cream, but I don't think they make those anymore.
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#18
If you're a purist, go for sunburst with maple scale for sure. Those were the first guitars made by Fender, in 1954. Other colors than sunburst only came 1 or 2 years later, along with rosewood scales.

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#19
if you can't pick a color then i don't think you're ready for a guitar yet...
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#20
white with a white pickguard, knobs, and pickup covers. maple neck, but rosewood would look amazing too (and the feel / playability should be more important than the looks of maple )
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#21
Pitch black satin finished body, black hardware and an ebony fretboard without inlays. Then you're read for some BR0000000tal METAL!!

No, wait, was this thread about some stratocaster? Forget what I said. You obviously need the one that looks "twangiest". Because, after all strats are really twangy. They sound nice and twangyish with their twangy single coils. Some twangy action there, man. Go for it!
#22
Quote by GangsterLi
I know it does sounds silly, but I get where he's coming from. In my alternative rock band I use my white Les Paul but when I play in my indie band I use my sunburst Les Paul because playing indie music on a white Les Paul just doesn't feel or look right to me.


I've seen people with B.C. Rich's and other pointy guitars play blues and other genres that you would normally never see a guitar like that in. It should all come down to the feel of the guitar first, then if you can, and if there's multiple colors to choose from, pick the way the guitar looks. You can always paint or add graphics later on during the guitars life.
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#23
black sounds the best for br00tz
white sounds best for blues
burst sounds best for classic rock
solid primaries are the most versatile.

Are you serious?

IMO go with Artic White or find some other rare finish. Unique is sweet. Make sure you get HSS btw.
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#24
I'd suggest Lake Placid Blue with a rosewood fretboard.
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#25
If you have to ask what color you need I vote for pink. Nasty peptobismol pink. Rock on pinky!!
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#26
I'd say white. Very few people use a plain white Strat these days, most use an off-white/light cream colour, or they ruin it with a tortoise pickguard and black plastic parts. White/white/white with an all-maple neck looks damn nice no matter what you play.

Though I do genuinely agree with several people that pink would be a better choice. Rare as balls and nobody will dare talk shit about someone who plays a pink guitar and plays well.
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I'd say white. Very few people use a plain white Strat these days, most use an off-white/light cream colour, or they ruin it with a tortoise pickguard and black plastic parts. White/white/white with an all-maple neck looks damn nice no matter what you play.

Though I do genuinely agree with several people that pink would be a better choice. Rare as balls and nobody will dare talk shit about someone who plays a pink guitar and plays well.

i agree with your post!
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White/white/white with an all-maple neck looks damn nice no matter what you play.


This

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Though I do genuinely agree with several people that pink would be a better choice. Rare as balls and nobody will dare talk shit about someone who plays a pink guitar and plays well.


and this.

It's tough. But if you can't jizz with pink then go white.
#29
Red, white, black, or sunburst. They work for most anything.
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It's tough. But if you can't jizz with pink then go white.
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Quote by MrFlibble
I'd say white. Very few people use a plain white Strat these days, most use an off-white/light cream colour, or they ruin it with a tortoise pickguard and black plastic parts. White/white/white with an all-maple neck looks damn nice no matter what you play.

Though I do genuinely agree with several people that pink would be a better choice. Rare as balls and nobody will dare talk shit about someone who plays a pink guitar and plays well.






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