Fender primer colors??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gbrooding, Feb 4, 2014.


  1. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

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    I have a black 1978 Fender Precision that the finish/paint has worn over the years in a few spots down to the wood. It appears that there was a coat of red under the black. Was this a primer color used by Fender, or possibly the original color?
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Didn't Fender used to solid color paint instruments when clear and burst finishes didn't come out well? I seem to remember a post of a solid color over a burst not being unusual from the factory. Maybe they were just refinished to complete an order? I mention this because I'm not aware of red being used as an undercoat color. (I am not an expert btw)
  3. lz4005

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    Yes. A factory respray isn't unheard of from Fender when bursts didn't meet their standards.

    I've only ever heard of Fender using white as an actual primer/wood sealer color.
  4. SamanthaCay

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    This apparently happen with other colors as well.
    Say they had made too many black p's and where short on lpb, they would shoot lpb over the black.
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  6. Deep Cat

    Deep Cat Supporting Member

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    That explains those heavy relics with bursts and reds under other colors.
  7. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    Yup, especially in the 60s when they were pumping out the standard sunburst scheme. If they hosed it up or needed a custom job it is said that Fender would shoot the other color right over the original sprayed color.
  8. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

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    Thanks! Makes sense. This red is the same as the red on my 71 sunburst, so it may have started out as a burst.
  9. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Maybe it was the red from a 3 color burst before adding the 3rd color. A fair amount of it would be red for sure.

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