Bass colors most associated with Leo Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brocket, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. brocket

    brocket Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    Coastal NC
    I’m kicking around an idea to turn a J bass I’m not playing much into a Leo Bass, basically a mashup of a few Leo Fender designed basses. The one thing I’m having a hard time with is picking a color associated with Leo Fender. I know 3-color sunburst and Candy Apple Red are pretty traditional for a Fender, but I’m going to do a simple rattle can finish so burst is out and I don’t like red. I’m leaning towards Sherwood Green since I like green basses and it’s a historical color, but wasn’t sure if there was a color from Music Man or G&L that’s associated with Fender. Thanks!

    And in case your curious, my idea for the Leo Bass is:
    - J bass w/ rosewood FB
    - Stingray oval pickguard
    - P-bass bridge cover
    - three hole Tele bass control plate
    - 2-band Stingray preamp
    - MFD pickup
    - currently leaning towards Sherwood Green w/mint guard
    - maybe color matched headstock with custom Brocket Leo Bass decal.

    I made scale prints of the main parts to check fit. I’d love the MFD to be in the Stingray spot, but the control plate looks like it’ll interfere, so it might be closer to the P spot. I’ll need someone to rout the body, and I may need to fill in around the control plate.
  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

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  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    seriously: i've seen some great looking axes in green tones! i look forward to seeing what you make of yours! good luck! :thumbsup:
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  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Leo's preEB Musicman era didn't have any green colors.
    Natural, Burst, Black, Silver, Brown, White, and then they added Red after Leo split and Jackson took over building.
  5. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Leo color? Guess I'd vote for butterscotch.
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  6. Elusive1


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  7. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
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  8. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Isn't this Sherwood Green?
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Gotta be that brown burst that bassists love (or it's the only option) and guitarists and your audience hate.
  10. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Personally, I'd eschew most of the traditional Leo finishes and go for something from the '80s "international series" – still official Fender, but unique enough to be different:
    • Arctic White
    • Morocco Red
    • Maui Blue
    • Monaco Yellow
    • Capri Orange
    • Sahara Taupe
    • Cathay Ebony
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  11. brocket

    brocket Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    Coastal NC
    Ooooo. That’s a good one. If I wasn’t using a MIM J with a thick poly finish that’d be a great direction to go.

    Great! Thanks!! Hmmm... I’ve always liked Shoreline Gold too...
  12. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Lake Placid Blue (LPB)!

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  13. franklindayala


    Feb 8, 2015
    Candy apple red was the only Fender in house custom color. The rest was from car catalogs (that are really cool also).

    Edit: If green is your option. Go with British racing green.

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  14. Kro


    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Where's that eye roll emoji...
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  15. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Well, how about blond? It's what turned into butterscotch over a long time. Or maybe sonic blue?
  16. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I can't disagree if a shade of green is up for consideration. Rickenbacker did a limited run a few years ago of BRG, which is classic and lovely:
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  17. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    New Hampshire
    I'd be kind of surprised if Leo had anything at all to do with colors other than blond. It's a great plan to go Sherwood Green. I've wanted one for years.
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  18. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Personally I'd go with Sherwood Green with a matching headstock and a mint guard.
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  19. Maple fingerboard, natural ash/blond body/ black pick guard.
    Think telecaster, original Precision, StingRay.
    This has always seemed the most “Leo” of schemes. He never seemed big on flash.
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  20. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn My (Adopted) Daughter Supporting Member

    +1 for Sonic Blue... I’ve done 2- rattle can refins (both pics are filtered- they actually looked very similar in color)

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