I was looking at the 2009 Fender Frontline catalog and noticed that the colors for the American Standard basses are the same as last year. The reason I'm confused is because of the blowout prices they had a couple months ago on the Blizzard Pearls. I thought it was because the color was being discontinued (at least on the Am. Stds.). One difference with the '09's however, is that the Blizzard Pearls will now come with the tort guard rather than the parchment that came on the '08's. I guess I was ahead of the curve on that one since I slapped a tort on mine right after I got it.