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Fender burst ... Black turned Purple?!?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fletz, Dec 23, 2013.


  1. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Hey all. I recently purchased a fender precision 60th anniversary (2011) for a steal of a deal at a somewhat local guitar center. It was the burst version (limited to about 125 special run). In the store I thought the transition from black to yellow (?) was sorta reddish, but paid it no mind. I got it home and realized the black of the burst is actually a deep purple (no band reference intended...)

    I will post pix a little later from my home computer but was curious if anyone else has seen this. It's got the "thin skin" nitro finish. It is too consistent to be faded from the sun - it's beautifully even and on the front and back. I contacted Fender who confirmed the serial number is in fact a a GC special run burst 60th anniversary. He also confirmed that none of these basses were done in purple or any variation thereof. (I knew that as there was only the blonde version and the special burst for guitar centers).

    Has anyone else seen this on this bass or any other fenders? Is this a normal phenomenon or a rare anomaly off the line?

    I know pix will help and I'll have them up ASAP.

    Happy, merry! And thanks for any comments this fine group of TBers may have.
     
  2. spaz21387

    spaz21387

    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I want to see it!
     
  3. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester Supporting Member

    It sounds great, whether it was intentional or official or not.
     
  4. Grissle

    Grissle

    May 17, 2009
    I've seen this before when the black isn't totally opaque and let's the red show through a little, nice looking actually.
     
  5. Bass_Thumper

    Bass_Thumper

    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    that makes it even more special perhaps.
     
  6. Woofer

    Woofer

    Sep 24, 2008
    OBX
    Bruise burst?
     
  7. I've heard it called eggplant burst, somewhere...
     
  8. Warhawk

    Warhawk

    Jan 31, 2003
    Canton, Ohio
    Sounds cool to me...my '03 AVRI Jazz is getting a slight green tint on the black parts of the three tone burst.
     
  9. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
  10. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Eggplanty. But it has tone for days and plays like buddha.

    Yeah. Kinda cool. If it's anything like most off the rack MIA Fenders...cool!
     
  11. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Eggplant is a great description. I like it alot
     
  12. hsech

    hsech I'm not old, I'm just seasoned. Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    That's cool. Keep it for sure. Might be one of a kind.
     
  13. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Yeah it does look purple.

    Beauty, 'grats.
     
  14. Weird, but totally awesome!
     
  15. Quite the pretty finish... quit making me jealous! :D
     
  16. spaz21387

    spaz21387

    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I like it! I would hold on to it since its probably going to be one of those rare finishes like Antigua
     
  17. dcalde78

    dcalde78

    Apr 17, 2012
    Scotland
    I had a cheap P-bass copy that had the same thing. I thought it was cool.
     
  18. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    I like to think I have a special run special run special edition. ;)
     
  19. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Just to add additional facts to the record here, I took the pickguard off tonight to have a looksee and, yes, the purple is pure. It is not a sun / exposure fade.
     
  20. JCheung

    JCheung

    Jan 25, 2013
    Herndon, VA
    That is a really cool color for a really cool bass