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Fender primer colors??

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

  1. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    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

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    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


    Oct 22, 2013
    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


    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    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.
  5. That explains those heavy relics with bursts and reds under other colors.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    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.
  7. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    Thanks! Makes sense. This red is the same as the red on my 71 sunburst, so it may have started out as a burst.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    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.