Honeyburst? Tobacco burst? What's the deal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madjazzbass, May 7, 2018.

  1. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    Pictured here are a few Fender Basses, 2 are with a "Honeyburst" finish, and 1 is a "Tobacco burst" finish; I don't see a whole lot of difference in the coloring of the Basses ... I'm thinking there may've been a typo cause they All look like Tobacco burst to me. The Mike Lull Jazz is also listed as "Honeyburst" qtx70sb3pna4d044mv9g09mhjr.jpg US18035780-body-large.jpg 160949594_fender-lyte-fretless-p-bass-1993-honeyburst.jpg LULLM5VHBURST2716-6T.jpg
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  2. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006
    You can tell them apart when you play them: the honeyburst sounds more sweetish, while the tobacco has a smokey flavour to it.
  3. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    I'd call all of them "Honeyburst". My G&L L2500 is "Tobacco Sunburst". (avatar photo and below)

  4. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    2 of those look like Sienna bursts which I'm not usually attracted to, the honey Elite looks great tho.
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  5. Early on Tobacco burst was the name used for three tone bursts with brown instead of red (Cherry sunburst differed in that the outer edge was red, not black). Not sure when that changed, but it may have been during the '80's or '90's when Sienna burst, Lemon burst, Fruit Punch burst... started to show up. Maybe it's just a marketing tactic to make you think one particular shade is sexier than the others, even though they all are pretty much minor variations on a basic theme. Car companies have been doing that for years. What sounds better: "Midnight Charcoal" or "Metallic Grey"; "Sandstone" or "Beige"; "Merlot" or "Maroon"? See?
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  6. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    Yeah, that's my favorite as well
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Neither is tobacco burst imo. Tobacco burst tends to be more dark brown.
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  8. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    My dad and I like to call those Tabasco bursts!
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  9. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    Yeah, but that's how Fender has been listed on the Fender page/site
  10. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    AFAD68EC-0175-4E85-8670-48B5A8894C78.jpeg To me this is tobacco burst.. yet Ibanez calls it dark brown burst...
  11. Bobro


    Feb 22, 2018
    Maribor, Slovnia
    Those colors are all so Middle Earth looking I'd call it a Hobbit Burst! Only 70s prog is allowed to played on a bass that has a Hobbit Burst, like Gentle Giant and stuff like that. Jethro Tull stuff woudl be fine, too.
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  12. jim nolte

    jim nolte

    Oct 26, 2006
    I don't have a picture of it but I used to have a G&L original headstock L1000 that was tobacco burst and it was a lot more brown then those, it smelled like cigarettes too ;)
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  13. BassWaffle


    Apr 10, 2011
    The sienna bursts on some T40s are gorgeous. My ovation magnum is a Greyburst lol, just grey to darker grey
  14. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    And what we have here ladies and gentlemen is the Sienna burst Fender83EliteII_322531_18.jpg
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  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Suspended Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I guess I see brightness, and saturation differences. But, very close to each other yes.
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  16. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    Yes, absolutely. I guess it also depends on the time of day and/or your mood;):D
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  17. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again??

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Bravo, sir! You win 1 internet!

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  18. TjMetalhead


    Oct 19, 2011
    New Mexico
    To me anyways, I've always considered the burst finish as following; Black+Red+Yellow(orange)=3 tone sunburst, Black+Yellow(orange)= Tobacco sunburst, and Red+yellow(orange)=Honey burst.
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  19. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Want to see one that really confused me when I first picked it up? My G&L's cherryburst. Still kind of does.

    Like, hey, man, is it red? Or is it orange?
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  20. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    This is my Magnificent 7, Fender calls it 3TSB...
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