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Thinking about taking the plunge. Refinishing my Strat?

Theorist

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There was another thread recently about a rosewood fretboard Strat, Mine is similar, but about a maple one...

I’ve recently bought a Lonestar Strat that I really like, except the color.

It is an interesting color, Ocean Turquoise, but I’m not much of a green person, so I’m thinking about finishing it in tungsten or pewter and putting a black guard and black plastic all around like this one:


She is currently like this:

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I’m not sweating over resale value, nor do I live somewhere where there is plenty of guitars for me to choose another one. IMO it’s gonna look killer.

What would be your favorite color for a Strat like this?
 

fjrabon

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There was another thread recently about a rosewood fretboard Strat, Mine is similar, but about a maple one...

I’ve recently bought a Lonestar Strat that I really like, except the color.

It is an interesting color, Ocean Turquoise, but I’m not much of a green person, so I’m thinking about finishing it in tungsten or pewter and putting a black guard and black plastic all around like this one:


She is currently like this:

View media item 157148
I’m not sweating over resale value, nor do I live somewhere where there is plenty of guitars for me to choose another one. IMO it’s gonna look killer.

What would be your favorite color for a Strat like this?
For some reason on HSS Strats I’ve always preferred black with a black pickguard. Standard Strats I prefer Olympic white with a mint green guard.
 

TVa

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I think the Ocean Turquoise with the white (cream? mint?) pick guard looks better because it's a maple board guitar. I feel like the pewter/black would look better with a rosewood board. If you play for a certain type of audience, your changes could make a lot of sense though.
 

Tootone

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Check the Serial Number on the guitar to get its age.

It looks to me like a 90's or very early 00's model.

That means its likely to have veneer top and back (used by Fender to speed up painting time).

Stripping it back is going to introduce a whole raft of new issues.

FWIW... Ocean Turquoise is cool, and guitar looks cool as is..
 

Prince

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I am also planning on refinishing an HSS Alvarez Strat-style axe. It's Alder and had a sunburst finish that I have 90% stripped off. I'm planning on doing something in the gray/silver or green or blue families. I just refinished a Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas with Tru-Oil so I've caught the fever.

Who are y'all liking for finishing supplies? So far I've found these vendors/brands:
Aerosols:
-ReRanch (good reputation, classic colors)
-Colortone (good reputation, slightly limited colors)
-Behlen/Mohawk (limited colors)
-Gracey's (wide selection of colors, but I haven't heard much about these folks)

Stains:
-Wudtone

Any nitrocellulose not marketed specifically for instruments? Any automotive brands?
 

VintagePlayerStrat

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I know how you feel about those bolder colors on a Strat. I'm a fan of them myself.

But honestly, that OT is a great color with the maple board and mint green guard. I think if you had a cream colored bucker on that guitar, it would look even better. Or, a single coil, even better than better. : )
 

Bossanova

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There was another thread recently about a rosewood fretboard Strat, Mine is similar, but about a maple one...

I’ve recently bought a Lonestar Strat that I really like, except the color.

It is an interesting color, Ocean Turquoise, but I’m not much of a green person, so I’m thinking about finishing it in tungsten or pewter and putting a black guard and black plastic all around like this one:


She is currently like this:

View media item 157148
I’m not sweating over resale value, nor do I live somewhere where there is plenty of guitars for me to choose another one. IMO it’s gonna look killer.

What would be your favorite color for a Strat like this?
I wouldn’t ever refinish a bolt-on. You can get a whole new body (probably even lighter than yours) finished in whatever color you want and just swap them out.

When it’s time to sell, just swap back.
 

Theorist

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Man that look shape as-is!
Once that color ages a bit and you play that guitar it will look even better. I would leave it as is but that is me.
You guys are making me question myself and regret ordering the black guard from WD. After I posted this the guitar is looking better then ever.

I wouldn’t ever refinish a bolt-on. You can get a whole new body (probably even lighter than yours) finished in whatever color you want and just swap them out.

When it’s time to sell, just swap back.
That’s a route I might consider...
 

toomanyamps

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There was another thread recently about a rosewood fretboard Strat, Mine is similar, but about a maple one...

I’ve recently bought a Lonestar Strat that I really like, except the color.

It is an interesting color, Ocean Turquoise, but I’m not much of a green person, so I’m thinking about finishing it in tungsten or pewter and putting a black guard and black plastic all around like this one:


She is currently like this:

View media item 157148
I’m not sweating over resale value, nor do I live somewhere where there is plenty of guitars for me to choose another one. IMO it’s gonna look killer.

What would be your favorite color for a Strat like this?
For that guitar I would either change the plastics to black, or the humbucker to white.
If you really want to change the color buy a new body. Stripping a poly Fender is not a road I would go down.
 

Milkman

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Stripping a Strat body takes a few hours. It's no big deal. Fill your boots. It's a fun project and you can end up with something unique.

If you can get past the (in my opinion) false assumption that a thin nitro finish somehow allows a guitar to.....breathe?, applying a poly coat over your chosen colour is also not all that tricky.
 

SciFlyer

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I would also leave that guitar as-is. Great color. Maybe the humbucker would look better matching the other pickups.
 




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