What's Your Favorite Finish?

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  1. chucke99

    chucke99 Member

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    I asked this question over in the Ibanez Collectors World forum and there was much good discussion. Thought I'd give it a try over here. Personally, I'm a sucker for a good "Antique Violin" finish (in Ibanez terms) but you may call it a Tobacco Sunburst or something else similar. Here's a picture of my four Ibanez Artist ladies, each with its own unique character of AV finish. (The one to the far right, a model 2618 solid body, is a refinish I did myself.)

    On a technical note, these are all vintage 1978/1979 Ibanez Artist guitars, and, from left to right, are the 2629, 2630, 2619 and 2618 models. Each has pearloid velvetune tuners, Flying Fingers Super 80 pickups, a gibraltar bridge and original suregrip type 1 knobs. The 2630 has one tri-sound pickup in the neck, and the 2619 has two tri-sounds. The 2629 has chrome hardware and the rest are gold:

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    And before somebody asks, yes, they still make "Tab" soda.
     
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    I've always liked Strats with the "girlie" pastel finishes: sonic and daphne blue, seafoam and surf green, shell pink, vintage white.
     
  3. jazzandmetal?

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    Me too. Daphne blue and Shell Pink are 2 of my favorites.

    I also like Black and Natural finishes.
     
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    at the same time she does.



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  5. Steven

    Steven Member

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    I just bought a sparkle red tele body with gold flames from TDLGuitars:

    http://www.tdlguitars.com/

    Its the most stunnig finish job I´ve ever seen.
     
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    +1 on the TDL stuff. The bigger the metal flakes in the sparkle, the more I like it.
     
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    Based on what finish is on my guitars, my favorites are tied at tobacco sunburst and white.

    But I've never really thought of any finish as a favorite. If a finish looks "right" (to me) on the guitar, I'll like it about as evenly as any other. About the only finish I don't like is green. You know, green green. I like all kinds of green finishes, sherwood, surf, seafoam, etc. I just can't stand plain green, especially not any bright green.
     
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    I always love tobacco burst, 2,3 tone burst colours.
     
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    Strat: Olympic white
    Les Paul: Lemonburst with flame top, or Goldtop
    Shredder: Natural finish. Or if using a quilt/flame top, Warmoth's Caribbean burst:
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  10. Ray Gianelli

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    I was never much of a sunburst guy until I bought an American Deluxe V neck Strat. The 2 tone burst on that is just gorgeous!

    Other than that solid black, red, white or blue.
     
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    I love the Gibson Goldtop look and on Strat's & Tele's I like Olympic White. Now after saying that, my main guitar is a Black Les Paul Custom.
     
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    Metallic colors like Sherwood Green, IBM, Shoreline Gold, Firmist Silver/gold, LPB, Ocean T, for Jazzmasters and Jaguars. (Especially with a tort or gold anodized pickguard)
     
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    I love Gold Metalflake...why I have two of 'em. lol

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    I'd have to say I lean towards old schol finishes ie... tri-burst, white or black finishes.
     
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    Chuck, I'm with you.

    Instruments made out of wood should bascially be in the color that nature intended them to be ... or very close.

    I hate blue or green guitars ,... especially acoustic ones.
     
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    I like white blonde, butterscotch, goldtop, and almost all of the Fender custom colors. Metalflake, metalics, and two-color sunbursts are great, too.

    The only finishes I don't care for are bright neon, and clear dye type finishes. Clear green or blue does nothing for me, especially on a Strat or Tele.

    I guess I have a taste for the classics. Anything that Gibson or Fender did before 1970 is pretty cool in my book.
     
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    i have fallen in love my friends, The collings black with the white grain filler, and the gibson tv white with the black grain filler.

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    YES!
     
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