Custom Color Fender Guitars

Custom Color Fender Guitars

The Fender Electric Instrument Company's catalogs offered standard finishes only at no additional cost until 1957. Until then, only popular artists and people with friends at the Fullerton factory were able to get a Telecaster in anything other than Blonde/Blond and a Stratocaster in Sunburst. The 1957 catalog added a new phrase that wasn't offered before, "TELECASTER AND ESQUIRE GUITARS ARE AVAILABLE IN CUSTOM COLOR FINISHES AT AN ADDITIONAL 5% COST." The catalogs didn't feature a standardized color chart until the 1961. "Black" as a custom color was always listed on the charts…Read more
1965/66 Fender Stratocaster: Fiesta Red

1965/66 Fender Stratocaster: Fiesta Red

Fender's custom color Fiesta Red was available as a catalog option from about 1960 until 1969. The color is better described as a Salmon Pink which often leads to confusion when identifying it. This Stratocaster is factory finished in Fiesta Red with a proper paint stick mark in the neck pocket. It's worn and chipped revealing a white primer coat underneath.   We are always looking for custom color vintage Fender guitars. Do you have a vintage Stratocaster you're looking to sell? I'm interested in finding one. Visit my buying page to send…Read more
Happy 4th from True Vintage Guitar!

Happy 4th from True Vintage Guitar!

Happy 4th! Here are a few vintage Fender guitars with custom color/matching headstocks: 1969 Fender Competition Mustang in Red, 1967 Fender Coronado II in Olympic White, 1962 Fender Jazzmaster in Lake Placid Blue. Have fun out there and be safe!  --TVGRead more
Vintage Fender Starcaster Guitars

Vintage Fender Starcaster Guitars

Fender debuted a totally new model for the 1976 production year: the Starcaster. Fender's brand was built upon the solid body electric guitar market but the Starcaster totally defied its previous market niche. The Starcaster featured a semi-hollow, double cutaway body with offset waist and their popular Seth Lover designed Wide Range humbuckers. The bridge was a fixed/raised Stratocaster inspired bridge with individually adjustable saddles. The headstock shape too was a modified Stratocaster shape with unique relief cut they used for an accent color. Standard colors included Sunburst, Natural and Walnut. Custom color Starcasters have…Read more
Vintage 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

Vintage 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

This vintage 1961 Fender Jazzmaster was apparently refinished at the factory in Olympic White sometime in the late 1960s or very early 1970s. The Schaller tuners were definitely added sometime later. The Jazzmaster was introduced in 1958 as Fender's top of the line electric guitar with all the innovation including proprietary single coil pickups, smooth tremolo design, offset waist body, Rosewood fretboard and rhythm channel switching. I'm always looking to buy vintage Fender guitars including the Jazzmaster. Do you have one for sale? Contact me here to send pictures and information on your…Read more
A Clean 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

A Clean 1961 Fender Jazzmaster

This 1961 Fender Jazzmaster was one of the cleanest vintage Fender guitars to ever come through the shop. The Jazzmaster was introduced in late 1958 and was intended to surpass the Stratocaster in popularity. While that never actually happened, the Jazzmaster is still an iconic design that was way beyond its time.   The Jazzmaster's proprietary offset style bridge requires a skilled technician to set dial it in correctly. Without a proper setup, Jazzmasters tend to be buzzy and don't play correctly. The pickups too were a new design that yielded a mellower tone…Read more
1966 Fender Jaguar Black with matching headstock

1966 Fender Jaguar Black with matching headstock

Here is a very exciting guitar that came through the shop this past weekend. Black is a very rare custom color for Fender Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars. Fender didn't make many black matching headstocks because the black text on the logo sticker isn't visible on a black headstock. Still, a few black matching headstocks left the factory with the Fender logo in gold and no model text. This guitar is in excellent original condition and retains all the original parts except the bridge cover. Fender manufactured these guitars with neck binding and dot fretboard markers…Read more
Coming Soon – 1970 Fender Mustang Competition Red

Coming Soon – 1970 Fender Mustang Competition Red

Coming Soon! 1970 Fender Mustang in Competition Red   This one is in excellent condition and plays like a dream. You can tell this one has been babied all its life! It comes with the original case in good condition too. I love when they come in looking like this.Read more
Vintage Guitars from 2015

Vintage Guitars from 2015

2015 has been a great year here at True Vintage Guitar. We've seen some truly rare guitars and growth in the market that indicates a promising future for guitar collectors and players. Here are some of the pieces that stick out in my mind as truly fine.     1958 Fender Bassman 5F6-A: This version is the most desirable of the Bassman circuits. Tweed Fender Bassman amps have been tough to track down for some time but especially difficult to find are the ones that haven't been ravaged from decades of use.      …Read more
1952 Fender Telecaster – barn find, refinished

1952 Fender Telecaster – barn find, refinished

  This 1952 Fender Telecaster was found in the barn after the original owner passed away. He bought it new and played it all his life. He refinished the guitar a couple of times and lost the original pickguard along the way. The original bridge has two cutouts on either sides of the saddles but we are unable to determine why. It appears that two half washers were welded to support the cutouts. It's always fun to buy vintage guitars like this. Vintage Fender electric guitars are prized for their tone and aesthetic beauty.…Read more