Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Discussion of newer designs, copies and reissue offset-waist instruments.
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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by daemon » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:43 am

Not quite as exciting, but this is a Squier Strat I rescued from Goodwill the other day.

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by jagstang » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:55 am

Long time i hated CAR, but then i got a CAR squier jaguar and i loved the colour. Really love the orangey-tones.

Here are my CARs, a squier jaguar and a 73 compred mustang

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by green_mario » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:12 pm

my MIJ OCR

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by Pacafeliz » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:35 am

my '64/5 JM (used to be pinky) was also refinned by Rexter, but with a gold base.

it's my #1 really (in things of feel and sound), lives at the practice space (along with the BroncoBlaster), and the finish has worn in nicely since i got it!
these pics is when i just assembled it, freshly received from the UK.

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by unreal77 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:43 pm

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My MIJ 1996 with 62' pickups, Mastery bridge and SneakyT pickguard. Lovely.

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by i love sharin foo » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:55 pm

Not new or reissue, but I figured I may as well stick this here. I have had a lot of CAR Fenders but was never really sold on the color until I got my '64 Jaguar with an original CAR finish. All the newer ones seemed too dark to me. I had a '69 comp red Mustang at one point also which looked okay. I think this Jag has aged to be exactly what I like best.
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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by daemon » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:17 pm

Now, with more gold!
I've always wanted to do gold on red and this seemed like a good opportunity. Here it is with its once-red Affinity Strat cousin.

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by Danley » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:55 am

Danley wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:39 am
Orange-Ish CAR looks best. I really dislike the darker tones. CAR is not my favorite but can look amazing.
I go back and forth on this color so much - Had some questions about CAR in general so figured I might as well necro-bump, add some pics, and solicit more examples as I'm thinking of refinishing a Telecaster I have; I'm really curious to see if anyone is able to post specific examples of the finish with gold vs. silver as a base:
  • What is the general difference between using a gold base vs. a silver base on CAR? Which will come out darker/lighter? Which would get closest to an orange/tangerine-ish/Marr CAR?
  • Around what year did Fender switch from silver to gold as the CAR base? (Sorry if that's easy to google - I can't find it)
  • What base would have been used for my '96 MIJ below?
...And here's mine! It's ok, but a bit purple-ish in certain light and also a slight bit dark for my taste all things being equal; though it looks fairly bright and fine in these pics but it's evident in the last one:

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Here's my preference:

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by armyofbees » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:27 am

there are some beautiful guitars in this thread.. guess I'd better join the fun, too :)

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by Vibramate » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:19 am

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Saw this in a store recently and I was stunned how great it looked and played. Usually I'm not a fan of CAR but there was something magical about this guitar, with the matching headstock and all! Its MIJ and thus costs a little under a 1000 euros here in Finland.

Edit: Immediately after writing this post I realised that the previous post was the same guitar left-handed. :fp: Anyhow, a very nice looking and feeling Mustang!
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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by otis » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:54 pm

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I go back and forth on this color so much - Had some questions about CAR in general so figured I might as well necro-bump, add some pics, and solicit more examples as I'm thinking of refinishing a Telecaster I have; I'm really curious to see if anyone is able to post specific examples of the finish with gold vs. silver as a base:
  • What is the general difference between using a gold base vs. a silver base on CAR? Which will come out darker/lighter? Which would get closest to an orange/tangerine-ish/Marr CAR?
  • Around what year did Fender switch from silver to gold as the CAR base? (Sorry if that's easy to google - I can't find it)
  • What base would have been used for my '96 MIJ below?
Here's my preference:

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to answer some of your questions:
I went through a lot of CAR research when I had my Jazzmaster re-finned last year by Rexter.
From what I understood from both Jon and Maulden7, It's mostly the amount of layers of red (pigment mixed with clear) that determines the deepness of the finish. The metallic color of the undercoat has an influence as well, but this seems to be a smaller influence than I expected.
In general silver is a colder red and the red you're after will benefit from a golden undercoat. Also the metallic particles of the gold undercoat seem easier to reflect some light (dixit rexter/ since he's done quite a few in the meanwhile he'll know for sure).
The change from silver to gold was somewhere around late '64 early '65, as I remember it.
I think the MIJ have silver as a base-coat, and gold in the Old candy apple red(just a name/ not referring to an old paint recipe.
hope this helps
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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by Danley » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:59 pm

Thanks; helps :) Funny - I'm not a fan of the MIJ OCR at all really, that's about the opposite of what I want. But I understand a lighter top-coat is really what's needed.

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by welshywelsh » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:15 am

Gone now, but my modified CIJ Jag.

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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by s_mcsleazy » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:33 am

i keep forgetting to post my jagmaster here. but i also have like 0 good pics of the guitar.
until now.
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Re: Candy Apple Red appreciation thread

Post by Don B » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:33 pm

Always liked CAR. I was surprised to come on here and see negativity towards it.

This is all I have at the moment:

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