Magazine article Guitar Player

Encore

Magazine article Guitar Player

Encore

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Red alert! This trio of Strats provides side-by-side comparisons of Fender's three classic reds, from left: Candy Apple, Dakota, and Fiesta. "Most Fenders have an undercoat [sealer coat], then the color, then clear lacquer," explains Joe Menza, who owns the left and center guitars. "This Candy Apple finish is the cleanest I've seen. It was sprayed over a silver undercoat in '65, about the time Fender changed to gold undercoats. The gold makes for a slightly warmer red that's not quite as bright."

Dakota Red became the official name for the color on early Strats owned by Bill Carson and Pee Wee Crayton. While Fiesta has a little orange, Dakota is more of a flat, fire-engine red, perhaps a bit deeper. ("I'd call it almost a barn red or brick red," observes John Peden.) "I've seen quite a few Dakotas with rosewood boards, but never another maple," says Menza. "Most Dakotas and Candy Apples hold their color pretty well. …

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