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My color combination of choice is a correct daphne blue with cream pickguard.
I’ve always wanted a daphne blue instrument, I find that colour very subtle, elegant and classic, but for some reason daphne blue instruments are very hard to come by. I’ve also quickly learned that it’s a shade of color that changes though the years and can fade to an almost seafoam green tint, so a bit of research went into that; Matteo and I both agreed that the best pickguard colour to go with it had to be vintage cream as it complements the whole vintage vibe quite nicely.
This is also quite interesting:
Yesterday night I was having a conversation with my pal Pat Harrington who lives in California. He’s an incredible bassist, a wildlife conservationist and a hard core Rush fan. My kinda guy. Well, he loves his cars and told me more about the much coveted Daphne Blue tint.
It first appeared as a color option on the ’58 Cadillac!
Story goes that Leo Fender would just pick the colours from the DuPont chip charts of the day so that they’d be consistent and, well, very cheap. Fender offered it as a colour option only from 1960 to 1965.
So, my baby is going to be the colour of a vintage car. And yes, it’s relic’d. Heavily.
The relicing of modern instruments is a delicate topic and never fails to heavily polarize opinions. Some think it’s a cool look and some others loathe it on the grounds of purism and age coherence.
I personally find that an instrument needs to inspire the player to pick it up and make music with it and if a fake antique look does the trick (and in my case it does indeed), well, then let it be.
Furthermore, guitar based music of any genre (rock, pop, blues, r ‘n b, etc..) is rapidly becoming a nostalgia business.
A quick look into the charts reveals how little mainstream music is being made with traditional post 50s string instruments. I know I harbour quite an unpopular point of view but I truly believe that with the advent of the latest music making technologies, the electric guitar (or the electric bass) is rapidly becoming the new violin if you know what I mean. Sorry for the digression, that’ll have to be material for a new post on my blog.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s my perception that a lot of what I play on nowadays draws so much from the tradition of pop and rock music, that my instrument needs to reflect that.
It’s either that or I’m just getting old and grumpy and crave for a more conservative design.
Take a look at how Matteo masterfully aged the hardware.
Last but not least take a good look at that sweet flame maple neck that show off the signature Rufini Guitars fret markers.
Man I can’t wait…