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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Mex Strat plastic ageing question

Stratopastor

Stockton-on-Tees

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Aug 23rd, 2018 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not a fan of relic'ing but I do think a guitar looks cool when it ages. I bought my MIM Strat (white pickguard, white pup covers) in 2003. I expected the pup cover to go brown-ish... eventually. It turns out they're hardly changing, but the pickguard has gone from white to a colour I can best describe as "do you think this cream is still OK to use?"

Anyone else had this effect?

(Before anyone asks, no, I haven't just been sitting here watching the thing for 15 years. I have also been watching paint dry and glasses of water regain room temperature.)

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Aug 23rd, 2018 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Might wanna keep your eye on that growing grass, too.

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Aug 23rd, 2018 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Doesn't it take sunlight to acheive that? (-;

Stratopastor

Stockton-on-Tees

now even awesomer
Aug 24th, 2018 02:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hah ha, very good.

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VA

Aug 24th, 2018 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

(-:

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The man

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Aug 29th, 2018 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

The difference is due to the plastic formula used in the pickguard being different from that of the pickup covers.

A great option to get away from that stark white ABS on the pickups is to swap them out for parchment-colored covers. looks white all by itself, but when next to something truly white, the parch color is much mellower.

ABS doesn't take dye or stain (e.g., coffee, tea, etc.), so your options are limited there.

celius

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Ace
Aug 30th, 2018 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Have not posted on here in a while but I have a 2006 Standard and the same thing happened over the years. The pick-guard has aged from white to a much darker aged look while the pup guards still look new. Looks funky, like I just put in new pups, but I like it; I would put in aged pup covers before changing out the guard. Must be something like Peegoo said.

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Head down, ears back

Headed for the bar
Sep 11th, 2018 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Even if it looks weird, it is how these plastics age and how they often look on real-deal old dawgs.

The plastic formulations are different and they respond differently from one another to temperature, UV, etc.

Gibson guitars also suffer the same "mismatched" color issue on plastic trim. The fingerplate and pickup rings are often made of dissimilar stuff.

Reproductions usually mimic this look.

Example here

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