Vintage Fender Colours

Fender 1960's Guitar Coloursicontexto-webdev-social-bookmark-091Just a quickie..I found Curtis Novak’s  great site with a wonderful pictorial view of vintage Fender colours.

Even if you aren’t interested in the colours, it’s worth having a look for the lovely photography.

In Curtis’ own words…

These are pictures of my sample blocks of Fender 60’s colors. I attempted to create as accurate as possible a representation of the colors Fender used in the 60’s. I used Dupont paint and the colors are mixed from the NOS Dupont paint mix numbers. They are cleared with Nitrocellulose Lacquer.

I have photographed my sample blocks in a way that attempts to show the dynamics of a given color rather than just a flat thumbnail image. I feel this better represents the color. I am still working at making the colors more accurate. Keep in mind that I am doing this and testing it on a few dozen different computers and they are rather consistent, but the color may very depending on your display and video card.

Fender 1960’s Custom Colours

3 replies on “Vintage Fender Colours”


I just found your web site looking on Google for a color listing for Fender guitars from the 1960’s.

I have a really great swamp ash 1960’s body I got from BHefner. I want to paint it a bright red color very similar to Fiesta Red. I noticed a custom Strat that was painted “Hot Rod red”. I haven’t seen anyone that has that color listed. Do you know this color?

I want a color similar to Fiesta Red with the bright red and and the orange that shows. Kind of like a bright Red/Orange with the emphasis on the red.

Didn’t mean to write a book ………… haha

Can you help me find out about the color and/or where I could get it?

Your web site is really, really great.



Hi Gary, thanks for the kind words about the site..tell all your friends!
Hot Rod red appears to be a genuine later Fender custom colour…take a look at this article for info on all the Fender shades of red.