Lake placid Blue?? What’s going on with this color


Dr. Squier
Jun 8, 2017
Honolulu, HI
As I've said many, many times before, Fender now loves to make their current versions of the original custom colors in very faded and yellowed versions, rather than the dark hues that were in the original colors in the 60s. Here's an actual 60s LPB Strat. See how dark it is? Fender65StratLPB_L71805_18.jpg Fender65StratLPB_L71805_11.jpg bpifrbwvxbrblbexlqja.jpg
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Squier Talker
Feb 17, 2021
Miami Florida
I like the very fine metallic flake that LPB seems to have. I don’t really like big metal flake. I’m going for a darker LPB look with a little green added in, to represent Nitro clear coat aging. Thanks for all the input so far guys! Another quick question. If I post my progress step by step on this job, because I’m doing a lot more than a paint job. Should I start a new thread on it Here? Or just post it under mods? I don’t want to annoy you guys with to many threads.
It’s going to be a Bullet Mustang that I’m working on.

Reo Fendel

Squier Talker
Dec 15, 2009
Rockport, Maine
It's a GM factory paint color, there shouldn't be any confusion as to what it looks like, just like Surf Green, Shoreline Gold or Sherwood Green. They all came from automotive paint codes. No mystery.

If people call them the wrong colors in listings, there isn't much you can do about it. The color looks like the Cadillac posted above@Beenlostforyear.
Here’s 2 pics in different light angles - 1st pic left to right: CV LPB, e series 87 LPB, 2014 CV sherwood green, & 2017 CV sherwood green. The CV LPB looks closer to the Cadillac LPB. 2nd pic reversed the 87 and the CV


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Naked Strat Brat

Gold Supporting Member
Mar 27, 2022
North, Snow, UFO Ville!
Ok another question, I’m going to do a guitar repaint INSPIRED by lake placid blue. Going for more of an aged look. So little green in there with it. I’m debating on doing the color plain or a metallic or pearl. And from what iv seen from the pictures you guys have posted here some look metallic and pearl for sure, while others show no hint of flakes. I guess my question is there is no standard for this is there? But now that I think about I think we have almost established there is no standard for lake placid blue though the years lol.
You will find out no matter what, the color could be all over the place or maybe even in trhe middle of the road. Personally, just go with what YOU like as it is your guitar you will have to deal with it.

Big George

Jan 11, 2018
North Carolina
I picked up a Bullet tele several months ago in LPB, it's a darker, very rich shade I like a lot. Today I noticed from the pics in Sweetwater that the Bullet Mustang in Imperial Blue is the exact same color. Go figure!


Apr 23, 2014
Going color blind as I get older, but even before it was apparent, I had a hard time telling burgundy mist from G&L from LPB by anyone else’s.

I’ve yet to have a LPB guitar or bass stick with me, the closest was a VM PJ, but even with new pickups, didn’t sound as good as my Dimension.


I think it's a combination of the above, the effect of aging on finishes and also (in a some cases) a dash of misinformation. I have a CV50 bass that is allegedly LPB and it's closest to the Strat above but it does have a slightly "metallic" thing going on.
I went to look at a late sixties Mustang a while back which the owner claimed was the 'very rare violet version'. When I saw the guitar in person I asked if I could take some screws out of the PG and the unfaded color underneath the PG was red. The owner then began making up stories about how they sprayed them like that from the factory and I then knew it was time to leave,...


Jun 1, 2012
cuyahoga falls, ohio


Jun 29, 2015
With aging clearcoats changing and in some cases destroying that beautiful blue, I think the cheap clear poly over that typical Lake Placid blue strat most shows us what the factory gave birth to in terms of perfect interpretation of this varied color.

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