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Candy Apple Red, Sea Foam Green, Shoreline Gold, Fiesta Red… it’s enough to have any true guitar pervert rubbing their thighs with excitement.
In the late '50s and early '60s Fender guitars became especially beautiful, resplendent in the same Dupont paints used on Cadillac, Chevrolet and Chrysler cars. Fender guitars were designed to be practical but that didn’t mean they couldn’t look their best. Custom colours and details like matching headstocks rocketed Fender desirability into the stratosphere.
Hungry for more? This vintage fan site is a fat sandwich full of Fender facts, figures and pics while there are some cool vintage guitar photos on the Offset Guitars website too - click around here for some real eye candy! Still want more vintage guitar porn? Check out our gallery from 2010's International Vintage Show at Frankfurt Musikmesse.
As in cheesy. Californian surfing culture was cool, hip… switched on. Not that you’d get that from the ‘spawn of The Stepford Wives' vibe of '60s teen surf movies. The classic example is Beach Blanket Bingo (check the original trailer via YouTube) with teen idol Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello singing about blankets made for two. Seriously. For more shoreline-based disasters, head to SlateV's frightening rundown of The Worst Beach Movies Ever.