Can you guess Fender's 3 most popular guitar finishes?

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Surf Green, Candy Apple Red, Lake Placid Blue… We all have our favourite Fender finishes, but the legendary American guitar co has just let slip its biggest-selling colours of recent years.

The news was delivered via an email mailout, but we thought it best to let you in on the info to stir up a little debate.

So, without further ado, the most popular finishes are…

1. Sunburst

Pictured: Fender American Elite Telecaster

2. White-on-white

Pictured: Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster

3. All-black

Pictured: Fender Ltd Ed American Vintage '70s Hardtail Stratocaster

There you have it. At first glance, this makes us appear a very conservative bunch - we don't even want different-coloured scratchplates on our white and black models.

But, of course, this could be a self-fulfilling prophecy: is it simply the case that Fender makes more of these guitars than any others, and therefore sell more?

Or do we consciously avoid 'statement' finishes to stick with tried-and-tested, all-purpose looks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.