*These pickguards are custom made when ordered and will be shipped with your custom T-68 Order when ready. Leadtime should be expected.
This finish is extremely rare to come across.Especially ones that are made using correct paisley foil paper. This post CBS take over finish was a debuted in summer of 1968. It was an attempt to create bright colourful finishes that caught the eye of the generation. Like many of Fenders creations it was a total fail until later years.
Originally called "Red Paisley" due to its more Reddish Pink it was available for 279.50. They were only made for two years because of their lack of popularity and problems they had over the finishing process.
They used foil cling paper from the Borden Chemical Company, burst the edges with a Pinkish Red and cleared the entire guitar.
There were apparently around 200ish of these made between 68-69. This leaves finding them intact difficult.
Bill Crook would be considered the King of replicating Paisley Finishes to us and we've learned a lot from him. As you can see from pictures the guitars all aged quite differently. How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go? Some often appeared gold and yellowish /brown. Or extreme yellowing has been a big factor. Years go into getting these finishes correct and understanding why they do what they do. As well as using the correct paper and not vinyl.
The modern paisley guitars feature a vinyl self stick printed sheet that is caked in a poly finish. We have taken apart several of these (mostly Black Paisley) to uncover the new process and it is quite messy.
Ours are made with authentic Paisley Foil Paper. The edges are then finished in our Paisley finishing process, cleared and aged in the package of your choice. If you love the Original Paisley finishes you'll love these. Fender's finishes today although great are more of a pinkish/purple compared to the originals.
We can use pictures of vintage paisley finishes sent to us to replicate original guitars. If new toners or shaders must be made additional charges will apply.
Each Body is 2 piece select Alder
Standard T-68 4 screw 2-3/16" neck pocket
Standard T-68 pickup routes
Standard T-68 control route
Standard 7/8" output jack drilled
Drilled for 4 screw ashtray bridge
Milled for standard surface mount ferrules
1/8" round over top and back
Timeline 20 Weeks for custom Paisley parts.