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    Axis Production Colors Throughout the Years

    What colors has the Axis come in besides the standard Amber, Natural, and Red? I'm not talking about custom colors or BFR colors...just the translucent colors on standard production models. Also, I'm only talking about the original Axis...not the Sport or Super Sport.


    More specifically, which of the Tribute colors has NEVER been a regular production color For example, amber, purple, blue, red, & natural have definitely all been production. What about green? I know black and pink have not been.

    Finally, can anyone give some insight on the production numbers of each color of the Tributes - I'm not looking for specific numbers but which one was the most rare vs. most available?

    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metropolis777 View Post
    What colors has the Axis come in besides the standard Amber, Natural, and Red? I'm not talking about custom colors or BFR colors...just the translucent colors on standard production models. Also, I'm only talking about the original Axis...not the Sport or Super Sport.


    More specifically, which of the Tribute colors has NEVER been a regular production color For example, amber, purple, blue, red, & natural have definitely all been production. What about green? I know black and pink have not been.

    Finally, can anyone give some insight on the production numbers of each color of the Tributes - I'm not looking for specific numbers but which one was the most rare vs. most available?

    Thanks for the info!
    translucent black has been produced in the past mine of 1996


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    Can't answer your Q's, but I know trans green was a production color in the late nineties/begin 2000. Furthermore, the first run of tributes were around 120 guitars. I'm sure other knuckleheads can answer your Q's.
    2003 Luke Luke Blue signed twice by Lucious
    2007 Luke LE Blue Dawn signed by Lucious

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    That answers one question....So it looks like pink is the only one that never made regular production?

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    Did you look through Jeff's pictures?



    look up one of his posts under dibart77 for an interactive pic and double click it....stories for every guitar. Not that I've read every one or anything. Well, ok.....I have.
    Last edited by Jack FFR1846; 05-10-2012 at 12:55 PM.
    7/29/04 EBMM Sub1 X11376 oil/wax neck, gloss black body, faux binding, HSS w/5 way and silent circuit
    keep in mind that you are talking about four pieces of wood two pots one switch a trem along with springs two pickups and some wire.....BP

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    I had a pink flame Axis. Sold it on eBay.

    I WANT IT BACK.

    I've never seen another.

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    I put answers after your questions below.............

    Quote Originally Posted by Metropolis777 View Post
    What colors has the Axis come in besides the standard Amber, Natural, and Red? I'm not talking about custom colors or BFR colors...just the translucent colors on standard production models. Also, I'm only talking about the original Axis...not the Sport or Super Sport.

    ### The current run of Tribute guitars are same colors produced when Axis first came about in 1996. These colors were retired for a long time, so BP brought them back for a short time.


    More specifically, which of the Tribute colors has NEVER been a regular production color For example, amber, purple, blue, red, & natural have definitely all been production. What about green? I know black and pink have not been.

    ### See above.

    Finally, can anyone give some insight on the production numbers of each color of the Tributes - I'm not looking for specific numbers but which one was the most rare vs. most available?

    ### Already been answered. There is ZERO paperwork with a Tribute. A BFR Axis comes with paperwork/Certificate.
    You sound like a Collector who is looking to make a buck. Don't bother. If you like the guitar + top, than buy it. There are over 70 Tributes on the GC Platinum website. Have a field day :-)

    If you want to collect something, than buy an EVH (if you can find one).

    Thanks for the info!
    Tommydude

    1996 Axis Amber Quilt - Artist Relations!
    1996 Axis Blue Quilt
    1997 Axis Purple Quilt
    1997 Axis Blue Quilt
    2000 Axis Honey Burst Quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommydude View Post
    You sound like a Collector who is looking to make a buck. Don't bother. If you like the guitar + top, than buy it. There are over 70 Tributes on the GC Platinum website. Have a field day :-)
    Definitely not a collector. Just trying to make a decision between a trans green & trans black one that are identical in sound and play to me. At this point, I'm probably gonna flip a coin.

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    Trans Green was never a regular production color on the Axis. We did a limited run of Trans Emerald Green in 2000 for 100 guitars. Those were painted not hand stained. Trans Black and Trans Pink were both regular production colors for the Axis from 1996-1998 while we were still hand staining the guitars. Around this time we started to discontinue a few of the other original colors(trans Purple) and started adding others such as Trans Orange and solid colors like Pearl Lavender, Fire Engine Red MetalFlake Brown and Green.

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    Thank you Derek!

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    Trans Green was never a regular production color on the Axis. We did a limited run of Trans Emerald Green in 2000 for 100 guitars. Those were painted not hand stained. Trans Black and Trans Pink were both regular production colors for the Axis from 1996-1998 while we were still hand staining the guitars. Around this time we started to discontinue a few of the other original colors(trans Purple) and started adding others such as Trans Orange and solid colors like Pearl Lavender, Fire Engine Red MetalFlake Brown and Green.
    Tommydude

    1996 Axis Amber Quilt - Artist Relations!
    1996 Axis Blue Quilt
    1997 Axis Purple Quilt
    1997 Axis Blue Quilt
    2000 Axis Honey Burst Quilt

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    Thanks for the clarification Derek!

    This just made the decision even harder hahaha! Now where's that coin at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metropolis777
    Thanks for the clarification Derek!

    This just made the decision even harder hahaha! Now where's that coin at?
    If I were that close on deciding I would get trans green. If all things are equal, it's going to stand out more than trans black at first sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    Trans Green was never a regular production color on the Axis. We did a limited run of Trans Emerald Green in 2000 for 100 guitars. Those were painted not hand stained. Trans Black and Trans Pink were both regular production colors for the Axis from 1996-1998 while we were still hand staining the guitars. Around this time we started to discontinue a few of the other original colors(trans Purple) and started adding others such as Trans Orange and solid colors like Pearl Lavender, Fire Engine Red MetalFlake Brown and Green.

    More reason for me to keep my trans green Axis.

    Derek, I do have a question. Why did you move away from hand staining the Axis?
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    Trans Gold Axis- Flame (DOB 12.13.1996)
    Trans Green Axis Sport (DOB 12.02.1997)
    Trans Green Axis- Quilt (DOB 03.14.2000)
    Black HH Albert Lee (DOB 12.01.2009)
    Honey Roasted Axis - Quilt (DOB 09.20.2012)
    White HSS Silo Spec (DOB 02.03.2014)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratty316 View Post
    More reason for me to keep my trans green Axis.
    And makes me feel even better about my recent acquisition of one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    If I were that close on deciding I would get trans green. If all things are equal, it's going to stand out more than trans black at first sight.
    I ended up getting the trans black one because it had so much more figure in the birdseye neck and it didn't require a return trip to Dallas. I'll get some of my own photos up later but here's a pic from the GC website:

    Axis Production Colors Throughout the Years-_cfimg-8265020150513065594-jpg

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