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    Earlier vs later (much darker) transparent Axis colors?

    So I have seen many pre-2000 Axis/EVH guitars that have faded over time. I also noticed back in 2012 that the Axis tribute models always appeared lighter and then faded too. It seems like between those times (and, in fact, ever since) the Axis transparent colors have been much darker. I have seen several dark blue/purple Axis guitars where you almost couldn't even see the figure of the top. Was this a response to the fading of the colors previously? Do these colors eventually fade also? I honestly would like my Purple Axis to fade a bit. You have to put it in bright light just to see the top.
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    1997 Ibanez RG570
    2001 Music Man Axis
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    1999 Fender Stratocaster
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    My 2007 blue is fairly dark (the pic in my profile used a lot of flash to bring out the top) and has no fading. If I recall correctly, I think the fading was related to the stain that was used on those earlier models.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

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    Correct, I have a 2000 Trans Green Axis that has a nice dark top. I believe it was about the time they switched from hand staining to spraying the finish. I am glad my green hasn't faded... but the early blue and purples look amazing in the lighter colors that have faded a bit.
    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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    Here you can see on mine...it has a nice quilted top, but it’s hidden by this SUPER dark purple transparent paint.
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    I am not slamming EBMM, just wondering why they kept such dark “transparent” colors?
    1997 Gibson Les Paul Classic
    1997 Ibanez RG570
    2001 Music Man Axis
    1993 Fender Telecaster
    1999 Fender Stratocaster
    2018 Charvel DK24

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exodus5 View Post
    I am not slamming EBMM, just wondering why they kept such dark “transparent” colors?
    Some REALLY like that deep color purple. And if you are on stage, under the lights, that would make it POP. A lighter purple might look pink on stage.
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    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    I tend to prefer the darker colors myself. It does hide a little bit of the quilt, but I'm just a darker person kind of guy.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

    http://mountainkingmusic.com
    http://spychocyco.blogspot.com

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