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By dipping the alder bodies in a yellow stain first, instead of spraying yellow lacquer, there is one less step of lacquer to mix, spray, and dry.
Fender guitars with an “F” logo plate like the one pictured below were manufactured between 19 as long as the plate is original to the guitar.
That is why the red and yellow now looks much different on late 1964 and later Fenders.
This new whitish-yellow bleeds through the translucent red making it more orangish.
The sealers Fender used including Fullerplast was clear, not yellow.
The yellow seen in the unpainted portions of a 1956 and later Alder body is actually a stain or dye applied under the sealer coat. The Alder bodies are dipped in a vat of yellow stain/dye.