What happened to the "black" in my "Amber Black"?

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So, relatively new (to me) Ted McCarty DC 245 Soapy here. It's great... no issues, really cool guitar.

BUT... I'm intrigued. The MODCAT shows "_AK_" for the color, which is apparently "Amber Black," a color that I've seen quite frequently on these models. Most of them seem to be a typical vintage-amber burst with a very distinct fade to black right at their edge near the binding. But on mine? No black, like none. Weird, right? Where'd it go??? My only thought is that it could've been a blue-based black that has faded into oblivion..?

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If it is used, it may have gone through a refinish at some point. Even a fade, I don't think would be completely gone. There would be at least some darkness at the edges. And, if I am not mistaken, most of them have dark back sides as well.
 
As I understand it, the fade at the edges is a spray on color instead of a stain in the wood, so if the topcoat was re-done, then that part would have been removed, and perhaps they didn't like it as much so left it without the dark edge.
 
Easiest way to tell if it in fact had a Black edge or burst would be to unscrew the jack plate. If it’s Black under there then it faded (highly doubtful). If it’s the same color as the rest of the guitar then possibly , refinished long ago or just faded or wrong modecat finish designation. Miss labeled , anyway it goes it’s a beautiful guitar so score for you!
 
Yeah, I should've shared the image of the pickup cavity where I confirmed the MODCAT. Looks totally unmolested, at least from the standpoint of the original stain. (I understand the spray-coat could've been removed or changed.)

Thanks all... Simplest answer might just be that it was mis-labelled or skipped that final step during production. Truth is, if I had the option to magically add that black-burst back, I think I'd just leave it as-is anyway because it already looks classic.
 
Yeah, I should've shared the image of the pickup cavity where I confirmed the MODCAT. Looks totally unmolested, at least from the standpoint of the original stain. (I understand the spray-coat could've been removed or changed.)

Thanks all... Simplest answer might just be that it was mis-labelled or skipped that final step during production. Truth is, if I had the option to magically add that black-burst back, I think I'd just leave it as-is anyway because it already looks classic.
That is as classic as it gets! Love it….
 
This is my 2012 P22 in Amber Black. The McCarty DC245 color is probably mislabeled since I think it is unlikely the original Amber Black faded in a specific way to make it look like a McCarty burst.
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Sexy AF!
 
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