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In Pelham Blue, what does 'Pelham' stands for?

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Hi everyone!

I've seen an announce about new Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Les Paul in Pelham Blue color. The color is used with other models from time to time, and I'm wondering what 'Pelham' stands for?


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I've often wondered the same thing.

A Pelham is a horse bit - but I doubt that has anything to do with it.

There are a few towns called Pelham, notably in New York and New Hampshire, but I have no idea if that could be the origin of the number, as I've never heard of an association with either of those towns with the color blue.

Fender has Lake Placid Blue which at least has a water reference.

I googled it and this is the best I could find (from :

In the early sixties Gibson offered many colors which seemed to echo the colors of Fender. One such color is Pelham Blue. It is lighter than Fender's Lake Placid Blue and is a metallic derived from the 1960 Cadillac color of the same name. As with all metallic colors spray the first coats very lightly and clear coat to complete.

And after googling the car, I found this:

Which leads us to the next question, why was the Cadillac color called Pelham Blue?

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Thanks, Bob! That's interesting. That Cadillac looks classic!