Esquires are undeniably cool! First introduced in 1950, it had several reiterations and became highly coveted brother of the much more popular Telecaster. Last year the model celebrated it's 70th birthday.
Guitar for sale has all the vintage vibe of an old-school "Blackguard" Esquire and a very comfortable U-shape neck, that doesn't feel huge unlike so many other 52 Teles. Beautiful honey amber nitrocellulose lacquer has deep 3D effect to it and has already started to exhibit cool crackling and patina on the fretboard and headstock. Applied "over-the-lacquer" in the true vintage fashion headstock decal has a couple of crooked letters, neck heel has some lacquer peeling, otherwise stunning condition. Frets got a pro fret stoning, so these have no wear and shine nicely. Unbleached bone nut adds vintage vibe and resonance, Kluson tuners are stable and reliable.
Very resonant premium swamp ash body has classic Butterscotch Blonde nitrocellulose finish, that looks absolutely beautiful. This originally came from a American Vintage 52 Telecaster Hot Rod model with an enlarged neck humbucker pickup cavity, previous owner also had a middle pickup installed at some point. All extra routing is now neatly covered with the pickguard, perfect for smugglers of any kind :) Body has small dents and dings here and there - vintage nitro lacquer is quite fragile - but nothing too dramatic.
Classic Fender "Pat Pend" 3-saddle bridge provides with great sustain thanks to the strings-through-body construction, classic 1950s style brass saddles give nice warm tone and thanks to their compensated design the intonation is pretty spot on as well.
The voice of this Esquire is ruthless and bold, thanks to one stunning ToneRider TRT-2 Hot Classics Alnico III pickup. Fantastic responsiveness to the pick attack, very punchy tonal palette with plenty of tasty overtones, this can drive any tube amp into heaven. The range on the volume knob is very useful as well, helping to clear the sound without losing any character.
This Esquire has the so-called Modded Eldred Wiring, that provides 3 sounds via the classic 3-way blade switch. Position 1 (closest to the neck) send the signal through a special Mullard Mustard capacitor from the early 1960s, that gives the pickup a very "cocked wah" kind of sound, with plenty of grit and rumble. Volume pot is still active, but the Tone pot is out of the circuit in this position.
Position 2 (middle) gives the classic Tele bridge sound with both Volume and Tone pot active, treble roll off here is provided by a smooth Orange Drop capacitor.
Position 3 (closest to the bridge) is the most powerful of all, with the pickup bypassing both pots and going straight into the output for raw unadulterated pickup sound.
The main idea with this custom wiring is to use position 1 for more characterful tones, pre-set the volume and tone in position 2 and use position 3 like a natural clean boost for lead playing.
This guitar comes with a Fender American Standard ABS moulded hardcase in great condition and with TSA-approved locks. Among the accessories you will find a black strap, vintage style O-ring rubber strap locks, infamous ashtray bridge cover and Fender owner's manual.
This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body clean, body polish, neck deep clean, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.
This guitar will be shipped around UK with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided for UK customers. Worldwide shipping provided as well, but please get in touch regarding EU shipping.
Fender Esquire - 52 American Vintage Reissue - USA - Butterscotch (2008)
MODEL: Fender American Vintage 52 Telecaster Esquire conversion
COLOUR: Butterscotch Blonde, "thin skin" nitrocellulose finish
PICKGUARD: 1-ply black
NECK: 2008 Fender American Vintage 52 Telecaster U-shape maple neck, nitrocellulose finish, over-the-lacquer vintage style decal
FRETBOARD: Maple, 7,25-inch radius, honey amber gloss nitro lacquer
FRETS: 21 vintage frets with no wear
NUT: unbleached bone
NUT WIDTH: 42.4 mm
NECK WIDTH: 1st fret - 22.4 mm; 12th fret - 24.3 mm
TUNERS: Kluson vintage style slotted tuners, chrome finish
BODY: 2008 Fender American Vintage Hot Rod premium swamp ash, modified HSS body routing
TOTAL WEIGHT: 3,5 kg
BRIDGE: Fender Pat Pend bridge, brass saddles with compensated design for spot-on intonation, strings-through-body anchoring
WEAR: several small dings and scratches on the body, but all purely cosmetic; nitro lacquer wear at the neck heel and lacquer patina on the fretboard and headstock, decal wear
PICKUP: ToneRider Vintage Plus TRT-2 Hot Classic alnico III pickup, brass underplate, grey bobbin, cloth wiring, 9.2k output
WIRING: Vintage cloth wiring, USA Oak Grisby 3-way switch, CTS USA A250K "dimple" vintage style pots, Orange Drop capacitor in the Tone circuit, vintage 1960s Mullard Mustard capacitor for the "dark" position, Electrosocket output jack mount
KNOBS: 50s style domed knobs, chrome finish
HARDCASE: Fender USA American Standard ABS Moulded case with TSA locks
ACCESSORIES: black guitar strap, vintage style rubber O-ring strap locks, ashtray bridge cover, Fender's owner's manual
Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference and we cannot give any guarantees. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.
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