This Fender Custom Shop Esquire was bought some years ago by its current owner who happens to be a talented guitar tech, and he has treated this already excellent guitar to some nice upgrades.
If you buy a Custom Shop Esquire you will find that under the pickguard there is already a factory rout for a neck pickup. So by simply adding a sweet sounding Seymour Duncan Antiquity neck pickup and the appropriate pickguard, this Esquire has been transformed into full Tele specs.
At this time the “wooly sound” capacitor was removed from the circuit. This is included in the case along with the original white Esquire pickguard should a new owner like to return it to standard.
Being a ’59 reissue, the standard bridge was a Toploader – ie the strings enter fro the rear of the bridge rather than through the body like a regular Tele / Esquire. The original bridge is in the case too, and the guitar now features a genuine Fender USA string-through bridge. The installation job is clean and straight.
Premium one piece ash body
Translucent White Blonde finish
Light relic treatment
Vintage Tele single-coil bridge pickup
Duncan Antiquity Tele neck pickup
1-piece maple neck with late ’50s C profile
21 medium vintage style frets
Vintage-style Tele bridge
Volume, tone controls
1-ply parchment pickguard
Custom-wired 3-position blade switch
Fender Custom Shop Certificate of Authentication
Weight is 8.4 lbs
This one features a beautiful translucent white nitro finish which allows the fabulous grain of the one piece ash body to show through. And it features tasteful light relic treatment that gives it the look and feel of a true vintage guitar.
It is one of the better Custom Shop models we have listed at PREMIER GUITARS. It is a comfortable midweight but very resonant acoustically, and these pickups sound great separately and together – spanky & bright as expected, but with some thick midrange that really adds body to the tone.
Comes in its original Fender tweed hard shell case with case candy including vintage leather strap (not pictured), ashtray bridge cover & Certificate Of Authenticity.