'50s Esquire Electric Guitar 2-Tone Sunburst, Maple Fretboard 889406767010

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The Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar is the electric guitar that started it all. Originally released in 1950, it was Leo Fender's first marketed design. The single-pickup precursor to the Telecaste... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar is the electric guitar that started it all. Originally released in 1950, it was Leo Fender's first marketed design. The single-pickup precursor to the Telecaster, the Esquire features an ash body, maple neck, vintage-style bridge with steel saddles, volume, tone, and a 3-way quick tone-change switch.

3-way switching
The 3-way toggle switch gives you 3 preset tones. In the bridge position the pickup is only connected to the volume control (the tone control is disconnected). This minimal circuitry provides more top-end sparkle than a Telecaster. In the middle position the standard tone control circuit is activated and it functions just like any other tone control. In the neck position the tone control is disengaged, but a tone-shaping capacitor is added that rolls off a lot of the top end and some of the bottom. This setting produces darker tone along with slightly less volume.

Includes a gig bag.

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Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Ash
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C standard
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Fret size: Vintage-style
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.62" (41.3mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: S
  • Neck: Not applicable
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Vintage-style single-coil Tele
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: 3-position master tone switch
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Separate volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: Not applicable
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 3-saddle vintage-style
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Versatile electronics
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Mexico
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Fender'50s Esquire Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fender Esquire

Don't let this Hot Rod slip by ya. Although it has just one pickup in the traditional bridge position, you can pull off alot of tones with it. I have had the opportunity...Read complete review

Don't let this Hot Rod slip by ya. Although it has just one pickup in the traditional bridge position, you can pull off alot of tones with it. I have had the opportunity to play the Esquire at guitar center in Flint, Mi. And Elderly's in lansing and was blown away. The 3 way selector has usefull tones wired in. All the way back is wide open, middle position adds treble, forward position a softer darker tone. Many pro's have used the esquire for years. Jeff beck, Bruce Springstine, ect. it rocks. Don't let its simplicity fool you. I will be buying the sunburst with maple neck soon. hopefully the black one too !!!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very loud low E string

The low E string has a booming sound which I don't like. The rest of the strings are ok.

The low E string has a booming sound which I don't like. The rest of the strings are ok.

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3.0

Very loud low E string

By JoeO

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Neck Is Narrow

Cons

  • Frets Seem High
  • Low E String Is Too Loud

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

The low E string has a booming sound which I don't like. The rest of the strings are ok.

 
5.0

The original

By Reverend Mark

from Burlington, Ct

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great all around guitar

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    After properly setting up guitar I am very happy. This guitar will happily conquer any music style you throw it at, & if you do happen to throw it ? It'll likely still be in tune when you pick it back up

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    50's cool!

    By Jamie

    from Mendocino California

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    When I was a kid of 6 or 7 my Dad gave me my first electric guitar and amp He had just played the grand ole opry and bought a new Tele and A twin Reverb that was 1963 ....Yeah i'm an old rocker!,...So the rig he gave me was his old blonde Esquire and a tweed bassman. Now I would love to tell you that I still have that rig,.. but thats another tale for another time. Nostalgia got the better of me a while back and I ordered the blonde /maple esquire from G.C. I was playing a bobfest ie "Dylan" tour and that guitar was nothing short of sweet right out of the box, I grabbed my peterson strobe and plugged in and the intonation was almost perfect, the set up was fine for me and my left hand as well, plugged into my kendrick Badassman and was surprised at the bite this little rascal had, The 3 position switch is a work of art in its own and while the middle position gets the most work Both the tone cut and straight in are nice assets as well, this guitar has a smaller neck radius than my other teles and Strats and thats not a bad thing just takes a little getting used to. the fit and finish are superb and I found that the frets rolled at the edges are almost as good as my USA units. The only down side is the gig bag ,but I hate all of those and at the price I wont kick too hard. After living with the Esquire for a while now It works in all my amps and has a permanent place in my tour rig. So if you dig 50's cool and tele bite,.. grab one of these little darling's and I promise you wont return it!!

    (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's a great guitar!

    By Robert Huber

    from Santa Barbara

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    Yeah, it's not a '55 but. Holy Sh#t," it plays incredibly and stays in tune. I think they use the Pleck system because the action is perfect. The blonde finish is just right too. Great sound especially with distortion. What a value!Same as the real thing.Great!
    Amazing Value!

    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    my first Fender

    By Peyote Cat-IaOWX

    from barstow ca ca

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    this is my first Fender guitar.I have owned it for 3 years now.I have grown to love this simple guitar.It arrived with a chip on the back .The thing was unplayable when it arrived.Immediately had a pro set up done.Changed nut to bone. The neck is awesome and the maple board is fast.Easy to play.Strings never break and the the thing stays in tune. Precise.The pickguard sucks. A total ugly piece of plastic which I immediately replaced.The stock saddles sucked too. The strings moved too much screwing with the string width.After getting all the bugs out...awesome guitar.It can be a screamer. a clucky twanger, a creamy jazzer or even steel like tones. I like the pick up.Just pick your spot and dial her in. Made in Mexico value with good workmanship. A little expensive in my opinion for such a simple piece of wood.

    (3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Age 59 plus

    By Tele collector

    from Rural New Hampshire

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    A Mexican Tele, which is ok,but certainly not a copy of the orgional.Mine had great neck, but had off sound. Brought to Bear Hollow to put in a Kent Armstrong pickup and rewired switch. Great now

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Saw it, played it, NEEDED it.

    By Wonderful Bully

    from Dubuque, Iowa

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    The neck is fat (which I love) and the smaller FB radius is really easy for chord work. The frets could be slightly taller for my taste, but the neck plays so well that it isn't an issue. I set this up with 11's and it plays just as easy as my Mex. standard with 10's. The body is very light weight and resonant. I did put compensated saddles on it to help the intonation. The electronics are great. The factory pickup is fairly low output (which I prefer) and the volume and tone controls seem to have a wider smoother range than any other guitar I own or have owned (which is well over 20). Oh and I absolutely love the blonde finish.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Twang Approved

    By spudster

    from Mesa, AZ

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    My '89 Standard Telecaster was stolen last year and I just purchased this Mexican made Esquire a month ago. I am in love with this guitar! The workmanship is very good and the transparent white finish stands out from other run-of-the-mill Fender colors. The stock pickup isn't bad, but I ordered a Rio Grande Tallboy p/u for a little more punch. Now it kicks on everything from country to hard rock. I think the Esquire is a superior guitar to the Telecaster. The three way tone switch gives you most of the tonal colors you need, and I always though that neck pickup on the Telecaster was a useless appendage. I never used the neck pickup on my old Tele. I like this arrangement much better, and it also makes the Esquire alot lighter. My only complaint is the price. It's a bit much for a single-pickup guitar.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simplicity at its best!

    By Esquire4215

    from White Lake, MI

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    This is the best guitar I've ever played or owned, and I've owned many decent guitars over the 6 years I've been playing. Put it this way- I prefer this over my Rickenbacker 330. I have the White Blonde model, which I wasn't crazy about the finish at first, but it did grow on me quickly. The neck is easily the best I've experienced (I've also played the A.V.R.I. '52 Telecaster). The controls are very simple, but by no means "primitave" or "outdated". It's simple- volume and tone. What more do you need??? Everything is just fab. Amazing tone, Twangy, not ear murdering high(Many seem to believe this), the dark circuit on overdrive or fuzz sounds like no other guitar I've heard, finish shos the grain of the ash body Tuners work well, they do their job to hold tune well(remember, its similar to the telecaster; having the three saddle bridge, it's impossible to perfectly inntonate it). The inntonation ain't perfect, but it's pretty close to perfect. I did experience the typical loose Telecaster input jack- not a major problem, ahd it fixed in about five minutes or less. I run this through my Vox AC-15CC1 and my Big Muff P.i. All I can Say is WOW!!! I've owned many products over the years and have never had a problem with any of them, all they need is a decent setup and you can take them through World War Three with no problems. Very playable, easy to use, survivability is without question, many tones, great sound...

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    After Twenty-Seven years, I found my dream Fender.

    By Telecaster.Picker 124

    from Northern California

    Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

    Just getting around to posting a review...I bought this guitar back in 'o6...blond...the best Tele/Esquire I have ever played...no joke...I swapped the pickup for a Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue, a Glendale bridge with comp saddles and thats it!....perfect neck,tuners are smooth and the best part is it comes in at just over 5 lbs.Please give the Mex Esquire a chance...I have owned too many Tele's over the years....Now it's this one only...Simply put, I got the sweetest guitar I have ever owned!

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