Here she is- the 1953 Esquire Hot Rod: Gotoh SD91 tuners Callaham string retainer Tusq XL nut Musikraft neck, 3A flamed maple 9.5“ radius, medium C 6105 Jescar nickel silver frets Semirolled fretboard edges Nitro finish MJT Alder body, closet clean Bakelite pickguard, finished by Tonfuchs guitars Klein Epic Broadcaster, aged, 43ga, 8.6 k Eldred custom wiring, wired by Dirk Wacker from Premier Guitar Magazine Rutters Hot Rod Bridge, raw deal, Alu/brass/brass Rutters controlplate, raw deal Callaham slotted screws Glendale extreme fat neck plate Allparts knobs, aged by myself Total weight? I guess 6.3 lbs Pure, sweet tone This guitar sounds pure, elemental and directly. Sexy! Super transparent, sensitive and loud! Don‘t think one pickup isn‘t enough! But playin‘ an Esquire wants you to control your attack, your picking position and requires dynamic playing. To me playing an Esquire is ultimate guitar playing, reduced to your input alone. But that’s why an Esquire will sound just like you- honestly and genuine. The Klein Broadcaster sounds sweet, pristine and nasty- it‘s a typical Broadcaster pickup, loud and proud, never harsh. It’s got a great vintage Mojo. Fantastic! The guitar is very resonant, full of overtones and sustain, even unplugged. A pleasure to play- it feels worn in and sounds like an old instrument. Neck is death straight, intonation close to 100% (we‘re talking vintage saddles), no dead spots, stays perfect in tune. Nice flat string action (1.8/1.6 mms). The neck’s got a nice medium C-profile, similar to 1953‘s Tellys (0.83/0.96), fast and comfy, not too thin. Very nice, even if I need to get used to the nitro finish (silk on the back). Some impressions: Nice round edges on the nitro coated bakelite Pickguard. Never change a winning team: the good old Glendale extreme fat neck plate! Closet clean finish. The heavy checking with the desired horizontal lines looks breathtaking and authentic, a ding or two is necessary for that look and adds charisma.The color is simply beautiful and somethin‘ else. Aged Gotoh SD91. The Eldred Wiring I‘m a little bit disappointed- position 3 is completely useless for me. It sounds like you‘re playin‘ thru an old transistor radio. Maybe I need to get used to that tone, but atm it‘s, yes, useless. Position 2 runs the Pickup thru tone & volume, position 1 is just connected to the volume- very nice. Super direct, a tad louder and nastier. Nice to use as a lead guitar „preset“. There are some minor things I‘ll have to check- the Pickupscrews are too short for a correct adjustment and I‘ll have to see if I‘ll get used to the lacquered neck. The low E-string is a little bit underrepresented, I guess it‘s because of the pickup height. Nothing to worry about! I‘m happy! Thanks for watching, I‘ll place a soundfile soon!