My candy tangerine Esquire

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Stefan, May 18, 2019.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    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!
  2. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Nice job, Stefan ! :cool::cool::cool:

    One day, I'll built an (Lefty :rolleyes:) Esquire à la Steve Cropper to play "Green Onions" :


    Last edited: May 18, 2019
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  3. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Looks cool,looking forward to the sound clip!
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  4. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Very nice!
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats man. Now that's a Tele!
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Real nice . Congrats and enjoy
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  7. stiv

    stiv Synchromatic

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    A thing of beauty.
    Not a Tele lover, but this will do it for me.
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  8. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Very nice, and I'm really loving the tangerine
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  9. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    It looks great. I think you’re trying to inspire others to do a build of their own.
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  10. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Very groovy!
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  11. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Gorgeous! Congrats!!
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  12. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Back in the old days, all country and rock and roll was played with a tele. Something about that twang that you not get with a steel. Telecasters are easy to play and work on and a great mod platform. Yours is a great looking looker and I bet it sounds great too.
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  13. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Oh man, friggin lovely!
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  14. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Stefan, that Broadcaster is gorgeous, and the specs look perfect, too. Congrats on a fabulous guitar!
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  15. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Looks great. Is it the picture, or is one of the saddles made from a different material?
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  16. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    E/A is Aluminium, the rest are made of brass.
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  17. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Very cool! Great idea for a bridge only guitar. I now see that you state this in the OP.
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  18. DennisC

    DennisC Gretschie

    May 11, 2017
    Very nice!

    Hm ... position 3 ... that's using the orange capacitor as non-adjustable tone, right? What was it ... like, 3 to 4 nF or something?

    ... maybe a smaller capacity ... or a resistor in line with it ... could cure this - I guess so. I'd try out a few caps, take the first one that does too much and try with a trim-pot ranging to 50 kOhm ... wouldn't be historically correct, but still close to - and if it makes position 3 more usable, I guess it's worth it. But, anyway, it may also just require a bit of playing with it, maybe as 2nd or 3rd track on multitrack-rhythm-stuff.

    But ... to be honest, I spent a lot of time in making tone-pots working to my desire and still hardly use them - the less they do, the more I like them ... like adjusting twang instead of killing it - removing all treble is better if done outside the guitar ... tone control devices inside have to match the other parts of the circuit to make them more adjusting than removing ... removing is easily done and don't need to match anything, can be identical for all guitars (and therefore shouldn't waste a knob on the guitar - every knob or switch has to be useful and usable).

    Anyway, that's come out nice as expected! A bit of pedantism spent on something worth it won't do any wrong whatsoever, but it's what seperates good stuff from great stuff.
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  19. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Well doggone it.......I can’t find a single thing I don’t like about this. Great work! You have given me Esquire GAS. Thanks a lot. Lol
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  20. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    It‘s a bit of guitar nirvana ;)
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