I scratched my itch, the Esquire itch

radd

Friend of Fred
Platinum Member
Dec 27, 2017
6,118
Santa Cruz
I’ve admired the beauty of that first Leo design, the Esquire for some time. It came a year before the Telecaster was born as a Broadcaster.

I’ve stopped adding guitars and I could not think of one I wanted to sell, so what to do?

Well, for a grand total of $75 for a complete Esquire wiring harness and a Fender Esquire pickguard I converted my Surf Green Tele into an Esquire.

The beauty of this, I can convert it back with about hour of work if I decide to.

Before

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After

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It looks just like the $2,000 Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire

Mine

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The 70th Anniversary, photo from the Web.

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G5422T

Country Gent
May 24, 2012
4,227
usa
I’ve admired the beauty of that first Leo design, the Esquire for some time. It came a year before the Telecaster was born as a Broadcaster.

I’ve stopped adding guitars and I could not think of one I wanted to sell, so what to do?

Well, for a grand total of $75 for a complete Esquire wiring harness and a Fender Esquire pickguard I converted my Surf Green Tele into an Esquire.

The beauty of this, I can convert it back with about hour of work if I decide to.

Before

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After

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It looks just like the $2,000 Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire

Mine

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The 70th Anniversary, photo from the Web.

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Sweet. Really looks nice.
 

Mimmo

Electromatic
Apr 6, 2016
51
Paris France
You did well!
I am little biased as I am waiting for a 70th anniversary esquire to be delivered to my door, but even if I didn't, esquires are way cool guitars!

Enjoy.
 

radd

Friend of Fred
Platinum Member
Dec 27, 2017
6,118
Santa Cruz
You did well!
I am little biased as I am waiting for a 70th anniversary esquire to be delivered to my door, but even if I didn't, esquires are way cool guitars!

Enjoy.

You must post post pics when it arrives
 

loudnlousy

Gretschified
Gold Supporting Member
Oct 18, 2015
12,734
Germany
I love it!
I am so hooked on one-pikup-guitars and this one looks incredibly elegant.
Such a simple and powerful tool.
And look at that great colour combination, man! Great guitar.
 

KelvinS1965

Gretschie
Jan 11, 2019
323
Wokingham
I put an Esquire together a couple of years back. I didn't have the space to spray at the time, so I bought a pre-finished body. Wasn't my first choice as I didn't really want an aged body, but it kind of grew on me. Sadly it was also a very heavy body, so I've disassembled it and used the parts elsewhere now, but it looked great. The fat U '51 Fender MIM neck is really chunky and I refinished it in nitro and changed the Telecaster decal to Esquire.

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Refinished headstock/neck, in aged tinted clear nitro:
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I put an Eric Clapton mid boost in mine under the pickguard and the pickup is a tapped 'Oil City Diesel' which is a 9K or 6K winding (accessed by pulling the tone knob upwards. All very stealth and gave a much wider range of sounds than a single pickup guitar has any right to have. :)

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Rather packed control route:
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jvin248

Gretschie
May 16, 2017
249
Near Detroit
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Esquires are a lot of fun. Great color and I like the all-maple neck!

Mine is a more modern take on the Esquire format, I crossed it with a Junior and run it with a 4-way switch to control individual bobbins of a hot 16kohm humbucker. This gives me an 8kohm Tele single coil that has all the regular Esquire Twang I could want.

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Try out the reverse control plate (V-T-Switch to the rear). Once I tried it I haven't gone back.

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radd

Friend of Fred
Platinum Member
Dec 27, 2017
6,118
Santa Cruz
I put an Esquire together a couple of years back. I didn't have the space to spray at the time, so I bought a pre-finished body. Wasn't my first choice as I didn't really want an aged body, but it kind of grew on me. Sadly it was also a very heavy body, so I've disassembled it and used the parts elsewhere now, but it looked great. The fat U '51 Fender MIM neck is really chunky and I refinished it in nitro and changed the Telecaster decal to Esquire.

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Refinished headstock/neck, in aged tinted clear nitro:
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I put an Eric Clapton mid boost in mine under the pickguard and the pickup is a tapped 'Oil City Diesel' which is a 9K or 6K winding (accessed by pulling the tone knob upwards. All very stealth and gave a much wider range of sounds than a single pickup guitar has any right to have. :)

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Rather packed control route:
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Stunning. I came close to going with a Butterscotch/black guard Esquire.
 


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