Fender '50s Esquire - 2-Color Sunburst No Longer Available

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 1 Single-coil Pickup - 2-color Sunburst
Item ID: Esquire50SB

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Fender '50s Esquire - 2-Color Sunburst
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Here's Your Chance to Play a Fender Legend!

The Fender '50s Esquire solidbody electric guitar takes you back to the dawn of the Fender legend! This classic guitar represents the early 1950s introduction to what would become the Telecaster line. The '50s Esquire features a distinctive single-pickup design, with a vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body bridge. Despite its one-pickup configuration, this Esquire gives you 3-way switching — you can bypass the tone controls, use them, or cut them again and engage a "dark" tone circuit for mellow tones. This guitar's comfortable C-shaped maple neck also makes the Fender '50s Esquire a joy to play.

Fender '50s Esquire Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The looks and sound of a legendary early Fender
  • You don't just play it — you play through it
  • Three-way switching from a single pickup

The looks and sound of a legendary early Fender
A true Fender classic returns! Introduced in 1950, the Esquire's unique circuitry and biting bridge pickup created a tonal sensation. It later became the weapon of choice for greats, including Jeff Beck and Bruce Springsteen, and has re-emerged time and time again in the hands of many other great players. The forerunner of the stunningly successful Telecaster, the '50s Esquire packs a ton of tone into its austere setup.

You don't just play it — you play through it
This '50s Esquire is all business in both looks and playability; plug it in and you're instantly in direct touch with your tone. The '50s Esquire features an ash body, a C-shaped maple neck, a vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body Telecaster bridge, and a vintage-style single-coil Telecaster pickup with custom-wired three-way switching.

Three-way switching from a single pickup
So, how do you get 3-way switching from a single-pickup guitar? Fender built three preset tones into the '50s Esquire's circuitry. In the bridge position, the pickup is connected only to the volume control (the tone control is disconnected); this minimal circuitry produces more top-end sparkle than is possible with a Telecaster. In the middle position, the standard tone control circuit is activated. In the neck position, the tone control is again disengaged, but a tone-shaping capacitor rolls off much of the top end and some bottom, producing a darker tone and slight volume loss.

Fender '50s Esquire Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Color: 2-color sunburst
  • Body: Ash
  • Neck: One-piece maple, C shape (gloss urethane finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25" radius
  • No. of frets: 21 vintage style
  • Pickups: One vintage-style single-coil Tele with alnico magnets (bridge)
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone
  • Pickup switching: custom-wired 3-position blade
  • Bridge: Vintage-style 3-saddle strings-through-body Tele bridge
  • Tuning machines: Fender/Ping vintage-style tuning machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 1-ply white
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Width at Nut: 1.625"
  • Unique Features
  • "C" Shape Maple Neck,
  • Knurled Chrome Knobs,
  • Synthetic Bone Nut
  • Strings: Fender Super 250R, nickel plated steel, gauges .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
  • Deluxe gig bag included

The Fender '50s Esquire still rocks more than half a century after its introduction!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number 0131502303

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