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Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar   

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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 d...Click To Read More About This Product

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A guitar classic that proves less is more.

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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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 25 reviews)

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Twang Approved

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...Read complete review

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.

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Age 59 plus

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...Read complete review

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

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(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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Saw it, played it, NEEDED it.

By Wonderful Bully

from Iowa

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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.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my first Fender

By Honkey

from Meth capital of the world

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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.

(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!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Real Bargain

By Preston Parker

from Ohio

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Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

Purchased the MIM Fender '50s Esquire recently, and am I impressed. Was skeptical at first to purchase it, but now it is the first guitar I pick from the stable of other American made Fenders, which are also great. Right out of the box it plays great. Nice finish. I like the vintage look without the vintage price. Good action on the neck. This guitar is a real bargain. Highly recommended if you are thinking about purchasing one.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tele's Rule

By telemaster-yJkn1

from on the road

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

If you take this guitar, remove the stock tuners and put staggered height tuners on it you can get rid of the retarted string tree and put in a Seymore Duncan Antiquity and you will have the BEST sounding Tele around. Removing the string retainer will drastically help keep it in tune....

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice indeed

By Will-v2ACo

from Williamsville, NY

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

I have had three Mexican made Fenders over the years. The first was a Mexican made Jazz bass that was decent, the second was a Strat which was decent, and now this one. I found that universally the three Mexican made guitars had super playable necks that were ever bit as good as their American made counterparts. The hard ware on the Strat and the Jazz, however, was cheap feeling and the pickups were weak. This guitar is universally good. The quality is outstanding and I compared the neck to several other Mexican made telecasters and a few American made telecasters and I liked this one best. Buttery. The hardware on this guitar is very good, not cheap feeling. The pickup will probably be switched out for something a bit livelier, but other than that this is a real keeper. I have owned three American made Telecasters, but this Esquire has really gotten me excited. This is the real deal and for a great price. It compares favorably with my two other American made guitars that are still in the stable and is much better than the other Mexican made guitars I have had or have. If you like Esquires, here you go!!!

(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!

(3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Age 59 plus

By Teleman

from Mid NH

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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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simplicity at its best!

By Esquire4215

from White Lake, MI

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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...

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