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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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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Saw it, played it, NEEDED it.

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 7 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 5 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 7 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...

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bought the Esquire and tweaked it

By J. Green

from Caribou, ME

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

I purchased the MIM Esquire and stripped it down. Added graphite nut and string tree, sperzel tuners, new cts pots ( push/pull tone ) for coil tapping the duncan hb, added new wilkinson bridge and she's a BURNER!!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

White Blonde Esquire

By JM20

from Kansas City, MO

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Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

I purchased a White Blonde Esquire last September. The guitar sets up really nice and sounds great. The lack of a neck pick up limits you on what you can play, but for fast country licks it's a beauty.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this is great guitar

By BigC126

from Chambersburg, PA

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar, excellent value, snappy sound. Very good neck. I have owned quite a number of Teles over the last 40 years and I do believe this is as good as any of them. It could be converted to a Telecaster with the addition of another pickup, the routing is already there but really, it is such a fun guitar to play I think I'll leave it alone.I have a Gretsch Country Club, a Rick 360 with hot pickups in it,a Dan Electro, an Aerodyne Strat and a Epi Les Paul. Lately, since this Esquire arrived, I find myself reaching for it first. It feels great, plays very well, fast neck. Tone control on the single pickup is very effective. All in all, a great value and a fun guitar to play. BigC126

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

First impression right out of the box was that the guitar was beautiful. Mine was finished in white blonde. After some intonation adjustments, the guitar played beautifully. The very best part of this guitar is when the 3 way switch is thrown all the way down....the sound cuts through anything but yet maintains a musical sound not too overbearingly thin and twangy. I recommend this guitar for anyone wanting a great rhythm sound or an out-of-the-ordinary lead tone. Great guitar!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A definite keeper!

By JewishCowboy

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

I am convinced that this is the most distinctly twangy guitar ever made, just amazingly responsive and musical! The only gripe I have is the slightly unprofessional neck seam which is not completely flush with the maple neck. Also, the truss rod insert has a bit of epoxy that I scraped off. Otherwise, I would not trade it for anything else! It sustains like my Les Paul but cost a quarter of the price!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tweak it a bit

By M-Dub

from Pittsburgh

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Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

I customized mine a bit with a custom made 3-ply black pickguard, one of those ghetto tele humbucker Dimarzio pickups, and Fender brass saddels... After all that money and hassle, this turned out awesome. I'm an idiot for selling it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar is a bargain

By bizzirini

from Boston

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar with the idea to make a replica of Jeff Becks Esquire. I've decided not to do that, but to just make good upgrades instead. Out of the box, the Fender Mexican Esquire needed some things done. I thought the stock pickup was weak sounding, and I hate steel saddles on a Tele style guitar. So, I put in a Seymore Duncun Broadcaster pickup, and some Allparts brass saddles. Now that I've done that, this guitar sounds excellent! I just today compared it to the gold 59 Esquire Custom shop re-issue that costs a lot more, and found mine to play better, and sounded as good. Many of the Custom shop Esquires are top loaders, and the 59 re-issue lacked the sustain that my Mexican Esquire had, as it has string through the body construction. The Broadcaster pickup does have a different character, so mine did sound different, but was as pleasing. I was actually disappointed by the 59 Custom shop Esquire because Fender changed the sound of the "all the way to the front" position pickup sound. Normally, it's a somewhat dark bass type sound. Not as muddy sounding as a Tele from the 50's, but a rolled off treble sound for sure. They made it a hotter, lead type sound. The Mexican Esquire tone in all of the switch positions seems to be more like the original, which is what I was after. My only other problem with this guitar is that it has small frets. I bend strings a lot, so I will have to get bigger frets. The body and neck are made from very nice wood, very high quality. I would say these are the best parts of this guitar, as it is very resonant and loud when played acoustically. You can easily make this a professional level guitar by putting a little money into it.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar!

By esquier=<3

from hartford, ct

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

i have been playing a gibson sg special for two years now and ive owned other guitars but sold them back to my local shop. those guitars including a fadedv, strat, and a nashville deluxe tele. i really like the tele but the middle pickup was a bother for my aggressive struming. when i played this at my local shop i was blown away i fell in love the moment ipicked it up. all though there is only one pickup the toggle switch is very effective. i dont have one quite yet but as soon as i can get the money i will pick up on in the sunburst probly put a new pickup in eventually but otherwise great guitar.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Esquire..

By TeleBoy

from Boody, IL

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Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

Well, this is my first non Strat guitar, and I

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Fixer Upper

By PinguinoFurtivo

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar almost a year ago, and I have to say that, with a few modifications, this guitar is amazing.Like so many others have already said, the stock pickup is kind of thin. I replaced it with a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. stacked humbucker for a Strat. Also, the gloss they put on the neck bothered me because it was sticky; I sanded the back of the neck and some of the frets for better playability. I plan on doing some more mods, including replacing the 3-saddle bridge with a 6-saddle bridge for better intonation and getting a black pick guard for aesthetics, but you can't beat this guitar for value and playability.

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