My 1959 Esquire

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by _Presto_, May 17, 2019.

  1. _Presto_

    _Presto_ TDPRI Member

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    Thanks again!

    @ponce @EsquireOK @Piggy Stu

    I’ll get some more detail pics for everyone today, including under the guard! I’ll see if I can get the super fine lacquer checking on the headstock too.
     
  2. ponce

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    Probably it's just that pics are not sharp enough to show evidences of its age. And I've seen guitars that old only on pics.
     
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    OK here we go. Just a note, I messed with the pics to bring out the checking and marks etc...and in some cases this made the colors a bit off, or bought out the grain in the wood in an intense way.

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    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Just off to have a cold shower
     
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    jimilee Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    As a gear nerd, I love seeing behind the curtain, thank you.


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    The little wear I see in the pics is more from handling than from playing it seems. Lovely paint work.
     
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    You’re a lucky man!
     
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    SnidelyWhiplash Friend of Leo's

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    Damn! You lucky dogg! Kid Ramos played a '59 Esquire on his
    first solo disc. Absolutely love the tone. Just a bare bones axe...

    Crank it loud enough to annoy the neighborhood! :cool:
     
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    Really awesome! The hardware esp the tuning machines appear to be in great condition. Congratulations!
     
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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    This guitar just looks better every time I see it.
     
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    Beautiful!
    I'd like to see your amp and pb, too.
     
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    Sure thing.

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    Congratulations...it is in exceptionally clean condition!!
     
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    Congratulations! It looks so good I thought it was a re-issue like a Jim Campoilongo 1959 re-issue. You are a lucky chap. That is lovely. Enjoy !!
     
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    P.S. With respect to Mr. Campilongo- I misspelt his name.

    Presto- his model is a top Loader and when I next carve a body I'm going to skip the string ferrules and go for a top loader. Jim Campilongo's Tele is a '59 top loader sounds, great some showing evidence that string through may not be necessary.
    I love your Esquire.
     
  16. netgear69

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    Fantastic photography Presto
     
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    VERY NICE, SO TASTEFUL!!
     
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    agreed - they are going into my vintage guitar research folder as reference pictures.
     
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    Yes I blame Jim Campilongo’s tele for this purchase! I’d been digging deep into vintage teles/esquires for a while, and was lucky enough to play a few nice ones along the way (including 2 broadcasters!)....but then I remembered seeing some pics of Jim’s tele so did some digging on that. I found a cool vid of him talking about his ‘59 top loader with a slim neck etc.... then he played it and I was hooked. So I looked around and found one of my fav stores had an Esquire version, and I was heading to the USA to that very city in a few weeks, and then I worked out if I sold most of my other gear I could maybe afford it....and then I plugged it in and rest is history hah.
     
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    I am sorry - Emerald City Guitars is one class place, so...I "guess" I have to believe them, but...that guitar looks like it is straight out of the Fender Custom Shop. The tuners do not show a single flake of oxidation. The maple neck and lighter lacquer stain, look less than one year old. The chromed control plate and knobs look the same. That guitar has to have been keep in a humidity controlled, temperature controlled locked safe to be in that condition. No one then or now kept a guitar in those conditions, so PLEASE explain the "as new" condition vs the look of a '59 Reissue out of the Fender Customer Shop. I want to believe, but I can't.
     
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