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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by lycheelassi, May 11, 2017.
wanna go, please!!!
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Is playing The Blues really THIS lucrative?
No, but putting on a show is and I think that's where people sometimes get caught out.
At first I thought all the guitars belonged to the museum, but they're just lent from many collectors which is quite refreshing rather than them never been seen again. Would prefer to see them not behind glass though.
That's an impressive collection to say the least. Each of those Esquires would sell for $100k easily to the right collector as long as the have provenance that they left the factory as one of the original two pickup models.
Probably a couple hundred million worth of guitars in their display.
I love that Bonamassa video too. If I were worth $20million there's no doubt I'd have a nerdville of my very own as well. I'm lucky enough to own some cool stuff of my own, but its even cooler that people like him or Vince Gill do take the time to share their impressive collections with us not as wealthy kindred spirits.
6 of 8 documented double Esquires? Isn't Springsteen's one also?
That leaves one out there somewhere.
No, Springsteen's The One is a mix of a blackguard era tele body with a later 50's Esquire neck
The double pickup esquires in question are from a small batch of guitars from very early in 1950 that pre-dated even the Broadcasters. The gentleman describing them in the video is incorrect; they were not single pickup guitars fitted with a neck pickup to please a customer. These guitars left the factory with two pickups, and carried the Esquire name as Leo hadn't yet come up with the Broadcaster name.
There was even a generation of Esquires that pre-dates those shown in the video. Those guitars were made of a thinner pine body, had a black finish, white pickguard, and no truss rod.
The esquire name was briefly dropped in the summer of 1950, and then was re-introduced strictly as a single pickup guitar later in the fall of 1950. Single pickup Esquires have always been routed for a neck pickup however, and many of them were fitted with a second pickup later in life, much like the Springsteen guitar.