Your best 50s style Esquire pickup and why

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  1. rze99

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    Looking at an Esquire build. Want to hear about the best for 50s style in your book. Ash body maple neck brass saddles.
     
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    Do you mean closest to 50's spec? Like a repro?
     
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    Not necessarily.

    Best to your ears.
     
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    Here is my MJT 55' Black Esquire. It has a 2 piece ash body, 1 piece Allparts TMO-C maple neck (10" radius, 6105 frets, bone nut, vintage split shaft tuners) and a Duncan 55' Antiquity pickup (A2 6.6K). The body and neck are in aged nitro and the guitar weighs in at 6lbs. 12oz. I use aged Fender hardware with brass compensated sanddles. The wiring is as follows....

    Position 1- Bridge pickup wired to jack (no tone)
    Position 2- Bridge pickup with volume and tone (.0047 orange drop cap)
    Position 3- Bridge pickup volume (no tone) with a .001 cap

    I don't care for the bassy preset tone or the cocked wah (Arlo or Eldred) so I used a different level to give me a slight tone difference that is very useable to me. Cloth pushback wire, CTS pots, CRL 3 way switch and an aged electro socket jack. The guitar cost me less then $900 to build and is one of my favorites. I was just at Sweetwater testing out some amps with it and quite a few people played it and thought it was a Fender CS. Let me know if you have any other questions.
     

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    I know this is heresy around here, but to me, an Esquire is a Tele with no neck pickup.

    So, whatever other properties it may have, it has to have a great Tele bridge pickup sound. Speaking for myself and my preferences, that's vintage. I have three Tele's: One with a Don Mare Supersport, one with a Fender OV, and one unidentifiable from my luthier's parts graveyard bin. They all sound good to me, bright and cutting wide open, gutsy with the tone rolled back a little.

    Getting a little fatter from there, the Duncan Broadcaster is real nice - just barely twangs.

    I think if I was starting from scratch and not trying to economize, I'd talk to Rob Distefano or Don Mare about winding a tapped pickup.

    http://www.cavalierpickups.com/
    http://donmarepickups.com/
     
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    Another option is having a two pickup Esquire. They were made back in the day. The guitar would start as an Esquire with a single pickup and the correct headstock decal and Fender would advertise that you could send your guitar in for around $15 to have a neck pickup installed. Most people that just spent over $200 for a new guitar didn't want to pay extra as that was a lot of money back then. I saw at least 2 of these 2 pickup Esquires while at Songbirds in Chattanooga.
     
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    I recall your original post. That's beautiful. Nice specs. I also don't like wolf or cocked tones. In fact I only want with tone really.
     
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    All cool. Duncan broadcaster in my candidates.
    I've got loads of Teles. I turned my last Esquire build into a Tele so missing one.
     
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    I have never tried a Duncan Broadcaster pickup but I hear great things about them. For the price it is worth checking one out.
     
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    +1 for the SD Broadcaster
     
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    I have a CS nocaster in two of mine.

    Don’t gotta be too fancy.
     
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    I dunno whether The Kid uses a 'hot-vintage' pickup, in his Esquire- but I would. Love the Broadcaster, in my main gigging Tele and the Duncan is very similar.

    If you like gadgets, along with your dose of simplicity, a double tapped pickup would give you a lot of options.
     
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    I love the 51 Nocasters. Got em in 3 Teles. Nocaster also candidate just maybe need a differnt option.

    Bare Knuckle Flat 50 is a candidate too.

    Let's face it, shed load of great options.... I love it.
     
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    From personal experience I'd say a Cavalier Fat Lion.

    http://www.cavalierpickups.com/


    Fat Lion - Tele®/Esquire® bridge pickup. 42AWG over A5 rod magnets for a very bold tone with lots of mid-range, for serious rock and blues, approximately 9.2k dcr. Butter smooth treble that's never shrill, major midrange and good bass end, not best nor meant for twang tone. This is typically used for rock and bluez and pop, and Esquires® that need an increased range of tone. Black or ivory/parchment string wrapped, supplied with mounting screws and tubing.
     
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    Sure thing, but not too keen on the thin "tapped" option side of it. I do like a Tele bridge pickup to have a bit of kick and girth and I really don't think I'd use the tapped sound much. I have a UK hand wound Oil City Diesel tap (cracking pickup by the way) which I used for my first Esquire build and I didn't really use the "tapped" sound. I preferred the full girth of the full coil.
     
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    I have a double tapped Cavalier Hydra in my Esquire cheapy.
    6k, Fat & Huge with the Eldred mod. Very versatile. :cool:
     
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    The Kid is baddazz!!! :cool:
     
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    Broadcaster Fender PU? My 48 Proto piney has a Pre-B1 in it. Ton of fun. and wit no tone circuit rolling the Vol Pot back 1/2 way gets to an 8-9k area in response.
     
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    I would say a Cavalier Nashville or Fat Lion would be a good Esquire pickup. If tapped, I would say, Hydra (Humungous/Fat/Nashville)...that would give you 3 girth-worthy options at the flick of a switch.
     
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