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  1. EsquireOK

    Today in Craigslist scams: '71 tele body with Mastery bridge, $30

    Someone asking to correspond outside of CL's e-mail anonymizer system is the most blatant scam giveaway that there is on Craig's List. And this person isn't even waiting until e-mails start getting exchanged to try to pull it! Jeez. All it is is a phishing attempt. Once you e-mail them outside...
  2. EsquireOK

    What size fret wire in terms of height came on vintage Tele's?

    I read your post quite thoroughly. I assume that if indeed the frets have never been leveled, then you aren't measuring correctly with your calipers. The fact that you didn't answer my specific question about your measurement technique, or provide any photos of the frets in question, only...
  3. EsquireOK

    Why would Fender refin a 1954 Esquire in 57?

    Not the original neck. Wrong decal, wrong string tree location (and type) – and all the specs on it jive with the date on the heel (which, coincidentally, would have been very easy to confuse with the serial number: 7047 for the serial, and 7-57 for the neck date). It's great how they danced...
  4. EsquireOK

    Anyone else not like Thinlines? Or at least, most of them?

    The guards are hideous. The F holes have potential aesthetically, but combined with that goofy looking guard, they end up seeming gimmicky. Over all, they're ugly guitars, like most of the aesthetic design of that time period (clothing, hairstyles, architecture, automobiles, interior design...
  5. EsquireOK

    What do you dislike about the Telecaster ?

    Pretty much only two things: 1. The master tone control 2. The switching scheme My ideal Telecaster has a tone knob for each pickup, and positions 1 and 2 are just like an Esquire.
  6. EsquireOK

    Why is "Vintage" defined as pre-1974 in this forum???

    Vintage means whatever year (or period) you use it in conjuction with – not something of a set age. Something made this year is 2022 vintage. But the word has been perverted, and is used nebulously just to mean "kind of old, but not really old." It's a pretty much useless term in this use. It...
  7. EsquireOK

    Does such an abomination exist? If not.......

    You'll get quite close to all that with some early G&Ls...and be playing a gorgeous piece of Leo/George/Dale history, and be able to re-sell it for more than you bought it for down the road. You won't get the knobs or the exact pickup orientation you want, but you can check all the other boxes...
  8. EsquireOK

    Seeing a lot of talk about the Elvis movie

    Elvis was by no means the "King of Rock-n-Roll" in my book, but when he was good, he was REALLY F-ING good. He did great songs, his bands were hot, his production was awesome, and he was the man. He's just highly over-credited and overrated by mainstream culture, and he put out a lot of real...
  9. EsquireOK

    Replacement pickups for a G&L ASAT Tribute Bluesboy??

    Worry more about the fret work and the nut first. Invest in a high quality outboard e.q. before starting to drop money on aftermarket pickups.
  10. EsquireOK

    How many Esquires end up getting a neck pickup installed?

    I have not added a neck pickup to either of my three, the oldest of which I have owned since new in 2003. It's a Fender Custom Shop, and it does have a Tele neck pickup rout under the guard. The two I made myself don't even have neck pickup routs. Nor have I ever removed the neck pickup from a...
  11. EsquireOK

    Nitro lacquer vs lacquer?

    What the hell are you talking about? And I mean both paragraphs. Are you responding to the right post? I didn’t read, or quote anything from Wikipedia. And what term has been used since the ‘60s?
  12. EsquireOK

    Nitro lacquer vs lacquer?

    To the OP, you have got almost entirely falsehoods in this thread so far. It's quite staggering, even for the Internet. To me, it seems that after a fairly well established history of Fender specifying what binder is used in their lacquers, that a change to the more generic "lacquer" means two...
  13. EsquireOK

    How well do you think the MIJ guitars stack up against the USA made guitars?

    The AOs are being discontinued in favor of a return to a more vintage accurate line. The old MIJs are constructed well. Their cost reductions happened in the areas of electronics and materials. And the body wood doesn't matter, if you get an opaque finish. That said, They are so jacked up in...
  14. EsquireOK

    What year(s) did Fender release the limited edition Fender Player Telecaster in lake placid Blue ?

    Look inside the various cavities on the guitar. There might be a sticker that has a bar code and other information, including the color name. Or, you can do a serial number inquiry with Fender. They'll tell you the color when they get back to you, along with plenty of other information. LPB has...
  15. EsquireOK

    Any masterbuilt owners here?

    I am surprised by how many posts there are reporting having bought used ones, or dealer spec'd ones in some cases. Why would anyone pay for one of these, and then sell it? Terminal illness is the only thing I can imagine. But if I had paid $10,000 for a tailor made Italian suit, you can bet...
  16. EsquireOK

    Fret levelling or refretting?

    If you're consistently wearing out fewer than half of your frets, you want to do partial re-frets as needed, not leveling or full fret jobs. Leveling takes a ton of perfectly good fret material off, and will eventually make a full re-fret a necessity, sooner than it needs to be. Full fret jobs...
  17. EsquireOK

    Fender American Classic Series (AO Replacement?)

    Apparently, you didn't actually read what I wrote. I hated AO, and bitched about it the whole time, lauding, and collecting eight of, the last generation of AVs...which I am now very happy they have basically returned to.
  18. EsquireOK

    Fender American Classic Series (AO Replacement?)

    Wow. There are some real idiots in that Strat Talk thread. Basically, back to the last generation of the AV Series (Flash Coat, 7 1/4" radius, "vintage" frets), with some year changes, and major price raises. And a switch to hand guided pickup winding (which I don't give a rat's ass about, and...
  19. EsquireOK

    1959 Telecaster

    That is a refinish in a natural/clear, that has since aged. That finish is unheard of on a Fender guitar of that vintage, and if it had been a factory '59 finish, the neck pocket would be sprayed. Not to mention other easy to read clues. Hope you payed no more than half the value of one with...
  20. EsquireOK

    Parting with a beloved 68 Tele (not all original)

    Pretty much everything has been dramatically and irreversibly altered. Finish gone, body routed, fingerboard re-radiused, original frets replaced with wrong size, original tuners gone. Almost everything is majorly non original on a guitar that wouldn't be worth a ton even if it was a top notch...
  21. EsquireOK

    Squier Really Upped Their Game

    The main things that matter on any instrument are whether the neck is straight (and will stay straight), the quality of the fret work, and the quality of the nut work. How are those things? If they are good...then the guitar is good. Anything else is just surface details, and can be dealt with...
  22. EsquireOK

    Looking at G&L? Get this neck profile.

    I have this neck on all of my limited nitro run G&Ls. It's their default guitar neck now, since about 2016. Unless a dealer special orders otherwise, this is the neck you get. It's a fine profile. I appreciate the extra 1/16" nut width vs. the old standard 1 5/8" nut from before. But the frets...
  23. EsquireOK

    Neck tints on Telecasters, which one do you prefer?

    It's not so much the color and intensity of the tint that makes it look good or bad, but whether or not it was applied with a two stage process (natural clear over dyed wood), or a single stage process (tinted clear). Almost everyone in the industry does it via tinted clear, and the result is...
  24. EsquireOK

    Pickguard colour for Daphne Blue

    Single ply black, hands down.
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    Common “mods” in the late 50s-60s?

    There's this crazy thing, reshaped, de-fretted, re-painted, and given a crazy pickguard, played in none other than the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World: ...which came out of the factory looking something like this:




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