1950 Broadcaster or Esquire colors

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  1. Guitar Whiskey

    Guitar Whiskey TDPRI Member

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    I know custom colors didn't officially begin until the early 60's but I was wondering if there were any variants produced early on that were not blonde. I'm talking very early Broadcasters or Esquires that had the maple headstock plug & walnut skunk stripe, and not after transitioning to the walnut headstock plug.

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    bumnote Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Probably....well maybe.

    There are a few early Strats in "custom" colors...Howard Reed Jr wanted a black Strat. Believe that's the first custom color Strat.
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    PeeWee Clayton's red 54 Strat is another...
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    The first rosewood neck Strat was a special order from a country guitarist who's name escapes me at the moment. It was a solid one-piece rosewood neck.

    Any Strat that had a factory finish wasn't 2-tone was a direct order from a player or store to the Fender factory.

    I've never seen or heard of a Telecaster in a "custom" color from the early days...but I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of one-offs exist. The Telecaster's history isn't as well documented as the Strat's...and even the Strat's has a lot of missing info. In the early days...no one cared about documenting these things. Just build them and get 'em out the door.
     
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  3. jfgesquire

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    If you go through the BlackGuard logs website, I think there was one early Nocaster listed there that was a solid white (like Olympic White) and not a translucent blonde whitewash color. It came with gold hardware and pickguard and was owned by a professional musician.

    There is also one listed that is red, but it's unlikely in my eyes that was the original color.

    There were a few 54-55 that were sunburst.
     
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    Since they were not consistent the blonde color on the early guitars varied. Also the maple plug was not something that was done early then changed to walnut, it was a few sprinkled in at the beginning here and there along with the walnut. The first pine esquires I believe were black and red.
     
  5. Guitar Whiskey

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    Agree about the plug being intermittent. What I was trying to imply was that the maple plug ended prior to the Telecaster introduction.
     
  6. Sea Devil

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    There were definitely black ones, although one of the most famous photos of one is actually a touched-up photo of a blond guitar.
     
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    I thought one of the original Esquires was black?

    Maybe it’s the one @Sea Devil mentioned , I swear I’ve seen one

    Not a custom color but here’s a very early Esquire bought directly from leo, refinished of course (pine sandwich body that I believe is hollowed a little, no truss rod neck)and a photo with it and a very early broadcaster

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    That’s supposed to be one of the first p-bass’s as well

    I know they aren’t custom colors but are still interesting as early fender guitars
     
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  8. Sea Devil

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    These photos have all appeared here before:
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