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1951 Fender Esquire

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by rze99, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    So Leo, in his great wisdom, created the Esquire ...

    He left a pickup off the Telecaster...
    And could charge ten bucks less...

    What genius ...
     
  2. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    I owned a refined (body only) 54 back in 78. Soft V neck, the best sounding pickup I ever heard. Played it 6 nights a week all summer, then traded for a Martin D28. Traded that for a 72 Tele Custom like Keef's, and an Ovation Glen Campbell.
     
  3. capitalbear

    capitalbear Tele-Meister

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    And what's that reason, if the neck PU ain't used anyway, as you said?
     
  4. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    The Esquire definitely has its own thing going on without the neck pickup. It does seem to have a little more sustain and response.

    It’s a cool vid and he does a very good job if introducing the charms of the Esquire.

    I prefer a Tele bridge pickup to have a tone control and largely have mine rolled back a notch or two so I don’t use the first position. Too spiky.

    And I wouldn't ever use the muffled position either. So...my Esquire a self build) has one switch position only - with tone - and I like it that way.
     
  5. _Presto_

    _Presto_ TDPRI Member

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    Love Esquires - I play my ‘59 every day...and when I’m not playing, I’m thinking about it :)

    Cool vid thanks for posting
     
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  6. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    He did create the Esquire, first.
     
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    Always wanted one, still holding out hope to find an unmolested one.
     
  8. KelvinS1965

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    I love my home made Esquire. I can only dream of a real '51 model though. I find it makes me work harder getting different sounds out of the single pick up. To be fair I cheated a bit by using a tapped pickup that is something like 6k and 10k (I used a pull switch on the tone knob), but I tend to just use the 10K position anyway. I even like the 'muffled' position, but mine is a variation on the 'Eldred' mod with a 3300pF capacitor and I find it works really well with some overdrive.

    I'm currently refinishing the neck in nitro and can wait to get it back together again. Thanks for the video @rze99 :cool:
     
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  9. Sea Devil

    Sea Devil Friend of Leo's

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    Phenomenal playing, especially the funky stuff!
     
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    Paul45 Tele-Meister

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    JIMMY JAZZMAN Tele-Holic

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    In a golf analogy, Esquires are persimmon woods, which require talent and much practice.
     
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