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1954 Esquire

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by bterry, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Major Gruber

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    That's so sweet and I think they're even so much better when they're worn. Funny it has already steel saddles. Several changes happen in 1954, including the saddles, and this one still has everything from a black guard (end of black guard blonde, black guard, serial number on the bridge), but already steel saddles. Brass saddles can bring a difference in tone, closer to pure black guard character, and that's a swaping that can be easily considered, for usage only of course, keeping preciously the original ones. That's just a comment in case this question would become accurate for you while testing the tone. Congratulation anyway, it's a pure beauty!
     
  2. overlock

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    I'm a bit shocked at the balancing act going on for some of those photos. If the guitar fell over and got a non-vintage scratch, its resale value would be destroyed. ;)
     
  3. Watto

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    Beautiful specimen, The stories it could tell , congratulations on a very cool Blackguard

    Play her as Leo intended

    Ignore non vintage scratches that's silly , every scratch is part of it's life and history
     
  4. hemmings

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    A dream guitar, that's for sure!
     
  5. dan79

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    Doesn't get any better than that! Congrats!:D
     
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    Nice!
     
  7. bterry

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    Thanks, all!

    I play pop music and use flatwounds so those original steel saddles suit me just fine ;) This Esquire sounds perfect as is so not planning on making any changes, but it would be interesting to hear the tonal differences - how hard is it to find a set of original brass saddles?
     
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    Darn it! I've got to go change my pants now! Enjoy!
     
  9. lexx9

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    Wow..what a beast!! A dream guitar for sure!
     
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    One of the nicest I have seen, congrats!
     
  11. slimdave

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    Pop music? Interesting!! With what amps and pedals do you combine the esquire to play pop? Would love to hear about that.
     
  12. bterry

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    Yeah, Teles/Esquires are great for pop! Especially anything chimey and sparkly.

    I use the '54 with an old 1960 Fender Concert Amp I have, it's the brownface model with that lovely vibrato. 4x10s. For pedals, I keep it really simple, I have an old Ibanez AD-9 delay for those warm, slapback sounds and I have one of those great El Capistan delays as well for all the more surreal and ethereal sounds. I run those through a Maxon compressor, et voila.

    If you're familiar with Johnny Marr/The Smiths, have a listen to the original recording of This Charming Man. That was (and most other studio recordings by them, actually) played on a '54 Telecaster owned by John Porter. Marr was obsessed with the West African Highlife guitar sounds, and he was trying to achieve those tones by tuning the Tele up to an F#. Anyway, most of their studio stuff is actually Telecaster or Les Paul, with an occasional Ric 360 12 string, even though he played 355s, Strats and Rics live a lot of the time.

     
  13. Dig it

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    Cool to see the 4/16/54 date...just a few days from my actual birth date. And we are both in WA. Very sweet guitar!
     
  14. slimdave

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    Thanks for your reply. Johnny Marr is a big influence to me, so it's great to know more things about his gear.
    I just asked because blackguards are usually used in other music genres. But it's great to know how you use it.
     
  15. Davo17

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    Stunningly cool guitar. I'd love to hear it.
     
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    Can't stop staring.
     
  17. Twisted Kerle

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    WA state huh... Me & Gpa's NoCaster are down here also... hhmmm
     
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    That's a wonderful, special guitar. Congratulations. I'm salivating.
    For me that has to go straight into a 5e3 with nothing in between but a little cable.
     
  19. HotDan!

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    I would have posted immediately but I shorted out my keyboard with drool. As I've said many times...And it certainly is no secret, I'm a fool for Esquires and this one is simply killer. I've gone beyond to point of envy and am actually now considering stalking. Enjoy this gem...
     
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