Esquire 1969 in the house

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  1. Hafner

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    Fender Telecaster Body 1969
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    Maple Neck with Rosewood Fretboard 3 MAR69 B
    F-Style Tuners original
    Bridge Original PAT NO DES, Saddles original stainless steel grooved
    Black Logo Decal Fender Esquire
    Frets medium Jumbo 6130
    Pickguard Esquire cream/black/cream
    Bridge Pickup 1968 9 - 13 - 68
    Selector Switch Centralab pre CBS 1965
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  2. hsmith

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    stunning !!!!
     
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    I love it. Thank you for posting the pics. One of my favorite looks for an esquire/tele.
     
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    very nice
     
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    Beauty of a guitar. ;)
     
  6. mistermullens

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    Post of the day! Absoluty stunning! I demand to see more pics!!
     
  7. tele0053

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    Lovely guitar and beautiful condition, I've got to ask and forgive me if I sound like a downer on this one, but all of the teles or esquires from that era (1966 to 1973) in original and unaltered condition suffered from underwound nonpotted pickups that subsequently sufferred microphonic feed back at very low volume levels and made them virtually unplayable in regular playing situations. That particular problem led to the pre CBS thing (which I believe started a lot of the vintage phenomenom of today) that became the buzz words (PRE CBS) of the day back then. Does yours have that feedback issue?
    If not... you might reconsider the unaltred/authenticity of the guitar...like I said back in that day I never... ever saw or heard one from that era that was completely original that didn't have that feedback issue/problem.
     
  8. Mark Davis

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    I like that year better than the old ones. 69 was the last year Esquires were made Id keep that one forever.
     
  9. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    When I was in High School a kid I know was sell what he called a Telecaster for $75 I went to see it and it was an Esquire not a Tele. This took place in 1969 so the guitar was pre 69' I was so confused and turned off by the fact that it wasn't a Tele ( which I really wanted ) that I turned it down. It looked very much like those photos but with a maple neck.

    About a month later I did buy a Gretsch Peppermint Twist which was a Corvette in fire engine red with a candy cane stripped pickgaurd I bought that for $50 For some reason I didn't mind the one pickup on the Gretsch but did on the Fender................

    Gary
     
  10. Hafner

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    The con trol assembly is: solid shaft 250 K 66 pots, ZSW1S5 wax paper tone capacitors, 1.5 K 1 Watt Carbon Comp Resistor, Cloth Wiring.
    I think, these control assembly has been revisited - but it sounds incredibly, no microphonics, no buzz at all.
    So you are right, it must be not original.
    The sound is comparable to my all original 1960 Esquire, but that one 60 is a killer.

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    Those Olympic White, rosewood board 60's Teles/Esquires are some of the best looking Teles ever!
     
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    Congratulations - you lucky man, Manfred! What a beautiful Esquire! :eek:

    That one has to be a keeper.
     
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    Absolutely GORGEOUS !! Corgrats and thanks for posting the pix.

    Jim
     
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    Tim73 Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks for sharing - it reminds me of an Esquire take on the tele in all the Flying Burrito footage I've seen of the original line up
     
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    Wow that sure is something. Thanks for posting!
     
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    My left nut and at my age, maybe both 'em. i graduated from high school in '69. That's a beauty. Lucky man. Congratulations!
     
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    Like I said earlier, I think you've got a real beauty there, I didn't mean to take the wind out of your sails, so please forgive me if I came off in a negative way, I was just trying to be helpful, that being said and the microphonic sqweal factor/issue addressed.... congrats...its a gorgeous period piece right out of '69, I'll bet it sounds every bit as good as it looks!
    All the Best!
     
  18. Stevie 202

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    Beautiful Esquire!

    You are correct though tele0053....my '69 Tele squeals like as pig if I'm not careful.
    It's not unplayable but you gotta be real careful where you stand and quick with the volume!
     
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    Potting the pickup (the wax dip) will fix that completely 95% of the time...of course it won't be completely original, but considering that era it's a reasonable fix and shouldn't effect the value too much, (if at all). It will certainly be a lot more manageable, and a lot more fun to play IMHO. Those guitars are real screamers once you pott 'em.
     
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    Yup. Been meaning to get that done.
    cheers
     
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