Esquire Started

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by dented, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. dented

    dented Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I just got a look at the body of my Esquire before it is shipped. Two piece from the center of a Poplar chunk. It weighs a little over 3 1/2 pounds. Keven at Augustas in Oklahoma City made it for me. It is much easier at this point to have it made. Once I retire and move out of Cali that might change. Kevin is great to work with and he is up front and detailed about a project. I appreciate that. This blank is going to get painted and I haven't really thought about the electronics yet. I just thought I would share the beginnings.
     

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    Poplar is an excellent choice !!!

    Can't wait to see the finished product !!!
     
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    Ha! What do you know! I'm about ready to build a snakehead! Just got most of the parts yesterday, and the tuners today. Waiting on the body and neck and then it's off to building I go ;) Good luck on your project! Keep us posted!
     
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  5. dented

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    You too! I'm still getting my parts list together. Haven't decided on a pickup yet.
     
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    Sweet!!!! PICS PICS PICS when you start building!!!

    Build threads are like crack cocaine. Which I've never tried. But I hear it's addictive. Maybe more like smoked pork butt for me?

    What color?
     
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    Very :cool: Best of luck with your build.
     
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    I smoked pork butt once :lol:
     
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    Just because it worked for me:

    I use a Cavalier Fat Lion pickup in my Esquire. I'd been curious about Cavalier pickups, and I emailed Rob telling him what I was putting together and asking what he had that straddled oomph and twang, with a little more emphasis on the oomph. He recommended the Fat Lion, and boy does it deliver.

    Here's how my wiring goes:

    "Bridge" position: Straight-to-jack. All bow down. The world ends.
    Middle: Typical 250k volume and tone controls, the tone being a no-load so that I can cut that out if I'd like and still have volume control. The middle position is where I spend most of my time and it is stupid versatile.
    "Neck" position: Volume control + Eldred circuit. Interesting snarly/nasally tone that kind of sounds like it's coming through an old radio. It's a neat effect that's also interesting with dirt. It's also easy to try out different cap values on the Eldred circuit for different sounds.
     
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    Well it goes like this. I have a nephew in Chicago who is an artist. A well paid artist who has art hanging from coast to coast in private collections and public buildings. He wants one of my "mojo" guitars for himself to play and offered to paint a guitar body for me. So I do not know what he is going to paint. I am thinking of distressed hardware though and I will bolt that on and send it to him. What I get back will be a surprise and I will like it no matter what. My only criteria is no politics, no religion and no reference to our own family.

    The guy who made my Esquire body for me already has two more bodies in process for me. One more Esquire and a Baritone.
     
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    This kind of info is what I am looking for! Thanks! I am so looking at all of my choices and I have ruled many out already. I'll check it out!
     
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    You're welcome! My idea was to get the most possible out of your two typical controls and a 3-way switch. Obviously you can get more with a 4-way switch, more knobs, mini-switches, etc.

    The no-load pot is the "secret weapon" in my Esquire because it lets me "hide" a volume-but-no-tone option within my volume-and-tone setting, allowing me still two more spaces for the Eldred and the straight-to-jack. When I was looking into options a little over 6 months ago all the pre-wired stuff you can buy would have forced me to compromise one way or the other.
     
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    Very cool! Look forward to seeing it!
     
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    Do you have a diagram for this? Or is there one available? I need it, sorry.
     
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    Who will you use for hardware? For me in NZ it makes sense to use the same person for as much as I can to save on shipping. That person just went very quiet. :(
     
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    Nice starting with no neck pickup rout.
    Nice weight too, I think of poplar as a little heavier than that.
    Traditional looking with a guard?
    I'll be interested to see the mystery finish, I have a bunch of Esquires but this one is new!
     
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    I'm going to check out Mark Jenny, MJT in Missouri. He has some distressed stuff I might want to use. I have an MJT already, the Fiesta Red in my avatar. Not sure I want to use shiny new stuff on this one yet. Still undecided. Thanks.
     
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    I'm going with no guard or at most a clear guard.
     
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    It's actually 3lbs 12 ounces. No chambering.
     
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