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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Swoop, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Swoop

    Swoop Tele-Meister

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    I've been waiting for this guitar for a few months. Unfortuantely none of the retailers here in NZ stock the Classic Series guitars, so I had to order one specially. Finally it arrived, and I picked it up this morning.

    She's a '50s Esquire in White blonde. Absolutely loving this finish even more in person. It seems quite thin too, you can actually make out the colour of the wood through it. Hopefully the grain shows up clearly in these pictures.

    A few obligatory pictures.

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    Very impressed overall. Sounds great, though inevitably I wonder if it might sound better with an upgraded pickup, but it's no slouch by any means and I'll play it and enjoy it.

    I was slightly concerned about the finish on the neck, as I don't usually like gloss maple necks. Thankfully the finish is pretty thin, unlike many of the Classic Vibe Squiers I've played, and not awful and sticky either.

    Overall, extremely happy with it!
     
  2. missinglinkwray

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    Well done! It looks really nice. It must be a heartstopper ordering it specially without trying first. GAH I don't think I could stand it.
     
  3. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    Beautiful guitar!

    If the neck feel bothers you, try using some Scotchbrite to break the gloss. In a perfect world, you can do that and still have a single thickness of finish to protect the neck.
     
  4. dreamingtele

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    I don't think I can too.. but it's a risk he had to take.. the stores don't carry classic series.. Like here in the Philippines, the choices of models here are very limited.. I'm thinking of ordering online too, and risk without trying the guitar.. but I would like to try first before buying as much as possible too.. :p

    anyway, congrats on the new axe mate!
     
  5. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

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    those are great guitars enjoy!
     
  6. Starrman44

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    Nice Get. Looks classy
     
  7. Swoop

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    Yeah, ideally I like to try before I buy. I thoroughlly researched it though and was certain I'd love it, and it paid off, it's fantastic! This thing through my 5E3 sounds amazing, such a thick tone!

    The neck doesn't bother me. I liken it to playing my Les Paul or Epiphone Casino, they have glossy necks. Of course they have rosewood fingerboards, which tend to be less heavily finished. It's mainly a thick fignerboard finish I'm not so fond of, I can deal with the back of the neck being glossy. The Esquire though is fine. As I said, the finish isn't really thick and gaudy like the Classic Vibes I've played, (and I've played many, Strats and Teles) so it feels great to me. A bit of playing time while break it in some more too, and there will be plenty of that!
     
  8. mellecaster

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    An Esquire thru a 5e3 is a thing of Beauty....Nice Combo, and congrats on your NGD !
     
  9. FenderFan96

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    It's looks like a true Prom Queen beauty. Very nice and congrats. : )
     
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    That's a clean machine ya got there! Beautiful!
     
  11. MBT74

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    Great looking guitar you've got there!
     
  12. Southpaw Tele

    Southpaw Tele Friend of Leo's

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    Jealous!
     
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    That's mine, and I am playing it through a '57 RI Deluxe :lol:

    But soon, I am going to try a new pickup in it.
     
  14. Swoop

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    Thanks everyone. I've been playing it all day and absolutely love it. Really sounds and plays great. Definitely has that thicker, early '50s sound, but it's also nice and clear sounding, and has a cool honk to it

    Really surprises me that nobody here stocks the Classic Series guitars. I reckon they'd sell very well. They have all that vintage style and sound, but are relatively cheap.
     
  15. MBT74

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    Not just NZ mate. I can't recall seeing one in an Aussie guitar shop.
     
  16. KevinB

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    Looks like you got a really nice one, and I agree, they are excellent guitars.

    At some point in the future consider brass, compensated saddles, a better pickup (like a Nocaster) and maybe some Gotoh or Tonepro Klusons to replace the Pings. Then it becomes an even better guitar.
     
  17. Swoop

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    Well, I've had my Esquire for a week now and still absolutely love it. I've not even touched any of my other guitars since I got it.

    Been pondering modification ideas, and am a bit aprehensive about changing anything. It sounds fantastic to me as it is. I think I'll leave it stock, but maybe try out some brass saddles. Anyone know which non compensated saddles will fit?

    I'm yet to satisfy my desire to build a partscaster, and am definitely bitten by the Esquire bug, so when my guitar fund has been replenished, perhaps I'll look into putting together a custom job to experiment with different pickups, etc. Quite like the look of a black Esquire with a white pickguard.
     
  18. sprucemousse

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    I agree swoop, classic series are basically non existant down here, i've only ever seen one in Australia so i snapped it up back in 2006
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  19. Swoop

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    ^Nice one. I've seen a few pics of your Esquire around the forums actually, which is what turned me onto the tuxedo combination of black and white for an Esquire, and makes me want to put one together!
     
  20. kenfolk

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    that's a nice one enjoy
     
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