Homemade Esquire Tributes!

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Tele Sevalas, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Tele Sevalas

    Tele Sevalas TDPRI Member

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    It would be nice to see some homemade Tele Esquire style models.
    I’ve put this one together and she’s a dinger! Two piece Ash body, old Schecter neck, Wilkinson bridge with compensated saddles, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder pickup, custom made harness with Soviet made oil paper capacitors dating from 1986, Oak Grigsby 3 way, CTS pots and vintage wiring. It sounds great but weighs a ton!
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  2. CJM3309

    CJM3309 Tele-Meister

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    I'll join in. Mine is a Mighty Mite? Or All Parts? body, cavalier pickup and a 1995, 52ri neck with jumbo frets added (not by me).
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  3. CWP0126

    CWP0126 Tele-Meister

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    I’m in. Early 70’s Fender body, with a rewound 1954 Champion lapsteel pickup and added baseplate. This pickup rips! The control plate came with a lot of other parts, wiring looks old but have no idea what it came from. I wired it with the Eldred mod. The bridgeplate is standard Fender replacement with custom stamped serial number, brass saddles. Pickguard is bakelite.

    The neck is a bit of a mystery, I don’t think it’s a Fender but it looks old with a lot of finish checking. Handwritten 10/52 on the heel, no initials. I’ve wondered if it is one of the Elliot Mechanic necks, the seller I bought it from wasn’t sure about it either. It’s big and fat, and a lot fun to play. It came exactly as you see it, with the Esquire logo and repro no line tuners.

    All parts were found on eBay and Reverb. I eventually want to refinish the body in copper, and make it a tribute to the 1952 coppertop seen on page 36 of Duchossoir’s Tele book.

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  4. edchavez

    edchavez Tele-Holic

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    Both Cedar bodied. Top one has a 3-way switch: vol, vol/tone, cocked wah. Snot rag is just vol & tone. 1 pup.jpg cracked bandana.JPG
     
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  5. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's

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    Haha (snot rag). It took me a second to get that.

    Here’s mine. Clearfork ash, finished by me, Allparts fat finished by me also. Cavalier Humungous Lion. 6 1/4 lb beast.

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  6. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    We need some submissions from @Strange Ol' Man. He's build some real lookers.
     
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  7. mkdaws32

    mkdaws32 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    How about an Esquire bass! A friend of mine trashed a Fender Bronco at a punk concert and the neck was salvageable. So I stuck it on a Muslady Tele body, used some spare electronics and ordered some hardware on eBay. This is the result!
     

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  8. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Mine is not entirely homemade, nor was the homemaking entirely in my home, but I think she counts.

    Mine came to me via local Craigslist as a Bigsby'd 1989 MIK Squier Tele.

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    An owner before the guy I bought it from had the Bigsby installed after the fact (looks like it originally had a top-loader bridge).

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    Someone also replaced the tuners with Schallers and installed two roller-style string trees.

    The seller was asking $150. I'd been thinking about a Bigsby'd Tele, so this was a no-brainer. $150 and a 5-hour round trip later brought her home.

    Now I already had a Tele, and this guitar had already had so much done to it that it seemed like an opportunity to do something different. So I decided to make her into an Esquire.

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    All-new electronics, including a no-load tone control and a Cavalier Fat Lion pickup. I also got some upgraded Bigsby bits and (of course) a new pickguard.

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    The switching is as follows:
    "Bridge" position: Straight-to-jack, no controls
    Middle: Standard volume and tone, though the no-load allows me to remove the tone control
    "Neck": Volume control only plus Eldred circuit.

    This is an absolute beast of a guitar that's way more versatile than it would seem to have any right to be. It's a rock n' roll machine capable of some twang and a few other surprises.

    One other neat thing about Esquires is how simple it is to switch pickguards for a different look:

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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    That is bee yatchin man! Love the colour. What does the switch do?
     
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    Havent heard from him in a while. Always wanted one of his builds, even if I do build my own.
     
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  11. mkdaws32

    mkdaws32 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Actually, it’s not quite finished, but I did wire it up temporarily and slap the pieces together to make sure it was all going to work. The neck is shimmed right now, because I have a bit of work to “finesse” the fit. Also, the neck is only partly prepped for a refin and the body doesn’t have the clear coat yet.

    However, it intonate and plays really well. Because it’s a dual rail HB, the switching is set up Series/Parallel/Split and all three are pretty unique. One volume knob, no tone.
     
  12. lammie200

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    Haha!

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  13. BB

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    Love it! Would seriously dig a neck pup only Esquire, er Eriuqse.
     
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  14. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    :eek:ack! the grain is so beautiful, really I've' been paying attention for a long time and the top of your guitars grain is gadzukes delicious. Very well done. the entire instrument looks like a keeper.;)
     
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    BobbyMac Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    I've posted these before, but here is another look...


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  16. BobbyMac

    BobbyMac Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    One more...
     
  17. Unionjack515

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    Working on this one as we speak. An Esquire of sorts I suppose!
     

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    EsquireBoy Tele-Afflicted

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    With a « lava » tort Spitfire pickguard, it would melt the audience right away from the stage!
     
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    The neck looks great on this one!
     
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