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My 1957 Esquire rehab project

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Zac, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. Zac

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    I picked up a 1957 Esquire, and have been rehabilitating it. Here is a before shot.

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    And here is where we are now. Please note that the finish has not cured yet, and that the parts are just laid together in this photo.

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    I have always wanted a Pre-CBS Fender Tele.
     
  2. erratick

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    Tell us a story- where did you find the 57?

    How did you find it? Was it pricey?

    You're plan is the refin. Converting it back to Tele from Esquire. Learn anything from the process?
     
  3. Piotr

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    I've seen that on YouTube, Zac. Keep us posted, please!
     
  4. theprofessor

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    Love it! Can't wait to see the finished product. And thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us on your YouTube channel!
     
  5. tweedman2001

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    Cool Zac. Looking forward to more of this and your setup video.
     
  6. David Barnett

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    That's gonna be sweet.
     
  7. donrichfan

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    Nice Esquire! Great refin color choice, too.
    Although I'm noticing something shiny protruding from the pickguard... what in the world could that be?
     
  8. JSMac

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    Nice. I'm curious to see how it comes turns out. I'm working on putting together a '57ish Esquire right now.
     
  9. bobk

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    Zac that looks great! A video please when it’s all said and done!
     
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    It is a miracle that that bridge pickup is still working with all that corrosion
     
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    The people that belong to this forum never ceases to amaze me! I'm such a huge fan!
     
  12. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Nice find and refin, Zac! I know exactly how you feel with my '68 paisley- refinned by Bill Crook.
     
  13. Zac

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    There is info on where I got it, and many more before shots on my website. I am not going to say what I paid for it, but it was from a store, not an individual.

    The pick guard is a new repro that has not been aged. The original Esquire guard was trashed, so I decided to go Tele.

    The guitar is far from finished. The body will get more light sanding and aging to match the neck, the pick guard will be aged, and that is not my bridge or neck pickups. The original bridge just got back from Ron Ellis, and the neck pickup is a Ron Ellis "new tall."
     
  14. Engine Swap

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    Looks great - that blue had to go! Was the blue a pro job?
     
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    Been following this one, looking great Zac...keen to see it finished.

    As the owner of a pre-cbs esquire, I was a little sad to see that neck pickup appear...but your call obviously! :)
     
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  17. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    Great project - you’ll have a very special guitar at the end of it
     
  18. Zac

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    The blue was Krylon rattle can
     
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  19. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I've been waiting for the videos on YouTube... :):)
     
  20. Wildeman

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    Killer, i did a '57 Tele in a similar state. Mine came out nice, i got lucky and the body date was still there when they stripped it. 20200804_085442_2.jpg all original except body finish and guard.
    Good luck with your excellent score.
     
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