My 1959 Esquire

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by _Presto_, May 17, 2019.

  1. _Presto_

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    Hey everyone, I’ve been lurking on here for years - but just signed up as I recently got a guitar I think some of you might dig. Here’s some pics and a vid my new all original (except the switch tip :D) ‘59 Esquire!

    Any top loader fans out there?

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  2. ScottJPatrick

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    Has it ever been played? Looks new!
     
  3. Bellacaster

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    Looks fantastic. Custom shop or an actual '59?
     
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    Beautiful guitar & thanks for the pics. They should skip the drilling operation and make 'em all top loaders.
     
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    Actual ‘59 - it’s been played, but not a great deal and by someone with pretty soft hands hah. I know at some point a collector got it so must have sat in it’s case after that. He passed away and his son bought it to the store....and now it’s mine and getting played every day!
     
  6. Antoon

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    Nice!! What does the neck feel like? Is it a flat thin D-shape? My old '59 strat was anything but that! Thick round neck.
     
  7. brookdalebill

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    Howdy!
    Groovy Esquire!
     
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    Wow and wow again! Looks amazing and almost too good to be true.
     
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    @Antoon - yep very thin d profile, especially at the nut. I like thin necks so this is one of the things that started my quest for a ‘59. That and the intense amount of upper mids/treble resonance going on with these things. It’s wild.

    @rze99 - yes particularly in pics it does seem a bit too good to be true. In person though there’s lots of signs of age / use, they’re just very subtle. My fav is this tiny patch of slight wear on the back of the neck, right where your hand sits to play open chords. Old mate was a gentle strummer I think :)
     
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    Nice one. Congrats. Very Tom Petty apart from the maple board.

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  11. Antoon

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    Just checked out the clip. That guitar is all what vintage Fender is about!
     
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    Hard to believe that's 60 years old. The see through finish is amazing.
     
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    Amazing. If you play it every day it might soon or later get worn. This could become a collector's dilemma (wouldn't stop me playing it as I prefer them worn!) :)
     
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    YES...top-loader fan here. I've had both top-load AND string-through on my Tele, and my comparisons say there's not a whit of difference in sound. Yours is truly beautiful and amazing.....but you lost me at the THIN neck. I could never find a Fender neck FAT enough for me, which is why I custom ordered from Warmoth.....but to each his own.....;)
     
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    Wow, that's nice.

    Don't put any mirrors on it though... ;)

    Pax/
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    Really amazing. Full of pure, sweet and wild tones. Congrats!
     
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    In my mind that is the best guitar that can be. Very nice indeed.
     
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    Dang! That is the Fender finish line. Congrats! And enjoy.

    I can’t get over how new the neck and hardware look!
     
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    what. a. beaut!
     
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    Looks fantastic. I have a 2005 Custom Shop version of that which sounds great.
     
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