My candy tangerine Esquire

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by stefanhotrod, May 17, 2019.

  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    First class all the way. You simply MUST post more pictures and demo video so we can hear it too!
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Sweet!
     
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  4. stefanhotrod

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    Thanks for all the nice comments guys! More soon!
     
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    I've assembled a few MJT/Musikraft and they usually are a pretty good fit. Be prepared to have to do some final fitting though. Thankfully, they are on the (very) tight side.


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    What a beauty, looks great.
     
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    An impressive Esquire build!
     
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    2A96F819-9148-4ABB-A846-9F2AD0C0AC3A.jpeg Here she is- the 1953 Esquire Hot Rod:
    • Gotoh SD91 tuners
    • Callaham string retainer
    • Tusq XL nut
    • Musikraft neck, 3A flamed maple
      • 9.5“ radius, medium C
      • 6105 Jescar nickel silver frets
      • Semirolled fretboard edges
      • Nitro finish
    • MJT Alder body, closet clean
    • Bakelite pickguard, finished by Tonfuchs guitars
    • Klein Epic Broadcaster, aged, 43ga, 8.6 k
    • Eldred custom wiring, wired by Dirk Wacker from Premier Guitar Magazine
    • Rutters Hot Rod Bridge, raw deal, Alu/brass/brass
    • Rutters controlplate, raw deal
    • Callaham slotted screws
    • Glendale extreme fat neck plate
    • Allparts knobs, aged by myself
    • Total weight? I guess 6.3 lbs
    Pure, sweet tone
    This guitar sounds pure, elemental and directly. Sexy! Super transparent, sensitive and loud! Don‘t think one pickup isn‘t enough! But playin‘ an Esquire wants you to control your attack, your picking position and requires dynamic playing. To me playing an Esquire is ultimate guitar playing, reduced to your input alone. But that’s why an Esquire will sound just like you- honestly and genuine.

    The Klein Broadcaster sounds sweet, pristine and nasty- it‘s a typical Broadcaster pickup, loud and proud, never harsh. It’s got a great vintage Mojo. Fantastic!

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    The guitar is very resonant, full of overtones and sustain, even unplugged. A pleasure to play- it feels worn in and sounds like an old instrument. Neck is death straight, intonation close to 100% (we‘re talking vintage saddles), no dead spots, stays perfect in tune. Nice flat string action (1.8/1.6 mms).
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    The neck’s got a nice medium C-profile, similar to 1953‘s Tellys (0.83/0.96), fast and comfy, not too thin. Very nice, even if I need to get used to the nitro finish (silk on the back).

    Some impressions:

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    Nice round edges on the nitro coated Bakelite Blackguard.


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    Never change a winning team: the good old Glendale extreme fat neck plate!

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    Closet clean finish. The heavy checking with the desired horizontal lines looks breathtaking and authentic, a ding or two is necessary for that look and adds charisma.The color is simply beautiful and somethin‘ else.


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    Aged Gotoh SD91 and Callaham string retainer.
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    The Eldred Wiring

    I‘m a little bit disappointed- position 3 is completely useless for me. It sounds like you‘re playin‘ thru an old transistor radio. Maybe I need to get used to that tone, but atm it‘s, yes, useless. Position 2 runs the Pickup thru tone & volume, position 1 is just connected to the volume- very nice. Super direct, a tad louder and nastier. Nice to use as a lead guitar „preset“.

    There are some minor things I‘ll have to check- the Pickupscrews are too short :( for a correct adjustment and I‘ll have to see if I‘ll get used to the lacquered neck. The low E-string is a little bit underrepresented, I guess it‘s because of the pickup height. Nothing to worry about!
    I‘m happy! Thanks for watching, I‘ll place a soundfile soon!
     
  9. rich815

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    That’s just gorgeous. :cry:
     
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  10. Nightclub Dwight

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    Beautiful guitar! I've always been a fan of that MJT orange sparkle. And I love the look of the raw hardware. I'm definitely going to go that route next time I put together a partscaster. Nice job, I hope you enjoy your guitar for many years to come.
     
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    Stunning! Well done Sir!!!
     
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    Super classy! Play it in good health.
     
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  13. darren7

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    That looks amazing. That checked finish and raw hardware are going to look great with a black guard.
     
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    That sort of thin and nasally third position usually works best with some dirt. It seems to clean up some of the mush that gets through from the lower frequencies even if you didn't realize they were there before trying it out.
     
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    Wunderschoen! Wie ist "checking" zustandegekommen?
     
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    Looks great! But I’m curious about its actual weight. All that heavy duty hardware and your guess is only 6.3 lbs?
     
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    OK yeah that does it for me in a big way
     
  19. MickM

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    Love the guitar but what size/rating is the orange capacitor? If adding some dirt doesn't get you a suitable tone you might try a "smaller" one.
     
  20. stefanhotrod

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    Changed the Klein Broadcaster for the new Barfuss 1953- WOW! What a fantastic pickup. The guitar sounds really different, less nasty, warmer, fuller and with that wooden bass I‘ve missed with the Klein. Gorgeous. I really don‘t think Ellis will beat Barfuss pickups!

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