Back in the mid 80's and into the early 90's, I began collecting vintage parts. Back then, they were cheap.
Don't worry, man....that'll buff out!Been a long time, at least 11 years since my Springsteen Esquire build thread.
Anyway, just wanted to show off my 1951 Esquire Relic made from mostly vintage parts I've collected over the last 35 years.
Back in the mid 80's and into the early 90's, I began collecting vintage parts. Back then, they were cheap. I remember going into a vintage guitar store on Hollywood Blvd in 1990 that had a wall of Broadcasters and other early blackguards. I would go in a just stare at them. The prices were in the $3k range and at the time, I thought was EXPENSIVE.
I bought a bunch of parts from the owner he had in a box. A Broadcaster bridge and Neck pick-up, old capacitors, a few 3-way switches and tele knobs. The pickups were the most expensive at $300 for the pair, a lot of money for me back then.
I would also buy stuff from the classifieds of Guitar Player magazine, like old decals. Back then parts were plentiful and cheap. I still have another vintage Silk Screened Esquire decal that I don't want to use.
Anyway, here is my "1951 Esquire Relic #1010" 30+ years in the making (and it shows lol)
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I use to have a bunch of old decals like that. I picked them up a s guitar show downtown LA about 20 years ago from a vintage parts dealer. Problem is that to try and use them can be risky. They just get too old.
I LOVE everything about this guitar..... but......
the back of the neck. It just doesn't do it for me. With all the wear on the fretboard for the back of the neck to look brand new it just throws me off.
Take some 220 grit and put it in the palm of your hand and play like you are really playing that neck. Do that for about five minutes and when you are done you will see where the neck would naturally wear. Then do your relic job on that and it would be PERFECT.