NGD: 1960 Fender Esquire

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Meclazine, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. d barham

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    Wait, what? Woah, Dude. That is awesome. We just need about 150 more pictures of it from every conceivable angle, and maybe some sound clips through different amps. You know, when you get time. A dream guitar to be sure.
     
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  2. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Tele-Afflicted

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    Hi.

    Yes. This fact is pointed out in one of the Telecaster books I have (forget which one). The author notes they were in fact relatively expensive in their day.

    Pax/
    Dean
    p.s. the guitar above is flippin' delicious.
     
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    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Now if you work hard you can save up and buy a guitar with two pickups!

    ;)

    (always wanted to say that)
     
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    Amazing dream guitar. I'm sure it plays and sounds stellar.
     
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    Superb!!!!! I don’t think I could live without a neck pickup though...
     
  6. d barham

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    Just curious about the location of the serial number. On my ‘60 Tele it’s on the bottom end of the neck plate. Couldn’t see a number in the same location on yours. I’m not asking you to tell everyone your serial number, although I am curious.
     
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    A major score indeed! A true collectors guitar. Have you verified it's originality?
     
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    Holy crap!
    And 6lbs 3oz?
    My dream guitar except too durn valuable...

    I didn't know Fender still put toploader bridges on after going back to string through?
    Interesting detail.

    I'd expect it's a bit microphonic at volume?
    Maybe too microphonic to play loud & dirty?
    I invariably have to repot pickups that old but love vintage Tele/ Esquire bridge pickups.
    Interesting and a little sad that it got played so little over its lifetime.
    But hopefully that changes now!
     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yes, yes, and again, yes. Congrats and enjoy, as we know you will. Love to see such stellar tele objects landing in the hands of players.
     
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    Lovely!
     
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    Just wow. Perfection! Congratulations!
     
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    I zoomed in really close and it appears to have a serial number on the upper side of the plate but only the O.P knows for sure

    I’m curious how common it was for them to be at the bottom of the plate I think I’ve seen it on a couple different years
     
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    Forgive me for asking a dumb question, but with only one single coil pickup, why does it have a switch? BTW, congrats on owning a piece of history...
     
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    The switch has three sounds bridge position is wide open with no tone,middle position is the pickup with tone control, and neck position is the pickup with an added capacitor that gives it a bassy sound
     
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    Of course not, that would be silly. That’s why you need to have an Esquire and a Telecaster.
     
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    That is a very beautiful, and light weight, guitar! Very nice indeed!!
     
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    Gotta love that!
     
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    A couple of questions answered.

    Two piece body. Lower piece seam is in line with high E string.

    The amps are '63 Princeton, '58 Tremolux, '60 Princeton, '64 Champ.

    Microphonic. Yes, if you turn the gain and volume on the pedal and amp right up, it squeals. But this is at really high volume. Plenty of cool feedback coming in before that level is reached. Easily managed with some pedal settings.

    I have only just started recording my pieces with a Sennheiser 906 mic in the left channel and a ShureSM-58 to add some more flavour in the right channel.

    Rhythm is straight into a '58 Tremolux, and the Lead has a Diablo+ pedal added for a bit of bite. Recording is like getting your photo taken. It ruins your self-illusion.



    The microphones don't do the Fender Tremolux justice, but it sparkles like no other.
     
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  20. d barham

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    Sounds great. Thanks for posting. I can only imagine how it sounds in person.
     
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