NGD: Custom Shop 55 Esquire Relic

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  1. doctymie

    doctymie TDPRI Member

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    Starting with a Vintera 50s, then moving on to the 70th Anniversary Broadcaster, and then to the AV 64 Tele, I finally took the plunge and decided to join the Custom Shop family. Today I added a Custom Shop 55 Esquire to the fold. This one is Fiesta Red and relic'd. I was anti-relic until just recently. This edition the Custom Shop also included the complete control panel for a traditional Tele wiring and that is how it came. The Esquire panel is in the case and I may eventually swap it out. First impressions, I love this thing. I was a little hesitant buying such an expensive guitar without playing it first. But, over the past 18 months of really playing all kinds of guitars, I'm pretty certain of the specs I like (mostly the neck chunkiness) and so I was OK taking the risk. Pics below.
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    Awesome! That's a great one. Reminds me to check Fender's CS page more regularly. :D
     
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    love it!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Fiesta red is a great color! Congratulations
     
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    Awesome, congrats!
     
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    Very, very nice, congratulations.
     
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    Congrats! You mention the Esquire wiring control plate, is this the one with a blender knob instead of a tone knob?
     
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    How is this an Esquire?
     
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    Sweet handle. Enjoy.
     
  11. VillainSean

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    Says "Esquire" right on the headstock :)
     
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    I think this is a RI of the very first Esquire, which predates the Broadcaster and had 2 pickups. These were the non truss rod models (mostly) from 1950.

    RI has the truss rod, obviously - but maybe the OP can chime in on the exact specs...
     
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    Fender CS does this with several of their Esquires. Comes with the wiring harness and pickguard for either a Tele or Esquire setup. Take your pick.
     
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    That's a great looking relic, great color, too... congrats
     
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    Yes, that's exactly what this is. It came with the Tele harness installed, and frankly, it sounds so good, I'll probably keep it like this for a while.
     
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    1 - bridge pickup directly to jack
    2 - bridge pickup with tone control
    3 - bridge pickup with tone rolled off (set)
     
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    That's a beauty. Congrats!
     
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    I've always thought it was cool when a tele set up says esquire on the headstock. Congratulations.
     
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    So the "standard" esquire wiring with both pickups?

    On my recent "double esquire" (gratuitous pic added), it's wired like -
    1. Neck pup w/tone cap
    2. Neck pup
    3. Bridge & neck pups, with the mentioned blender pot.

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    I think when you put in the Esquire harness, you remove the neck pickup. It also came with an extra pickguard for the one-pickup configuration.
     
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