Sudden Esquire love

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  1. TeleFunking

    TeleFunking Tele-Meister

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    I have always been a strat player with some love for telecaster. The the problem is I never bonded with Tele neck pickups. I even replaced my Logan tele's neck pickup for a strat Fender CS 69. That made it closer to a strat kind of tone but always kept getting back to my strat.

    Last week I decided to turn my Logan Tele into a Esquire with a SD broadcaster pickup in the bridge (it is the same pickup I already had in this guitar) . You know, just for fun... I didn't expect so much about it...

    I wired it with a Eldred mod circuit, re stringed it and plugged it into my Super Champ X2. After adjusting the treble and bass on the amp I was blown about the tone I was getting,specially on the Vox Ac preset. That thing ringed as a piano, bold and strong, just like magic.

    I have always played the bridge pickup on my Tele and I was never so much impressed as I am right now with this Esquire. I just don't understand what happened... Maybe I was forced to tweek the tone with just one pickup but it sounds so great now...

    Did anyone have this same experience after turning a Tele into a Esquire?
     
  2. WingedWords

    WingedWords Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm a recent convert too, but I believe it's a common reaction. Nothing I can add.

    Except a pic. 20200213_113740.jpg
     
  3. TeleTown

    TeleTown Friend of Leo's

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    Yup, its easy to get hooked! dGjsfeq.jpg
     
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    Beautiful guitars. Hard to beat the magic of a tele bridge pickup!
     
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    gkterry Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    love single pickup guitars
     
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    I’ve always been a bridge pickup player. I have 5 tele style guitars and not a one has a standard tele neck pickup. Not my thing I guess. Here’s my latest. Who needs a switch anyways? 53D76E00-A849-4189-B90F-5220C1C63CE5.png
     
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    Thought about making mine an esquire copy but love my twle copy way too much.

    Here is a parts list and some photos.

    Fender roller nut
    Wilkinson 3 saddle compensated bridge with brass saddles
    Tuning machines from a Fender Starcaster
    Fender American Standard 3 way switch
    Fender American Standard jack
    Fender vintage 1meg tone pot
    Fender vintage 1meg volume pot
    DiMarzio True Velvet bridge pickup
    GFS vintage 52 neck pickup
    All cavaties are shielded with copper tape
    Vintage wax coated push back wiring
    Hand wired in the vintage 53 telecaster style
    Treble bleed circuit
    Fender Greasebucket circuit from a Highway 1 Telecaster
    String trees are in non conventional locations
    And finally, I aged and distressed everything by hand.
     

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  8. stefanhotrod

    stefanhotrod Tele-Holic

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    Esquires are the ultimate guitars. Their minimalism turns you into a more focused (better) player. That’s a part of their different tonal expression.
    Technically the lack of the magnetic deflection from the strong neck pickup makes the Esquire shine...
     
  9. WingedWords

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    I found the Esquire helped me rediscover on electric what I learnt at a very early stage on classical - that where you pick the string has a huge effect on tone. Yes I know, it’s basic stuff.
     
  10. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I bought my CV50 with the intention of Esquire-ing it, but the neck pickup won me over to the extent that I can't bring myself to rid it of it.
    I already have a single pickup Strat anyway. No switch. No tone control. Alleged P90 in a humbucker body ( not sure about that, but it is rather good )
    The volume control is sort of a tone control. Where and how the strings are picked makes a huge difference. I play it with a different mindset. I still want an Esquire, because Esquire.

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    Esquires, Gordon Smith GS1s, Juniors. Everybody should have a single pickup guitar. They're so much fun.
     
  11. rangercaster

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    A player with talent can do all that is needed with just one pickup ..


     
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    dimenjj Tele-Meister

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    Always been a fan of the Esquire and single pickup guitars. Most of my build are Esquire's. Even my Gibson guitars are single pickup Jr's and LP's. I learned a long time ago, less is more. Everyone stay well !
     
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    Amazing.
     
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    15904071148486552232694070226495.jpg [​IMG] here is the Pic of mine recently turned in an Esquire
     
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    I don't believe so much in the magnetic field theory, but really believe in your first point. I feel like the Esquire is forcing me to discover new ways of playing and adjusting the tone...
     
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    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Esquires and Juniors are a lot more guitar than most players realize. A certain magic that you don't initially understand.
    They teach you to be a much better player than you were before you met.

    My current Tele is an Esquier-H and is a lot of fun.
    4-way switch controls each bobbin individually, in parallel, and series humbucker. Covers so much ground. In single 'bridge' mode it is all classic Tele "Twang!".


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    (The Strat has a reverse angle Hendrix bridge pickguard plus wired with an Armstrong Blender to go from SSS to HSH and it's fun too.)


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  18. PeterUK

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    I was inspired to create an Esquire after seeing this video:



    I didn't think for a second that I would create anything like the tones that Greg Koch creates; but it does! :eek:

    I also used the Seymour Duncan BG1400 and I'm blown away! (Disclaimer: Greg is a marginally better player than I am. :p).

    I had to strip it down to send the body to be finished but I'm really excited to get it back and assemble it again as it was just fabulous to play. I feared the untreated wood was soaking up bits of me as I was playing it constantly!

    It will be finished in what I've called 'Mary Kaye Pink' and as it's been preassembled it shouldn't take too long to reassemble and set up!

    I'm so excited! :D
     

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    Esquire's rule.

    Beautiful guitars guys :cool:
     
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    Nice little rig!
     
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