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Sweetwater Squier Classic Vibe '50s Esquire - first impressions...

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Boreas, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Boreas

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    Arrived yesterday with no shipping issues. Observations:

    No damage or obvious defects noted.

    Bone nut has some sharp edges and is set a little high. Also significant pinching of unwound strings noted.

    Neck "straight" with a little more relief than necessary. Well aligned. Relief adjusted

    High E string kinda close to edge.

    Low E tuner slightly rotated. Adjusted

    Action just a tad high, but very comfortable with no buzzing or choking.

    Fret ends are well-rounded and not sharp. Fret seem to be well polished, but significant scratchiness exists with any bending/vibrato. Close inspection shows fine striations parallel to neck. Frets were polished, but not smoothed.

    Fingerboard edges have a moderate roll. Very comfortable. Also noted nicely filled tang slots.

    Sounds awesome. May consider tweaking the "neck" circuit. Pickup is very strong with great tone. Significant volume drop on "neck" position.

    Strings turned my hands black. but sound OK.

    Gut shots of plate:

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    All three caps are marked 503. Cannot read the resistor. I didn't expect the wiring to be quite this complicated.
     
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    Would this be the correct wiring diagram? Appears to be close at least.



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    Interesting. Thanks for gut pics! I was just looking at these last night. What's the body made of, do you know? Also, weight?

    @Chick-N-Picker you might find this thread of interest... ;)
     
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    Supposedly pine. I think mine is waterlogged pine. 9lb 1oz.. I think it was the heaviest of the bunch. One newer listing was as low as 8.2 lbs. - after they sold me mine. Oh well, it doesn't matter much to me. I play in a recliner...

    I may take a look at the pickup if it keeps raining today. Will post pix as acquired.
     
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    Hmmmm.... at that weight I'd be inclinded to think it might actually be ash? Personally, I like a heavy guitar so for me this is good info to know! Thanks B!
     
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    Are these esquires wired with the "original" wiring scheme? The one that makes them seem bass-y? Or is it the more modern Eldred mod wiring?
     
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    It appears to be the original "standard" wiring scheme (per SD), but I can't get a good look at the resistor. But based on some YouTube videos I have seen, it doesn't sound at all "bassy" - but just like the tone was rolled down. But I haven't tried it with a bigger amp yet - perhaps that will make a difference. I kinda prefer the "bassy" sound to this. I can get nearly the same tone by using the middle position with the treble rolled off. I think I would like the "neck" position to be more dramatic. But I haven't fiddled with it much yet. Perhaps it is the Eldred setup that produces the baritone/bass tone I heard.

    Perhaps I need to remove the resistor??
     
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    I love Esquires. I would buy that in a heartbeat if it came left handed.

    Is there a reason Fender hates lefties?
     
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    If Jimi couldn't convince them...
     
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    Unfortunately..it's not cost effective.
     
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    Tack on a 15% surcharge, I'd still buy it.
     
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    still not cost effective..build a killer partscaster..make it yours..cheer's
     
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    the bassy position is a lot of fun when you juice it, and add EQ.. :cool: cheer's
     
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    How so? Fender is already building bodies, necks, tuners, and pickups for Squier and Player Series Telecasters, would it really cost that much more for a lefty Esquire pickguard and wiring harness?

    And I've already built two (green Thinline, red Tele)-- but I shouldn't have to spend countless hours collecting parts, painting, prepping, and assembling, to create what any righthanded player can pick up off the rack or online, IMHO.

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    I hear you brother. yes parts to build, not cost effective to change production setup for a few lefties..maybe i'm wrong..no offence.
    Beautiful collection you got there.
     
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    Sorry to get my dander up, it just really pisses me off that they don't even give us an option of ordering something out of the ordinary without going the Custom Shop route. And thank you.

    And forgive me for hijacking this thread, but lack of lefty product is just a YUUGE pet peeve I have.
     
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