Fender Custom Shop Vintage Custom 1950 Double Esquire
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Before the Telecaster forever changed the world in 1951, Leo Fender built several prototype guitars, testing various concepts that found their way into the final result. The Vintage Custom 1950 Double Esquire is a faithful recreation of one of those early models, the incredibly rare dual-pickup Esquire, which was outfitted with some very cool and compelling appointments that we felt modern players and vintage tone hounds alike would appreciate. It features hand-wound '50-'51 Blackguard pickups offering incredibly fat and juicy tone, coupled with modified '51 Nocaster wiring and controls. You'll find a blender pot in place of a standard tone control and an additional resistor on the rhythm circuit for sweeter output. The neck features a vintage 7.25"-9.5" compound radius, which we found on some rare examples, giving it a unique feel even among vintage-inspired models. It also features medium vintage frets, which are slightly larger than vintage frets and very comfortable to play.
Other features include a NOS flash-coat lacquer Nocaster Blonde finish, Closet Classic hardware, 2-piece off-center-seam ash body, tinted maple rift-sawn neck with 10/56 "V"-shaped neck profile, 21 medium vintage frets, 3-way switch, black phenolic pickguard, '51-'54 Tele bridge with brass saddles, bone nut, round string tree and vintage-style tuning machines.
The historic precursor to an undisputed legend, the 1950 Double Esquire is a glimpse into the innovations that were pivotal in the development of the Telecaster. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Serial Number: R18603
Weight: 6 lbs 13 oz
Specs:NOS Flash Coat Lacquer Finish
Closet Classic Hardware
2-Piece Off Center Seam Ash Body
1-Piece Tinted Rift Sawn Maple Neck 10/56 "V" Backshape(1st Fret: .880" - 12th Fret: .980" )
7.25"-9.5" Compound Fingerboard Radius
21 Jescar 50085 Frets
Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard Pickups
3-Way Switch; '51 Modified Nocaster Wiring
Single-Ply Black Phenolic Pickguard
'51-'54 Tele Bridge with Brass Saddles
Vintage-Style Tuning Machines with Fender Logo
Bone Nut; Disk String Tree
Deluxe Hardshell Case; Strap; Certificate of Authenticity