The Esquire is among the most sought-after instruments in our entire family of Telecaster guitars. Introduced in 1950, its unique circuitry and biting bridge pickup created a tonal sensation. It later became the weapon of choice for greats including Jeff Beck and Bruce Springsteen, and has re-emerged time and again in the hands of many other great players.
Our ’50s Esquire features an ash body, a C-shaped maple neck, a vintage-style three-saddle string-through-body Telecaster bridge, and a vintage-style single-coil Telecaster pickup with custom-wired three-way switching.
Basically, three-way switching on a single-pickup guitar gives you three preset tones. In the bridge position, the pickup is connected only to the volume control (the tone control is disconnected); this minimal circuitry produces more top-end sparkle than is possible with a Telecaster. In the middle position, the standard tone control circuit is activated. In the neck position, the tone control is again disengaged, but a tone-shaping capacitor rolls off much of the top end and some bottom, producing a darker tone and slight volume loss.
(301) White Blonde,
(303) 2-Color Sunburst,
1-Piece Maple, “C” Shape,
(Gloss Urethane Finish)
Maple, 7.25” Radius (184 mm)
No. of Frets
21 Vintage Style Frets
1 Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele Pickup with Alnico Magnets (Bridge)
Master Volume, Master Tone
Custom-Wired 3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Volume Control, (Dark Vintage Circuit), No Tone Control
Position 2. Volume Control with Cap. and Tone Control with Cap.
Position 3. Volume Control Only No Cap. , No Tone Control
Vintage Style 3-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Tele Bridge
Fender®/Ping® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut
1.625" (41.3 mm)
“C” Shape Maple Neck,
Knurled Chrome Knobs,
Synthetic Bone Nut
Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046),
Deluxe Gig Bag
Deluxe Gig Bag