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Fender Esquire Solid Body Electric Guitar (1957)
Fender Esquire Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1957), made in Fullerton, California, serial # -, Blonde lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck, brown tolex hard shell case.
This lovely "whiteguard" second-generation Esquire is a superb example of this period's Fender greatness, an extremely fine playing and sounding guitar. It shows typical features for the period including the single ply white plastic pickguard (standard by 1955, replacing the earlier "blackguard") and the old script Fender logo above the newer "butterfly" style string tree. The staggered pole piece single pickup at the bridge is controlled by a volume, tone and 3-way switch with a "top hat" tip offering the #1 bass-heavy rolloff setting, the #2 straight tone control and #3" "bypass" sending the signal straight to the jack. This last setting is the Esquire's secret bonus, offering some of the finest, snarliest tones ever to emerge from the Fullerton factory. The serial number stamped on the neck plate is preceded by a "- minus sign" an oddity specific to 1957-probably a stamper's error. A fantastic sounding guitar, an absolute joy to play…and even to just smell!
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This prime '57 Fender is all original and in fantastic playing condition; just showing some finish wear mostly to the body edges and fingerboard. Completely original internally-never had a neck pickup or any wiring alterations. Mostly played in the "Cowboy Chord" position the original frets still have a lot of life left in them. An old Fender just the way we love 'em-played but not abused, and ready for the next 60 years. Includes an early '60's brown Tolex case in excellent shape and the period "top line leather" strap and "Fender Electric Instruments" polish cloth. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 7455
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