Esquire Enthusiast -I finally get it, What it is with a Single Pickup

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  1. DonM

    DonM Member

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    Esquire Enthusiast -I finally get it, What it is with a Single Pickup Fender ESQUIRE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzlKlyICaAs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iLZC...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzlKlyICaAs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN_0Y...eature=related

    These youtube NAMM 2008 Billy Gibbons clips really helped me get there!

    I do not know how many times I put a neck pup back in my Esquire
    because I did not "Get It" -

    I do now! these clips that I was turned on to in the West Coast Thread here,
    really put the light where I needed it to shine!

    I'm so diggin my Esquire now that its been my favorite -
    It was these clips and realizing that if you mess with the amp to get some Tweed tone and work the knobs on the Esquire - you can really get it to do things that I do not think I do with a two pup guitar - because flicking the neck on is so tempting - and it leaves out me dilaing in the bridge much better -
    so after a few years of giving up on Esquires and putting the neck pup in em.. I'm finally a true Esquire Enthusiast

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  2. hogy

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    Dear God, Don, you made me the greatest Esquire pickup ever a couple of years ago, and now you're telling me you were clueless? :D

    Jus' kidding of course.

    As bad as this show sucks, that is what an Esquire is all about. A microphone on a resonant plank. Notice how hollow and acoustic his guitar sounds? The best Esquires I've heard, you could talk into that pickup and it would come out of the amp. Whatever you put into it is what you get out of it, and then some.

    I'd love to find out some detail about that particular guitar.
     
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    I have a 12 year old esquire that is the best most accustic guitar ive ever owned. I belive that not having a neck pickup= less magnetic pull to the strings which highlights the bridge pickup more. Lighter gauge strings, in my case 9s help alot for the snap/twang these guitars are famous for. Also, the wiring straight through no tone load is a big plus. Great guitars.
     
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    Raunchy, slightly nasal, spanky and twangy, killer tone for sure!! Love it!

    Thanks for the links!
     
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    Esquires are delicious you just can't try to tame 'em. You just have to hang on and enjoy the ride.
     
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    I've got a recent MIM Classic and it fooking kills. I'm not changing a thing on it.
     
  8. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I have an Esquire John Suhr made for me. Truly one of the finest guitars I've ever played in terms of feel, vibe and overall fun. It sounds great and I have had no desire to add a neck pickup. I did change the bass roll-off position on the switch to a notched wah tone that sounds really cool with gain tones.

    I like how with the tone control preset in the middle switch position, kicking it all the way back (no tone control with a tad more volume/cut) is like your guitar going to "eleven."
     
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    In '76 I started playing in a band where the other guitatist had a 50s Esquire that he had modified. He cut away the top to make it a double cutaway, painted it like an American flag, and removed the PU - and put in two humbuckers. After all that, the guitar still played and sounded great.

    He refinished it, and traded it to Heart of Texas Music in Waco for a Fender Rhoades around 82 or 83. More than 20 years later he is still wishing he had that guitar back.
     
  10. Catoogie

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    Anyone know what Billy's playing through? That tone is KILLING!!
     
  11. GAT

    GAT Gold Supporting Member

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    Looks like the backline has a bunch of tweed Fenders.

    I love my Old World Esquire, especially into my '71 JMP.
     
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    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    Whatchu guys liking for strings on your esquires (be they custom or mim). I'm using GHS Burnished pure nickel 10-46's right now, but I think I actually prefer the stock Fender 10-46's. I imagine they are nickel plated, not pure nickel wound.
     
  14. CDaughtry

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    Count me in as a BIG Esquire fan!!!:dude

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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    I have one with a Harmonic Design P-90 pup on there.

    Hold on for the ride is a good description, whoever said that!
     
  16. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I forgot to add---my Esquire has a Harmonic Design Vintage Plus pickup. It's perfect with the alder body and rosewood board. Lots of spank, twang and attitude.

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  17. tybone

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    Two pickup Esquire Custom owner here. I rewired mine to be like normal tele. Mistake. Once the tone control got back into the circuit some barking twangy magic thang (technical term) was gone. I am now in the process of putting it back to original specs with the blend control instead of a tone control.

    Rock on.
    Larry
     
  18. m@2

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    all my other guitars hate my esquire.
     
  19. playon

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    I'll have to try the blend thing some time... but do you know that they make a tone pot that takes the cap completely out of the circuit when it's turned all the way up -- check it out, it works. I think it's called a tone-bypass pot or something like that.
     
  20. Tele71

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    Hey Don thanks for the post. My Roy wrap is going into my next project, my 1st Esquire. I nee to get off my a$$ and put the thing together....
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