Esquire/Esquire clone owners sound off!

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  1. Badger71

    Badger71 Member

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    I may be in the market soon for an Esquire....if i don't bond with a scalloped neck strat that's coming in. Are you guys diggin' your Esquires? I don't like Fender's "vintage" frets....too low/small for me. I may look to having someone (K-line, Nash, Rice, etc...) build me an Esquire with a 9.5 radius with med/jumbo frets. I'm concerned about the lack of versatility, but if the bridge pickup gives up the goods, then I may be in business. Sound off with those pics, likes, and dislikes please!
     
  2. Mayflower

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    There's a couple in this pic of my Tele/Esquire round up.
    Yes I dig the Esquires very much. Tele's are all about the lead PU.
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  3. J Purcell

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    Here's the only Esquire I currently own. A Glendale pine body with an original early 50's Tele pickup.
    I think you can cover all the bases with an Esquire.:RoCkIn[​IMG]
     
  4. Badger71

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    Sweet examples....That green one...:drool But I'd probably go butterscotch/blonde.
     
  5. nickreynolds

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    woah, heres a stupid questions, I've looked at Esquires all my life but I just thought "hey, what the heck does the switch do?", what does it do!? is it some sort of tone control, forgive me for owning strats my whole life :))

    thanks
    Nick
     
  6. Badger71

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    If I recall:
    Bridge position=no tone knob
    Middel position=tone knob
    Neck position=capacitor to make the guitar delve into dark tone to emulate a bass if no bass player present.

    I'm sure someone more schooled in the subject will chime in.:BEER
     
  7. Mayflower

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    Hi Nick,
    rear pos. lead PU, tone control bypassed totally. More of a biting sound.
    middle pos. tone works as normal.
    Neck pos. are some capacitors wired together to create a bassy tone like your tone control rolled all the way back. Tone control does not work in this pos.
    I like to set up the neck pos. capacitors to make that pos. more functional than the original wiring.
    Hope this helps. I didn't know at one time either.
     
  8. nickreynolds

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    thanks for the info peps, so when I build my Esquire after selling one of my G&Ls, how do I tell my guitar tech to wire this?? lol

    and also were can i order a pre-painted body, and high-quility is a must :)

    thanks
    Nick
     
  9. mojocaster.com

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    I had two Esquires, one blonde, one sunburst, both MIMs. Great guitars for the dough. A lot of fun to play, and a lot more versatile than people would think. If you want a sound clip, here you are. Both rythm and lead parts are played w/ my sunburst Esquire, which I was stupid enough to sell...
     
  10. nickreynolds

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    J Purcell

    Your guitar kicks major ass, I'm taking my gold sparkle G&L Legacy with Vince Gill EMG set and putting it up for sale at the local music store, I can't list it here yet as I've not been a member for thirty days :(

    With the money from that, I will build my Black Allparts Esquire!

    Who thinks I can sell my Legacy within a month and build an Esquire to play at my next show? :)

    http://www.NickReynolds.net

    http://www.SocialBliss.com
     
  11. J Purcell

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  12. Johnnytone

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    Here are the wiring schemes http://www.tdpri.com/resources.htm

    I use the last one (the easiest one) and the bassy position sounds like having a wah half cocked.

    Here's one of my Tele/Esquires

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    Its a 60s Classic body ( I am looking for a black one like the one posted also!) with an Allparts FAT neck in nitro adna Duncan Lead 54 pickup.

    I love it
     
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    Here is mine. It is a pine body that I got from Guitar Mill. It is 1 1/2 inches thick as opposed to the traditional 1 3/4 thickness. It has a Glendale bridge and the Glendale outlaw saddles. It's pickup was made by Don Mare who is building amazing tele pickups right now. The paint is Nitrocellulous laquer with an orange dye in the clear coat. I didn't do any grain filling. The images were stamped on the raw wood with a rubber stamp and black ink.

    It is way more versital than I thought. I was really worried that when I was building it. But with the three tonal options you can do a lot of stuff. I don't miss the neck pickup at all. This is the best sounding guitar I own.

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  14. michael.e

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    INCOMMING!!

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    Check out the rest of Jeff from Fabgear's work. I do believe the black one is for sale now that it is completed.

    M.E.
     
  15. Chris Rice

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    Here's one for a fenderforum member that will be finished this week:
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    It has an 8.9K Voodoo staggerpole pickup in it.

    My favorite wiring uses the switch to select capacitors for the tone control. No tone in pos 1, .055 in pos 2, .022 in pos 3. Positions 1 and 2 are basically the stock Fender scheme, the third position acts as a subtle mid boost (if you're running the tone control around 60%) which can do a fair LP impersonation.

    Cool setup for sure, I'm curently without as I stole the neck from mine for a doubleneck.
     
  16. J Purcell

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    Michael,

    Did you get the Esquire from Jeff yet? How do you like it?
    I almost pulled the trigger on it but I'm up to my neck in Teles already.
    Which is a good thing. :dude

    Looks like a great guitar.

    John
     
  17. gkoelling

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    Check out www.guitarmill.com I spoke with them recently as I'm considering another parts tele next year.

    Real nice guys with very fair/competitive pricing. I haven't used them yet but have read good things about their quality.
     
  18. Chris Rice

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    We do bodies.:BluesBros
     
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    You do amazing work. I love going to your site and checking our the gallery area.
     
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    Thanks! Be sure to take a look in the next few days, as I've fallen behind on website upkeep and have a few more guitars to put up.
     

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