Gentlemen, I present my new Esquire

Curly

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Gentlemen, I present my new Esquire :
  • Parts from Tommy Rosamond at USA Custom Guitars (lightweight ash body & Fat '54 neck)
  • Aztec Gold nitro finish by Mario @ Guitar Mill
  • Assembly & setup by Fred Marotta @ The Repair Zone, San Diego
  • Voodoo Broadcaster Pickup by Peter Florance, ~ 9K.
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so far, it rocks thru my tweed amps!
 

teleman1

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When you put it on the "mud" tone select;turn the amp up!

Looks gorgeous!
 

Curly

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thanks kindly, Gents, for the nice comments

I'll be testing this the next few days, but so far it sounds great.
Fred has built me a number of custom teles over the last few years, and they keep getting better and better.

When you put it on the "mud" tone select;turn the amp up!

Looks gorgeous!
thanks ... it actually sounds pretty decent on the front position, and yes, I did crank it :)
it's a little bright in the rear position, so I might check the cap value ...
but the pickup has what I look for in tone ... harmonics, and a vocal quality.
 

skeeterbuck

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Great looking Esquire Curly.

Something about those bare bones single pickup guitars I think is attractive. My favorite Esquires are the custom models with the tri sunburst and binding.

What radius fretboard did you go with?
 

shallbe

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thanks kindly, Gents, for the nice comments

I'll be testing this the next few days, but so far it sounds great.
Fred has built me a number of custom teles over the last few years, and they keep getting better and better.


thanks ... it actually sounds pretty decent on the front position, and yes, I did crank it :)
it's a little bright in the rear position, so I might check the cap value ...
but the pickup has what I look for in tone ... harmonics, and a vocal quality.

The rear position should be out of the tone circuit completely---so there should be no cap involved, right? It is supposed to be bright. The middle position is where you have your tone knob action/preset, and you hit the rear position for a little more volume and cut when needed.

I removed the mud circuit from my front spot and put in a cap that gives me a notched wah sound---plus it has more volume. With gain, it sounds incredible. I actually find the stock front wiring useless. I forget what I put in there, but I got the details off this board.

Great looking guitar, BTW.
 

Curly

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thanks again, Bros!
What radius fretboard did you go with?
thanks ... it's either 9.5 or 12" ... I can't remember ... I put a gauge on it last night, but I still couldn't tell with the strings on. :(
But, it's PERFECT for me.
The rear position should be out of the tone circuit completely---so there should be no cap involved, right? It is supposed to be bright. The middle position is where you have your tone knob action/preset, and you hit the rear position for a little more volume and cut when needed.

I removed the mud circuit from my front spot and put in a cap that gives me a notched wah sound---plus it has more volume. With gain, it sounds incredible.
yup, rear is wide open, mid is with the tone knob, and front is with a cap

I botched the wiring myself, trying to figure out reverse controls, plus I used the wrong schematic. doh! :(
anyway, Fred rewired it ... I thought he said he used an .02 cap (I usually use .05 for a regular tele), so I have to check that. The front has a cap/ resistor, and is a bit nasally, but sounds good CRANKED. :)

I have a little learning curve with an Esquire!
 




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