Need your opinions... Did I RUIN this Fender Esquire?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by baimun, Jun 18, 2008.

Beck-ish Esquire?

  1. Very nice! I approve of the comfort contours.

  2. Glad you like it, but it looks a bit odd.

  3. You sick, twisted bastard... step away from the disc sander!!!!

Multiple votes are allowed.
Results are only viewable after voting.
  1. baimun

    baimun Member

    Messages:
    1,270
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    I've wanted a Fender Esquire ever since playing the Jeff Beck model...

    [​IMG]

    ... so when I got this fantastic playing/sounding Esquire with a slick/sweet rosewood neck I made the appropriate "Jeff Beck Modifications"

    [​IMG]

    It seems that some people can't appreciate the comfort contours and/or think I'm smacked in the head for not wanting to refinish the guitar with the new contours.

    Personally, I think it rides the balance between the Jeff Beck Esquire....
    [​IMG]
    ... without bringing myself to beating a brand new guitar with a chain and weathering it.

    In fact, I sealed the newly exposed wood with a few coats of tung oil so the different parts of the body will age together as I play it.

    [​IMG]

    So.... subtle tribute, or sadistic train wreck???
     
  2. baimun

    baimun Member

    Messages:
    1,270
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    It was a brand new 50's style Fender Esquire. The guy from Davis Guitar Works set it up with a Warmoth Rosewood neck and compensated brass saddles.

    Despite the Jeff Beck-ish looks... I've been playing Andy Summers type licks on it.
     
  3. Joisey

    Joisey Member

    Messages:
    711
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    Location:
    Northern, NJ
    I would equate "ruin" with unpayable. Looks playable from where I'm standing. Don't over think it.
     
  4. Polynitro

    Polynitro Member

    Messages:
    23,659
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    it just looks weird to me. I say if you're gonna do it then go all out and relic the hell out of it otherwise it looks half assed.
     
  5. pacomc79

    pacomc79 Member

    Messages:
    1,517
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Location:
    Atlanta, Ga
    If it's comfortable... it's perfect. Good thing you sealed it. To me it's actually more attractive than the beck Esquire NOT being beat to hell. But I don't typically drag my guitars behind my truck as I drive to work either. :D
     
  6. KBR

    KBR Member

    Messages:
    1,606
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2004
    Location:
    Central, Oregon &
    Is the rosewood neck bright or dark/bassy sounding?
    I always use contours on Tele's.
     
  7. baimun

    baimun Member

    Messages:
    1,270
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    To my ears, it somewhat curtailed the sharpness of the tele, but still has lots of chime and articulation. I don't want to say "scooped" but it's very "bell like".
     
  8. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

    Messages:
    18,653
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2006
    Location:
    Dude Ranch Above The Sea
    Yes, you ruined the look of it.
     
  9. Pa'ani

    Pa'ani Supporting Member

    Messages:
    11,481
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Location:
    So. Cal
    If it works for you and feels great, then that is all that really matters. It's your guitar!
     
  10. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    20,545
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Location:
    TEXAS
    I don't think you runined it however I'd relic the fool out of it to make it look more like the beck model.
     
  11. Mackerusa

    Mackerusa Supporting Member

    Messages:
    123
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2007
    Location:
    North Dakota
    Did you do it for show or for playibility? If you did it for playibility and you are pleased with the outcome the look doesn't matter. Beck didn't mod his because he thought it looked cool.
     
  12. atquinn

    atquinn Supporting Member

    Messages:
    9,323
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Location:
    Mineola, NY
    As long as it plays well, you didn't ruin it for yourself. However, if you decide to sell it down the line, then, yes, absolutely, it's ruined.

    -Austin
     
  13. Plan9FOS

    Plan9FOS Member

    Messages:
    570
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Sorry, but when one of the poll options is "You sick, twisted bastard ... " I have to go with that regardless ...

    But who cares what it looks like, if it feels great to play you will enjoy it more and play better in the long run.
     
  14. stratotonedude

    stratotonedude Senior Member

    Messages:
    597
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2008
    It appears to be playable. You did some naughty things to it. But you did not ruin it.
     
  15. baimun

    baimun Member

    Messages:
    1,270
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    :AOK

    Maybe the headstock should read "Fender naughtythings"

    :D
     
  16. Grenville

    Grenville Member

    Messages:
    2,377
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Australia
    Not enough!

    See, on JB's the curve of the carve goes from below the strap button to a couple of inches from the waist.

    Show your commitment! :dude

    BTW as a Strat player I love the JB modified guitar and would certainly be happy to do that if/when I get an Esquire.
     
  17. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    16,861
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2002
    Location:
    Trenton, NJ
    I have two parts Teles with solid rosewood necks. I think that's a fair description of how they sound, and they feel GREAT!
     
  18. baimun

    baimun Member

    Messages:
    1,270
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Yes... the feel is so smooth it makes my other guitars (even the oil/wax'd Ernie Ball Music Man necks) jealous. :AOK
     
  19. teleman1

    teleman1 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,461
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2006
    Location:
    AIRY ZONY
    I am not a fan of man made relics. The real deal? I am fine with. Yours looks too perfect for a relic. If I was in your shoes, I would have reliced it all the way or left it alone. THe contours are cool. But I think you need to take it in the alley and drag it and wack it with a chain. Perhaps lightly step on it with cleets on. Spill a tea spoon of oil on it. Oil from your last oil change!
     
  20. pfflam

    pfflam Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    7,060
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2005
    Location:
    PDX: The Rose City
    I like the fact that you made it your own, but personally, if it were mine at this stage I'd refinish it to integrate the contours into the rest of the body, otherwise it sorta looks like it wasn't so much deliberate as it was a misguided 'relic' job . . . which I gather it wasn't. Just what I'd do

    . . . but if it feels good and sounds good that's what counts . . . unless it makes you self conscious while you play it
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2008

Share This Page