Before the Telecaster® forever changed the world in 1951, Leo Fender built several prototype guitars, testing various concepts that found their way into the final result. The Vintage Custom 1950 Double Esquire is a faithful recreation of one of those early models, the incredibly rare dual-pickup Esquire, which was outfitted with some very cool and compelling appointments that we felt modern players and vintage tone hounds alike would appreciate.
It features hand-wound '50-'51 Blackguard pickups offering incredibly fat and juicy tone, coupled with modified '51 Nocaster® wiring and controls. You'll find a blender pot in place of a standard tone control and an additional resistor on the rhythm circuit for sweeter output. The neck features a vintage 7.25"-9.5" compound radius, which we found on some rare examples, giving it a unique feel even among vintage-inspired models. It also features medium vintage frets, which are slightly larger than vintage frets and very comfortable to play.
Other features include a NOS flash-coat lacquer Nocaster Blonde finish, Closet Classic hardware, 2-piece off-center-seam ash body, tinted maple rift-sawn neck with 10/56 "V"-shaped neck profile, 21 medium vintage frets, 3-way switch, black phenolic pickguard, '51-'54 Tele bridge with brass saddles, bone nut, round string tree and vintage-style tuning machines.
The historic precursor to an undisputed legend, the 1950 Double Esquire is a glimpse into the innovations that were pivotal in the development of the Telecaster. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Model Name: Vintage Custom 1950 Double Esquire® NOS, Maple Fingerboard, Nocaster Blonde
Model Number: 9235000563
Series: Vintage Custom
Color: Nocaster® Blonde
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Material: 2-Piece Offset Seam Lightweight Ash
Body Finish: NOS Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Material: Rift Sawn Maple
Neck Shape: 10/56 "V"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" to 9.5" Compound Radius (184 mm to 241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Vintage 50085
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Truss Rod Nut: Vintage-Style Slotted
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
Neck Finish: Flash Coat Lacquer
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
Controls: Volume, Blend
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup With Blender, Position 2. Neck Pickup with Volume, Position 3. Neck Pickup with Volume, 10K Resistor and .001uF Capacitor.
Pickup Configuration: SS
Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Brass Saddles
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Knurled Dome
Switch Tips: Barrel Style
Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
Included Accessories: Fat 50's Tele® Control Assembly, Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity
The guitar is As New, Hardly Played, Includes Everything it came with when new, Mint Condition.
Was $3995 Now $3650
Payment: I accept bank certified check, wire transfer, and Paypal(please add 3%). Layaway: A 30-day layaway option is available, with a 20% non-refundable deposit due to hold the guitar. A guitar purchased under the layaway plan would be sold "AS IS" without an approval period.
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Return Policy: When you receive your shipment, you have 48 hours to approve it, or you may return it for a full refund, less shipping cost. Buyer is responsible for shipping & insurance BOTH ways. You must contact me for return authorization. Refunds will be issued when the guitar is returned to LVG in the same condition as when shipped, and please repack it in the same way you received it. Customers are responsible for return shipping, insurance for the full value of the guitar, and any associated bank charges.