This is one sweet 1954 Fender Esquire in butterscotch blonde. At just 6.8 pounds this white guard Esquire is not only nice and light but is a great player with a vibrant tone. It has an ash body with a maple neck and headstock. The 21 fret neck with black dots has a 25 1/2" scale length and is slightly under 1 10/16" at the nut. It has the original nut with slightly widened slots. The frets are all original with some wear but are in good shape for the age of the guitar. The four digit serial number, 13_ _, is engraved on the bridge plate. Typical of these early Fenders there is no writing on butt end of the neck or inside the neck pocket. Early Esquires had a single pickup installed but were routed at the factory for two pickups in the event an owner wanted to add a pickup. Probably in the 1950s, judging from the wiring, the black neck pickup was added. The original black bridge pickup has flat poles. The pickups have plenty of output with readings of 6.25k for the neck pickup 6.53k for the bridge pickup. There are two original chrome knobs with knurled sides and dome tops for volume and tone control. The white pickguard has nine screws, four of which were added probably when the neck pickup was installed. Other features include original individual "no name" Kluson tuners with small oval buttons, a Fender decal logo on the headstock with the model "Esquire" and a round string guide, a newer chrome neck plate and an original bridge with 3/16" brass saddles with flat bottoms. The wiring appears to be all original except the added pickup wiring (very old) and a large yellow Mallory capacitor with a red wire connecting the switch. The pots are original and one has visible writing that reads 304107 250K which suggests it is a Stackpole from the 7th week of 1951. CRL1452 is written on the original three way switch. There is arm and edge wear on the body along with buckle rash and wear on the back of the guitar. The grain of the ash is visible beneath the thin layer of blonde finish. While the back of the neck has some hand wear there are no gouges and it has a nice smooth feel. The soft V shaped neck is comfortable. The bridge pickup has a bright tone and the neck pickup is darker with a jazz tone. This is a great playing instrument with plenty of snap and no buzz. It comes with a late 1950s vintage side pocket tweed case with brown leather corners and a plush red lining. Give us a call anytime between Saturday and Wednesday and ask for Joel, for a hands on description or email us for additional photos.
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