1955 Fender Esquire in its original Blonde finish, with an original 1957 Fender Esquire neck with the "V" neck profile. We are speculating that the original owner of this uncirculated Esquire, for reasons unknown, had the neck replaced by Fender in '57. It's possible he favored Fender's new neck profile, and ordered the replacement neck for that reason. The string tree is from '57, but it appears the tuning keys are earlier and most likely the original keys to the guitar from 1955. The serial number dates the guitar to early '55, but the factory tape in the control cavity dates to November of 1954 along with the name "Virginia", and the one readable pot dates to the 37th week of 1954. In the photos below you will see the matching serial number hand-written underneath the finish on the top of the body, and again on a piece of masking tape that was applied to the underside of the tailpiece. All parts on the body are original. It even has the original "ashtray" cover with the factory solder on the underside. It has a great playing neck with original frets that are in amazing condition with very little wear. The weight is a very comfortable 6 lbs. 15.6 oz. A later '60's Fender hardshell case is included.This vintage Esquire is in great shape with some nicks + dings, finish checking, and other minor cosmetic wear. There is a spot at the top of the headstock that first resembled a cigarette burn, but it is actually a natural darker area in the wood with a pattern that matches on both the front and back of the headstock. Everything remains structurally sound with no cracks, breaks, or repairs. All electronics work and sound great.
For customers in the United States we accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express cards for payment, as well as bank wire transfers, Paypal, postal money orders, Western Union, or personal checks (we must wait about 2 weeks for the checks to clear before shipping the item). For international customers, we can accept Paypal, a bank wire transfer, or Western Union. If paying with a credit card please call us with your payment information at 618-201-5848 and we can usually ship the guitar out the same day.
Our guitars are usually packed the same business day that we receive payment. We take the utmost care when packing our guitars and basses to assure that they arrive safely. We detune all guitars so that there is no tension on the neck, then the guitar is packed inside the case so that it does not move during shipment. After the guitar is safely packaged inside the case we wrap the case with several layers of half-inch tall bubble wrap. After the guitar is wrapped it is placed into one of our custom-made double-walled cardboard boxes of the appropriate size. We then use packing peanuts or packing paper to fill any negative space in the box so that the guitar is secured with several inches of padding and does not move around. This way, even if the guitar is mishandled during shipment, it will arrive safe and sound. Our guitars are usually shipped the same business day that we receive payment. Most of our guitars are shipped UPS, and items are always fully insured. If you would like a guitar shipped with FedEx or USPS, please let us know and we can accommodate your needs. Because of insurance the price of shipping will vary, so please email us for an exact shipping quote. Shipping for most guitars will be around $50.
If you feel that we have misrepresented anything, please contact us within 48 hours, and ship the guitar back to us. After we receive the guitar and it is in the same condition as when it was sold, we will give you a full refund minus the shipping charges.