Fender Custom Shop -- Front Row Legend Esquire
(Hollywood Bowl Guitar -- Seat # 5)
ONLY 40 of these guitars exist in the WORLD.
The Front Row Legend Esquire is a Fender Custom Shop limited edition item. There were 15 allocated to the USA, 15 allocated to Europe, and 10 allocated to Australia and Asia.
(This guitar is brand new. It has not been played and is straight from the authorized vendor that purchased the guitar from Fender, to me. Next stop is your studio. The guitar was only removed from its case to be photographed.)
Master builder Yuriy Shishkov used reclaimed wood from the Hollywood Bowl's original bench boards for this build. The Front Row Legend Esquire guitar is a work of art and a piece of history.
From its humble beginnings as a makeshift stage to its now-legendary
status as one of the best concert venues in Southern California, the
Hollywood Bowl is part of the rich tapestry of Hollywood history. This
natural outdoor amphitheater has hosted performances by some of the most
well-known and respected artists of every musical genre; from Frank
Sinatra to Jimi Hendrix and everyone in-between, the Hollywood Bowl has
been bathed in pure musical magic for decades.
Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov captured and distilled
that mojo, adding a healthy infusion of Fender's timeless style and
history with the incredible Front Row Legend Esquire. This guitar is
crafted from 100-year-old Alaskan yellow cedar reclaimed from the
original bench boards that have been resonating with the sounds
emanating from “The Bowl” since 1919.
The heritage of the Front Row Legend Esquire doesn't stop with the wood;
its design is based on the legendary single-pickup precursor to the
Telecaster. This guitar has the same punchy tone and snappy attack that
vintage Esquire guitars are known for, but with the added touches only a
Masterbuilt guitar can have.
Vintage enthusiasts are sure to love everything about this guitar from
its ‘60s-style “Oval C”-shaped quartersawn maple neck, 7.25"-radius
fingerboard and vintage frets, to its original-spec Broadcaster bridge
pickup, oxidized brass hardware and push-pull volume pot for additional
tonal flexibility. The wood's original patina, with its cracks, bolt
holes and scratches is preserved, and the boards were hand-selected for
the coolest and most distinct markings. Every guitar also has a
different original "seat number" on the top of the body, so each is
truly unique. An ultra-thin satin finish is then applied to preserve the
look of the wood in its original condition.
Hold a piece of history in your hands and join the ranks of the legends
that have graced the Hollywood Bowl's stage with the Front Row Legend
SEE VIDEO on Yuriy Shishkov, the Fender Custom Shop and the building of the Front Row Legend Esquire (Hollywood Bowl Guitar) by searching: "Front Row Legend Esquire Turns Hollywood Bowl Benches into Playable Art" in any search engine. Or, just click on the blue bar "The Making of a Legend".