Fender Esquire Custom Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959)

Fender  Esquire Custom Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1959)

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Fender Esquire Custom Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959), made in Fullerton, California, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original tweed hard shell case.

Here is one of our very favorite Fenders; a 1959 bound-body sunburst Custom Esquire. This is a very early example of this relatively rare variation, with no neck date (correct for the second half of 1959 but pots dated to the 47th week of 1958). The Telecaster and Esquire Custom models were Fender's first attempt at 'upscaling' their original Spanish electric, which by 1959 were a nearly ten year old design! The addition of body binding, a sunburst finish, and a slab rosewood fingerboard was intended to dress up the Telecaster and Esquire and make for a slightly more expensive-looking package. "Two Fender Favorites have a startling new look" exclaimed the 1959 brochure introducing the new models.

The "Custom" models were introduced at the NAMM show in June 1959. The three-layer celluloid pickguard was another "custom" appointment; the standard Telecasters kept the single-layer white 'guard for several more years. The Custom models were not sold in large numbers…while more striking-looking they offered no practical advantage over the regular models and were somewhat more expensive. This is definitely a well-loved, heavily played guitar, but it's easy to see why as it maintains a truly spectacular feel and sound.
Overall length is 38 5/8 in. (98.1 cm.), 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This old Esquire shows a lot of wear but remains in very good playing condition; a well-used but finely maintained gigging guitar. The neck finish is mostly worn down to the wood on the back and there is a clear overspray to the headstock; the decal appears to be an older correct style repro. The body finish is totally original, with some moderately heavy wear overall and a water-damaged area along the bottom back edge.

All the original hardware and electronics are present and unaltered except a shortened switch tip. Refretted in the vintage Fender style, there are a number of old divots to the fingerboard but nothing that impedes play. This is a light, superb-sounding, and truly fine player, including a very worn original 50's fender tweed case. Generally Very Good + Condition.