Fender Custom Shop
Fender Custom Shop Vintage Custom 1950 Double Esquire® NOS, Maple Fingerboard, Nocaster Blonde
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 NUMBER 9235000563
SERIES Vintage Custom
COLOR Nocaster® Blonde
BODY FINISH NOS Flash Coat Lacquer
BODY SHAPE Telecaster®
BODY MATERIAL 2-Piece Offset Seam Ash
NECK MATERIAL Rift Sawn Maple
NECK FINISH Flash Coat Lacquer
NECK SHAPE 10/56 "V"
FINGERBOARD RADIUS 7.25" to 9.5" Vintage Compound Radius (184 mm to 241 mm)
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL Maple
NUMBER OF FRETS 21
FRET SIZE Medium Vintage
NUT WIDTH 1.650" (42 mm)
POSITION INLAYS Black Dot
TRUSS ROD NUT Vintage-Style Slotted
NECK PLATE 4-Bolt
BRIDGE 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Brass Saddles
TUNING MACHINES Vintage-Style
PICKGUARD 1-Ply Black
CONTROL KNOBS Knurled Dome
BRIDGE PICKUP Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50/'51 Blackguard
NECK PICKUP Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50/'51 Blackguard
CONTROLS Master Volume, Blend
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.