Fender Custom Shop Vintage Custom 1950 Double Esquire, NOS, Maple Fingerboard – Nocaster Blonde
Weight: 3.203 Kilo
MORE ABOUT VINTAGE CUSTOM 1950 DOUBLE ESQUIRE®
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.
Fender Custom Shop Vintage Custom series instruments represent early, almost prototypical, transitional and “first rev” versions of classic Fender models before they were refined into their present-day form. Featuring a few subtle modifications for enhanced playability and tone, some models incorporate prototypical features that barely saw the light of day while others have rarely seen transitional parts combinations that may have been used during the instrument’s development.
All of the Vintage Custom models feature our “Time Capsule” aging package. Combining our original “No Buff” NOS Flash Coat Lacquer finish with Closet Classic hardware, the Time Capsule package grants these instruments the charming appearance, authentic sound and genuine mojo of an extremely lucky vintage find.
N.O.S. (New Old Stock)
As if you bought it new—in 1954.
Models from the past that have survived to the present day looking brand new. An all-lacquer finish that looks as if it hasn’t aged at all—as if you went back in time and bought it.
Model Name:Vintage Custom 1950 Double Esquire® NOS, Maple Fingerboard, Nocaster® Blonde
Body Material:2-Piece Offset Seam Ash
Body Finish:NOS Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Material:Rift Sawn Maple
Neck Shape:10/56 “V”
Scale Length:25.5″ (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius:7.25″ to 9.5″ Vintage Compound Radius (184 mm to 241 mm)
Number of Frets:21
Fret Size:Medium Vintage
Nut Width:1.650″ (42 mm)
Truss Rod Nut:Vintage-Style Slotted
Neck Finish:Flash Coat Lacquer
Position Inlays:Black Dot
Bridge Pickup:Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’50/’51 Blackguard
Neck Pickup:Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’50/’51 Blackguard
Pickup 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.
Bridge:3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Brass Saddles
Control Knobs:Knurled Dome
Switch Tips:Barrel Style
Strings:Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
Included Accessories:Fat 50’s Tele® Control Assembly, Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity