The very first solid-body electric guitar offered by Fender in 1950 was the Esquire. With an elegant single-cutaway silhouette, adjustable 3-saddle bridge and a lone, repurposed lap-steel pickup in the bridge position – the Esquire laid the groundwork for all solidbody electric guitars to follow and foreshadowed its more famous sibling, the Telecaster.
Like the earliest Esquire models, the 70th Anniversary Esquire features a pine body – a lightweight wood known for punchy and complex tone – and upgrades it with our roasting treatment, greatly improving the resonance of the body. Other features include a lacquer finish, thick “U”-shaped neck, Tim Shaw-designed Esquire bridge pickup – inspired by an original ’50 Esquire from Songbirds Museum in Chattanooga, TN - special anniversary neck plate and tweed case.
Production of the 70th Anniversary Esquire will be limited to 2020 only.
- Body Shape: Telecaster®
- Body Material: Roasted Pine
- Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Neck Profile: ’50s Broadcaster® “U”
- Fretboard Material: Maple
- Fretboard Radius: 7.25 (184.1 mm)
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
- No. of Frets: 21 Vintage Tall Frets
- Fretboard Inlays: Black Dot
- Pickup: Tim Shaw Designed Esquire Bridge Pickup
- Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Solid Barrel Steel Saddles
- Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
- Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
- Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
- Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome