70th Anniversary Esquire®
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.
- Roasted Pine body
- One-piece maple neck with 7.25” radius fingerboard and 21 vintage-tall frets
- Tim Shaw Designed Esquire bridge pickup
- Esquire Tone Circuit
- Custom neckplate
The nitrocellulose lacquer finish not only lets the body breathe with its true tonal character, it also ages and wears in a distinctively personal way.
TIM SHAW-DESIGNED ESQUIRE PICKUP
Designed by pickup guru Tim Shaw, this single-coil pickup recreates the tone of the earliest Esquire models.
THICK “U” NECK SHAPE
The Esquire features a “U”-shaped neck profile for the substantial fret-hand feel typical of instruments from our original decade.
VINTAGE-ACCURATE BODY AND NECK RADII
Original-era fans can rest assured every curve and line of the body and neck are accurate to the historic originals.
ANNIVERSARY NECK PLATE
Commemorative neck plate celebrates 70 years of the Esquire.
ROASTED PINE BODY
Like some of the earliest Esquire guitars, this model is built with a pine body. Lightweight, with a punchy and complex tone, we've upgraded it further with our roasting treatment, greatly improving the resonance of the body.
Body MaterialRoasted Pine
Body FinishGloss Lacquer
Neck FinishGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape'50 Broadcaster® "U"
Scale Length25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius7.25" (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets21
Fret SizeVintage Tall
Nut Width1.650" (42 mm)
Position InlaysBlack Dot
Bridge PickupTim Shaw Designed Esquire Bridge Pickup
ControlsMaster Volume, Master Tone
Switching3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge (Tone control off), Position 2. Bridge (Tone control on), Position 3. Bridge (Tone control off, preset treble roll-off)
Bridge3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Solid Barrel Steel Saddles
Pickguard1-Ply Black Phenolic
Control KnobsKnurled Dome
StringsFender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
Legal NoticeWARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Case/Gig BagDeluxe Hardshell
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
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