The new Fender Custom Shop Roasted Pine Double Esquire has just been announced for 2019, this Limited Edition model is a relic and aspires to evoke the spirit of an old ’50s instrument that has been personalised by its owner.
Fender Custom Shop Roasted Pine Double Esquire
This latest Fender Custom Shop guitar is fitted with a hand-wound Crushed Blackguard single-coil bridge pickup and ’50-’51 Blackguard in the neck position. I’m a sucker for Esquires and would associate them with a single bridge pickup normally, but what do I know?
The neck is a classic vintage-style and tinted riftsawn maple neck with 10/56 V shape neck profile and is fitted with 21 medium-vintage frets to a nice 7.25”-9.5” compound-radius fingerboard. So should be a comfy fit whether just chording or soloing up the dusty end with this one.
This guitar has a lightweight Roasted Pine body that has been tastefully aged and then fitted with an appropriate single ply Eggshell pickguard. I like that bare-bones look of white on black, plus that thin nitro finish makes it look classy. Though you can also get it in Desert Tan and Aged Copper, as well as the Aged Black.
The guitar is fitted with a reverse Nocaster bridge with RSD saddles, vintage-style tuning machines and a bone nut.
Wired for tone
This Esquire has Fender’s Nocaster wiring, so position three provides a variation on your standard rhythm tone, whilst position two offers the neck pickup by itself and wired directly to the volume control, Last up, position one is the bridge pickup all by itself, making this a nice simple, but an effective instrument.
Fender doesn’t list the price on their site but just don’t expect much change from three grand for this one. I’m quite taken by it though, so would entertain one even at this price.
RRP – TBC inc deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity