"Originally my work was design, modification, repair, and custom building. I guess you would say the objectives were durability, performance, and tone." - Leo Fender

Our goal with our Fender Custom Shop builds is to, in essence, retell the Fender story while also tipping our hat to the players who made them famous. In short, we tried to get as close as possible to the vibe, feel, tone, and specs of the old guitars. Each mark, ding, or worn spot telling a story of countless hours on the road or in the studio. There's a magic to that idea that we can't help but be inspired by, and as we all know, Leo and crew got it right from the start. Why mess with a great thing?

The Esquire represents ground zero for Leo Fender's genius, and, simply ground zero for solid-body electric guitars, period. So many of Leo's design ideas are present - the body shape, bolt-on neck, 6 inline tuners, individually adjustable saddles, height adjustable pickup...all the things we take for granted came together on this groundbreaking guitar. As such, we felt it'd be an enormous oversight to not stock an Esquire. 

Single pickup guitars possess a magic, for lack of a better word, that 2 and 3 pickup guitars simply don't have. "Yeah, but I can't do as much with just one pickup. I have to have a neck pickup!" Respectfully disagree. The simplicity an Esquire offers is precisely where the magic lies - ie, in your hands and ears. It's very, very similar to playing a great acoustic guitar - just louder of course. Want it brighter? Pick by the saddles. Warmer? Pick by the neck...roll the volume down a touch, use the 3-way switch to access additional tones (yes, it still uses a 3-way!). Lots to do, folks, but it's up to you the player to make it happen. 

Ash body, vintage butterscotch nitro finish, round string tree, serial number stamped on the bridge plate, flat pole bridge pickup, vintage wiring...the only modern touch we spec'd was a 7.25-9.5" compound radius. To our hands, a 7.25" radius is part of the Fender magic, while the 9.5" higher up on the fingerboard insures easy bending. Perfect! 

The Fender Custom Shop has always produced killer instruments, but we have to say, they are at the top of their game these days. Just a phenomenal guitar, period. Priced with hardshell case. 


  • Butterscotch, Journeyman Relic 
  • 2-piece Ash body, sorted for light weight
  • Maple neck, rift sawn
  • Nocaster U neck carve (.95"-1.0")
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 7.25-9.5" compound radius 
  • Black dots
  • 6105 Frets, 21
  • '51 Nocaster bridge pickup
  • "Full Throttle" wiring harness
  • 10-46 Strings 
  • Fender Hardshell Case
  • SN R166629
  • 7lbs

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