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Fender Esquire, "1960's"

Lake Placid Blue
Rosewood Slab Fingerboard
Master-Built by John English

I picked up my first John English Master Built Fender earlier this year - a '61 Telecaster Custom Relic with a beautiful sunburst finish. I am absolutely in love with that tele. I almost couldn't believe my fortune when I found myself in a position to pick up a second John English this summer - a stunning Custom Esquire, in Lake Placid Blue. And it's every bit as good as the tele. In fact, in some ways, it has an even cooler vibe.

There's a reason why Mr. English's wait list is so long over at the Fender custom shop. His work is fantastic! What strikes me as particularly notable is his neck and fret work. In addition to the tele and esquire, I've had the pleasure of playing a few of his stratocasters as well. They just FEEL so great. My friend, an avid John English fan, says it's the next best thing to true vintage, and I'd have to agree.

This guitar is bound on both the front and back of the body. The slab fingerboard is Rosewood - I believe Brazilian, but I have to check on that. The single hand-wound pickup sounds fantastic, and the three position tone switch is set up to duplicate the original Fender scheme - pickup alone in the bridge position, a little treble rolloff in the middle to simulate a dual pickup sound, and then a lot of treble rolloff in the rhythm position. Leo's original idea for this last circuit was to simulate a bass tone for guitarists who might need it on occasion. This instrument was originally built for Norman's Rare Guitars, and the neck plate is engraved with words to that effect.

This John English Master Built Fender Esquire Custom is in as-new condition, or should I say in original as-reliced condition. The only thing I need to mention is that there is a small amount of discoloration on the neck, apparently the result of interaction between the guitar and a guitar hanger. This took place at Norman's... rather surprising, in my opinion, but I am the second owner of this instrument, and the first owner is a good friend of mine. He keeps all of his guitars on leather hangers, and he bought the instrument with these marks on it. Neither he nor I have tried to remove them. The relicing on this instrument is pretty much confined to the body, where you'll find a considerable amount of finish checking and a few intentional dings. The neck is untouched, and the frets are beautiful. I think the tuners may have been very lightly reliced. Included with the guitar is the original brown tolex case (mint, still has the plastic covering on the latches), and all the case candy (strap, certificate, patch cord, etc., as pictured below.)

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