Fender / Esquire / 1967 / Olympic White / Guitar For Sale
Prior to the introduction of the Broadcaster in October 1950, the Esquire was the first guitar offered by the fledgling Fender company. These were offered in single or double pickup configurations. Re-introduced by the company in 1951, the Esquire represented a more cost effective alternative to the Broadcaster/Telecaster.
This guitar is in excellent shape. The original Olympic White finish has faded which is very evident when you compare the finish under the pick guard. There are the expected bumps and knocks with the finish worn through at the edges, but the overall look is quite clean. Interestingly, this particular example has always remained an Esquire from day one and has never been converted to a Tele, which is pretty rare!
The neck to looks good. The subtle specks of the birds eye maple give it an interesting movement which is amplified by the darkened clear coat. The lacquer has retained its gloss and has escaped any real damage. The fretboard too exhibits no real wear and the frets have some life left in them. The nut has been changed at some stage and the headstock has only some light crazing and the transitional decal is still strong. At some point different tuners have been on but you have to look very closely and you can just about see the evidence hiding in between the correct double line Klusons that are on there now.
Electronically, the original pickup was rewound recently and the guitar came to use with all the capacitors changed. These have been replaced with period correct reproductions from Luxe. The pots and selector switch and all other wiring are correct.
The guitar comes with a Black Tolex Fender hardshell case that is a few years younger than the guitar.
This guitar certainly has plenty to offer sonically. The guitar feels so light and each position of the selector switch yields such wonderfully usable tones, making you question if you’d ever need a neck pickup ever again. Never harsh but with plenty of bite, this guitar is any to play.
Not a common sight here at ATB but fans of the Esquire will not be disappointed with this one. Grab it before it gets away.
ATB Guitars, UK
Hello we’re ATB Guitars.
We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.
Payment and p/x:
All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc.
Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.
Postage and shipping:
We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:
UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275