Fender / John English Masterbuilt Esquire Proto / 2005 / Guitar

We have here an amazing and unique guitar, masterbuilt by the greatest and most famous Master Builder from the Fender Custom Shoop, John English, and completed in late 2005 as a prototype for the Masterbuilt 50s”Stealth Esquire” that was to be produced in 2006. Only 100 pieces of the Masterbuilt 50s”Stealth Esquire” were built, and some sold for over 12’000$ recently, but only one prototype of this serie was built, here we have and sell that very unique prototype !!

So what should we say about a unique Prototype ?? John was the chief Master Builder and Shop Manager at the Custom Shop until his untimely passing in June 2007. This unique guitar was started in 2005 and served as the prototype for the 2006 Masterbuilt 50s”Stealth Esquire”. It bears a serial number on the neckplate, a discreet Master Builder decal on the back of the headstock and a handwritten note English “Proto” 2006 on the back of the body. After John’s passing, that guitar stayed at the Custom Shop and Gernold Linke, the manager of the Europe Custom Shop and good friend of Johh, heard about this prototype and asked to get it. Jeff Guisto, back then manager of the USA Custom Shop agreed to give this instrument to Gernold and brought it to Europe, along with a backdated COA signed by him. This unique Proto was part of Gernold Linke collection for years and we’re the first to offer it for sale.



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LEADMUSIC opened in 2002. After years of playing music in several bands and managing a music shop here in Geneva, I decided it was time to get the best gear around and offer that to professional musicians aswell. It’s been a few years now since I don’t work alone anymore and it’s our promise to you that we will get you the highest quality at the best price possible while offering you exceptional customer service.

This website shows most of the products you’ll find at LEADMUSIC. As you might understand, we concentrate our stock and our interest on high quality gear, Custom Made and Boutique brands. These Top of the Line products are the best of their categorie, gives amazing results and sounds and technical service (if needed…) is handeled by LEADMUSIC or the original factory by usually replacing the deffect unit (since failure barely happens…)

Also, for regular gear and more common brands, LEADMUSIC has so many connections and good relationship around the world that almost everything can be ordered through either the official distributors or the original manufacturers. Your requests and orders are our priority and we’ll take care to satisfy you as fast and as well as possible,


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