New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop digs deep into the history of Fender’s earliest solid-body guitar with the introduction of a fascinating new model—the 1950 Double Esquire. Back then, the single-pickup Esquire debuted in April 1950 as Fender’s very first solid body electric Spanish guitar, joined a few months later in October 1950 by a two-pickup model. The new Custom Shop 1950 Double Esquire honors the models of that formative year and then some, with a distinctive combination of finely crafted features that make it very much its own machine.
Producing balanced highs and sweet midrange with lively resonance, the two-piece select ash body has an off-center seam and wears one of four aged Blonde lacquer finish treatments: Deluxe Closet Classic Faded Nocaster® Blonde, Journeyman Relic® Nocaster Blonde, Relic Aged Nocaster Blonde or Heavy Relic Aged Nocaster Blonde. Each finish treatment conveys the look, feel and vibe of a guitar that has either seen decades of relatively light use and great care or quite the opposite—a hard-fought lifetime of near-constant use, abuse and heavy wear.
The one-piece rift sawn maple neck is sculpted with a 1950-style “Blackguard” profile for comfortable and period-correct full-hand feel, topped by a vintage compound-radius (7.5”-9.5”) maple fingerboard with 21 medium vintage (47095) frets and a bone nut. Dual Custom Shop hand-wound ’50-’51 Blackguard pickups with modded ’51 Nocaster wiring deliver clear, crisp highs with well-balanced midrange and low end, with the extra versatility of blend control for both pickups.
Other premium features include a single-ply black phenolic pickguard, three-way pickup switch, ’51-’54 Telecaster® bridge with brass barrel saddles, vintage-style tuners, disc string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.
|Body Material:||2-Piece Select Ash with Offset Seam|
|Body Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Material:||1-Piece Rift Sawn Maple|
|Neck Shape:||1950 Blackguard|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.77 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" to 9.5" Vintage Compound Radius (184 mm to 241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Vintage|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo|
|Neck Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Fingerboard:||1-Piece Rift Sawn Maple Neck|
|Position Inlays:||Black Micarta, 0.25" (6.35 mm)|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50/'51 Blackguard|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50/'51 Blackguard|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Blend|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup (Neck Pickup with Blend control), Position 2. Neck Pickup with No Tone control, Position 3. Neck Pickup with Preset Deep Rhythm Tone|
|Bridge:||'51-'54 Tele® Bridge with Brass Barrel Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Vintage-Style with Fender Logo|
|Pickguard:||1-Ply Black Phenolic|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Chrome|
|Switch Tips:||Barrel Style, Black|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.|