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    1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    I've been very negligent. I've had this guitar for several months, but I haven't found the time to photograph it until today. It's a MONSTER guitar. I got it from my long time friend, and Tom's brother, Bart Wittrock. Bart and I have been horsetrading for decades.
    As soon as I got it, I sent it to Hogy at Komet Amps to refret it for me. Hogy, as far as I'm concerned is the best in the business, and the job he did on this one is incredible. It's got that fine feeling 55 neck which is full with a slight V.
    The pickup in it kicks ass. It's a total rock n' roll guitar.
    Best of all, it came from right here in Houston, Texas. The case has a "Parker Music Co." sticker on it.
    Here she is fellas!

























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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Now it is mandatory that you gig with it with The Relics and post some pictures!!!!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    that gorgeous and the photography really seems to bring out the curvature of that 7.25" radius. I'd love to play that. How much does it weigh?
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Mike Slubowski

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by BluesForDan View Post
    How much does it weigh?

    It's not a real light one. It weighs about 7 and a 1/2 pounds. That might explain some of its rocker tendencies.

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Love Esquires......just honest guitars in so many ways.
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    That is fab - well done.
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Love those V-necks!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Awesome guitar, but dumb question - whats the pickup selector switch for on an esquire?

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Very very cool guitar! Congrats

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Oh yeah!

    The farther you go, the closer you are.

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    I love the necks on Fenders from '55. HNVGD!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Nice!
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Super cool, Charlie!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Damn!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Jim Weider would be proud.
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Really sweet guitar. I'm jealous, but happy for you at the same time.


    Quote Originally Posted by DougDR94 View Post
    Awesome guitar, but dumb question - whats the pickup selector switch for on an esquire?
    It switches in & out different tone filters. One position is raw, stright pick up, tone, volume. Another position adds a capacitor, for more bass, & the last gives it more of a mid focus.... I believe.
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Beauty!
    the faster we go the rounder we get

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Ah, nothing like a good "Tele Jr"

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    I like your idea of well-setup action...

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    It switches in & out different tone filters. One position is raw, stright pick up, tone, volume. Another position adds a capacitor, for more bass, & the last gives it more of a mid focus.... I believe.[/QUOTE]


    Thank you. Nice feature - Leo Fender always kept players in mind.

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Great Pics CD. '50s Tele's and Esquires are like "Crack" to me.
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Awesome! Need to christen it by playing some appropriate Yardbirds covers on it.....REALLY you need to do that!
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by thunderkyss View Post
    It switches in & out different tone filters. One position is raw, stright pick up, tone, volume. Another position adds a capacitor, for more bass, & the last gives it more of a mid focus.... I believe.
    AFAIK
    Towards knob: straight pickup, no tone control
    Middle: pickup with tone control, less 'raw'
    Towards neck: added filters make the sound bass-y, like a thumpy surf or standup bass when clean? I call it the 'mud' setting.

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lpnv59 View Post
    Awesome! Need to christen it by playing some appropriate Yardbirds covers on it.....REALLY you need to do that!
    Indeed! I could only find a video of Jeff miming it with his 'Burst, so here's Paging "Over Under Sideways Down" on his Tele:


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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Leo was a genius. Don't get more honest than that. A Tele straight into an old Tweed....... The Truth !

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    CD, I recently joined the Parker Music Co. club.






    Last edited by Fried okra; Today at 00:00. Reason: No reason, just felt like making it look like I edited it.



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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    That's so cool! Joe B. has one too!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    What is with Texas and awesome vintage guitars?

    Congrats, a dream guitar for sure.

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    I love the wide grain. Approved.

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Very cool guitar!
    Game on!

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Very cool FO. Love that "Broadcaster" decal

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    Very cool FO. Love that "Broadcaster" decal
    Thanks JD. Haven’t been able to put it down today.
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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Badass guitar and photos...my one unfulfilled guitar desire has been to own and play an Esquire.

    Have owned two 1950s Teles.

    Searched for years for a light weight, relatively clean blackguard Esquire with a "P90 in disguise" pick up.

    Maybe some day I'll find her.

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    Re: 1955 Fender Esquire...this one is a rocker!!!

    Yep, it's all that!
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