Fender 1954 Esquire
I first heard a Fender Esquire, the mighty single-pickup version of the more famous dual-pickup Telecaster when I got my first Yardbirds album in 1966. One of my favorite songs of the time "Heart Full of Soul" had one of my favorite guitar players of all time Jeff Beck, playing an Esquire on it. A 1954 Fender Esquire that Jeff just purchased for around $60.00 was heard all over this album. Jeff Beck also played in one of my favorite all time movies "Blow Up" directed by one of my favorite directors of the time Michelangelo Antonioni. Therefore it is not a coincidence that one of my favorite all time guitars would have to be the Fender Esquire. I have a gaggle of vintage Esquires myself and have always been amazed by the killer sounding pickup that they put in this model. This Fender 1954 Esquire was put together in early January of that year according to all the original matching dates in the control cavity, neck and body. It is in absolutely spectacular original condition and has the original Fender brown form fitted case from that period.