Jeff Beck Esquire Relic

Pretty much everyone knows about the Telecaster and its rich history from the 1949 prototypes to its initial release as the “Broadcaster” and later changed to “Telecaster” after it was discovered Gretsch already used the first name on a drum set. The single pickup Fender Esquire, however, remains a much more mysterious beast. But of all the trivia one might gather about it, the Esquire’s most significant claim to fame is that it was the first guitar to be recorded spewing forth white-hot feedback in the hands of Jeff Beck on his original recordings with the Yardbirds. Bought by Beck for just $60 in 1964 from the original owner, it already had a contour carved into the White Blonde ash body to try and give it somewhat of the look and feel of a Stratocaster (though not very successfully). Jeff destroyed several necks while the guitar was in his possession. The current neck is a ’57 with a soft “V” shape, but the body is pure ’54. Beck presented this guitar as a gift to pickup guru Seymour Duncan in 1974, who smartly kept it in its original condition. Now, Fender’s Custom Shop has released a limited run of only 150 spot-on Masterbuilt replicas, with no dealer allowed more than one guitar! This alone guarantees that the Jeff Beck Esquire will become one of the most collectible of all Fender’s limited run Tribute Series guitars. The White Blonde, lacquer-finished ash body has been meticulously “distressed” until it looks (to any human eye) to be an exact clone of Jeff’s original, down to the smallest scratches and dings (even the unsuccessful attempt to “Strat” the feel). It has the single-ply black pickguard, a ’51 “Nocaster” bridge pickup and lots of goodies that include a DVD interview with Jeff, a Limited Edition Certificate, the Jeff Beck Box Set and 8×10 photo. Also comes with a limited edition flight case and vintage-style gig bag. Pure mojo of the highest degree! Fender Jeff Beck Relic Esquire Features at a Glance:
Limited Custom Shop run of just 150 worldwide (86 in North America)
White Blonde ash body with black, single-ply pickguard in special Relic finish
1957-style maple neck and fingerboard with soft “V” shape
Special 1951 “Nocaster” bridge pickup and vintage hardware
Limited Edition flight case, vintage gig bag, lots of “case candy”

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