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 Shape: Esquire® Body Material: 2-Piece Select Ash with Offset Seam Body Finish: Flash Coat 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 String Nut: Bone Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm) Headstock: Telecaster® Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo Neck Finish: Flash Coat 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 Pickup Configuration: SS Bridge: '51-'54 Tele® Bridge with Brass Barrel Saddles Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo Orientation: Right-Hand Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome 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.

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  • Custom Shop '50 Reissue Esquire Relic
  • Custom
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Finish Features
  • Relic
Body Shape
  • T-Style
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Model Family
Number of Frets
  • 21

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Willcutt Guitars

Lexington, KY, United States
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