Fender  Esquire Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966), ser. #171981, original black tolex hard shell case.
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Before the Telecaster and the short-lived Broadcaster, there was the Esquire: Fender's first production solid-body electric guitar. The original Esquire came out in 1950 and was produced with either one or two pickups. Apart from standardizing the two pickup layout, the Broadcaster also introduced a truss rod into the neck when it premiered in autumn of that same year. No Esquires were produced from September 1950 to January 1951, when the model was reintroduced as a single pickup counterpart to the Telecaster. By the mid-'50s, the Esquire designed had changed to include a white celluloid pickguard instead of black bakelite. Staggered height pickup poles were also introduced in 1955. 

Years of Production: 1950 - 1969

Unique to this Year: First full year of CBS-era production.

Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Ash, one-piece Maple neck

Design Elements:  One single-coil pickup, white celluloid pickguard, volume and tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length, string thur-body

Finish Specifications: Blonde was a standard finish for the Esquire.

Product Specs

  • Esquire with Maple Fretboard
  • Esquire with Rosewood Fretboard
  • Blonde
  • 1965 - 1969
Made In
  • United States
Body Material
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • T-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • String-Through
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Maple
  • Rosewood
Model Family
  • Esquire
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • S
Product Family
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
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