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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

1953 FENDER ESQUIRE TADEO GOMEZ VINTAGE BLACKGUARD PRE-CBS


via this auction

"Up for sale is a vintage 1953 Fender Esquire made by the legendary Fender builder Tadeo Gomez.
The Holy grail of Fender Esquire's! Pre dating the Stratocaster which came out the following year 1954.
The neck pocket on the body is marked ( Tadeo 12-24-52 ) and the neck looks to read ( TG 1-2-53 ) which would make this Fender Esquire 1953 production model. The serial number that's stamped on the bridge (pre-neck plate) is 2252. If your not familiar with Tadeo Gomez and his work in the early days of the fender electric instrument company, you should google his name and you'll find his work is the most sought after of all the original Fender builders. Playing this guitar I understand why guys like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour and so many other great players, play Tadeo Gomez guitars.

The guitar is one of a kind and incredibly rare! It's just like an old friend, once you pick it up you know "this is the real deal". It's not like some BS re-issue or relic.
(some of which are nice, don't get me wrong) but they don't even come close to the mojo this thing has.
Action is low and the guitar plays AMAZINGLY well. It just sings!
My girl friend calls it "the vortex guitar" cause once I pick it up time just seem to get away from me and hours will pass. This thing is just unreal.
The body and neck fit so well, that even after 60+ years the neck has never needed a shim. The action is set at .60/.40 at 12th fret with no buzz!
Intonation is great, original tuners keep in to tune after hours of playing. The guitar it's self in light in weight and has plenty of sustain.
Pickup is hot and bitty, No pedals needs good sound, this thing even makes scrappy amps sound good.
You can dial in lots of killer tones with it, I personally don't miss the neck pickup with the way the Esquire circuit layout. I guess that was Leo's plan and I'd say it worked.

Original to the guitar,

The Neck has original finish, tuners, nut and frets. (frets aren't worn out!)
Original Pickup, bridge plate/saddles, control plate, Knobs, switch, pots, Caps, input jack plate and strap buttons.


Changes

The body was stripped ( I believe in the 50's ). The body have NEVER been routed or contoured! Other then the finish being stripped and a couple extra holes, this three piece Ash body is completely stock.

At one point it had a neck pickup installed and the wiring was converted to Telecaster circuit, then it was switched back to the original esquire circuit keeping the original pots, caps and switch in place.
(This was common, Fender even sold neck pickups and pickguards as an "upgrades" for an Esquire in the 50's and 60's)

It has a newer bakelite pickguard that looks great on the guitar.

Some of the screws for the pickguard and control plates aren't original to the guitar but I'm 100% sure which ones.

There are some extra holes around the input jack. The holes don't bother me so I just left them, they could be filled easily.

This guitar is 60 years old and playa beautifully! They don't make them like this any more! The is a true relic and it one of a kind. I've never seen or played another guitar this nice in all my travels at any price point!.."



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