The birth of the Fender Esquire in 1950 forever changed the landscape of solid body electric guitars. With its simple yet revolutionary design featuring a single-cutaway pine body, bolt-on maple neck, and a repurposed lap-steel pickup in the bridge position, the Esquire made its mark as the first mass-produced six-string.
But the Esquire's significance goes far beyond its pioneering role. It has remained a vital part of the guitar world throughout history. Luther Perkins used it to create the iconic boom-chicka-boom sound while backing Johnny Cash, while Syd Barrett explored psychedelic realms with Pink Floyd using the Esquire. Paul McCartney rocked one on the Beatles' "Helter Skelter," and Steve Cropper recorded Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" with his Esquire. It can be heard on Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" and seen on the cover of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run. The Fender Esquire undeniably holds the title of iconic.
However, if there is one defining feature that sets the Esquire apart, it is its single bridge pickup. Teamed with a unique wiring schematic, this configuration delivers a distinctive, attention-grabbing sound that is percussive, responsive, and rich. The 70th Anniversary Esquire pays homage to this signature element with a Tim Shaw Designed single coil inspired by an original '50 Esquire from the Songbirds Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Shaw pickup is controlled by master volume and tone knobs, accompanied by the classic Esquire three-position blade switch that offers a wide range of sonic options, including preset treble roll-off and the ability to engage or bypass the tone control.
To further enhance its allure, the 70th Anniversary Esquire is available in four stunning finishes that cater to both traditional and contemporary tastes. From the timeless White Blonde and 2-Color Sunburst to the cool and modern Lake Placid Blue and Surf Green, there is a finish to suit every preference. No matter which option you choose, the 70th Anniversary Esquire stands as an exceptional and upgraded tribute to the original single-cutaway, single-pickup classic. Rock 'n' roll begins and continues to thrive with this extraordinary instrument.