Original 1953 Fender Esquire Tadeo Gomez Vintage Blackguard Pre-cbs (telecaster)
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Original 1953 Fender Esquire Tadeo Gomez Vintage Blackguard Pre-cbs (telecaster):
Hello,I'm selling my original vintage 1953 Fender Esquire made by the legendary Fender builderTadeo 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 withTadeo 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, playTadeo Gomez guitars.
The guitar is just great! 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 is currently strung with DR 10's, this 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 Neckhas 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 theoriginal pots, caps and switchin place.(This was common, Fender even sold neck pickups and pickguards as an "upgrades" for an Esquire in the 50's and 60's)
The Original black bakelite pickguard is gone, It has a newer bakelite pickguard that although isn't original looks great on the guitar.
I know some of the screws for the pickguard and control plates aren't original to the guitar but I'm 100% sure which ones.
Ugliest thing about this guitar is that the past owner couldn't make up his mind about what kind of input jack plate he wanted so there are extra holes.The holes don't bother me so I just left them, they could be filled easily.
This guitar is 60 years old and play 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!I REALLY don't want to sell cause I love is guitar and it's irreplaceable. So it kills me to list it for sale but I have to come up with some money to pay a debt.
If my reserve is not met in this sale, I'll keep the guitar. I will not relist this guitar! If you want it, offer on it or wait till the next one comes along, if you think you'll live that long. Who knows what it'll cost you then, so start saving.
Please feel free to ask any question before offerding.I would prefer a face to face pick up but I will ship as long as the buyer is willing to pay all shipping and insuring costs that come from shipping a guitar of this value.On May-03-13 at 11:55:57 PDT, seller added the following information:
From looking at the Fender Neck Shapes online, I would say this is a "soft V".It's not like the " V 's " that I've played so for that reason I thought it could have been a " U " shape, But from what the internet says " U " shapes are on the fatter side which this one is not.The neck on this Esquire is NOT a baseball bat! It's either a "soft V" or a thin "U" shape.Tadeo did these all by hand, I'm not sure if he even used shaping gauge.
Hope this helps guys.