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2018 Fender Custom Shop '59 Esquire Custom Journeyman Relic Lake Placid Blue, Mint w/ Case & COA


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Up for sale, a 2018 Fender Custom Shop '59 Esquire Custom Journeyman Relic in showroom clean condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and COA. Part of Fender's Time Machine series of faithful Custom Shop reissues of golden age Fender models, this Esquire Custom features an aged Lake Placid Blue nitro lacquer finish on an alder body, framed by cream top and back binding. A round C quartersawn maple neck, thick slab Indian rosewood fretboard, 6105 fretwire, and modern 9 1/2" fretboard radius ensure a vital, no-frills tone machine that's extremely dynamically responsive and resonant.

At the heart of this Custom Shop Esquire is Fender's '58 Tele pickup with staggered alnico pole pieces, black bobbin flatwork, and push-back cloth-covered leads. Bold, clear, and balanced, this Fender offers an acoustic tone with great projection and snap, qualities which translate well through the pickup. Bite, bark, twang, and sparkle are all available in equal portions, and all one needs to do is adjust the Volume and Tone knobs to taste. Of course, the Esquire's secret weapon is its three-way Tone switch. In the "bridge" position, the pickup is connected only to the volume control (the tone control is disconnected), and this minimal circuitry produces more top-end sparkle than is possible with a Telecaster. In the middle position, the standard tone control circuit is activated. In the "neck" position, the tone control is again disengaged, but a tone-shaping capacitor rolls off much of the top end and some bottom, producing a darker tone and slight volume loss. This Esquire weighs a mere 7lbs 7oz and is dialed in with 11-50 strings and optimal action.

The quartersawn maple neck has a neck profile carve that Fender simply classifies as "Large C," and this profile does indeed offer tons of shoulder and a very round, substantial shape, a hair more slender at the nut, yet worthy of "baseball bat" status by the 7th fret and beyond. The profile measures .855" deep at the 1st fret, tapering to .999" at the 12th. The neck profile is flawless and silky smooth thanks to the factory relic treatment, with broad, dimensional flame figuring along the profile length and extending to the headstock. The slab Indian rosewood fretboard features lightly rolled edges and clay dot inlay, with perfect 6105 fretwire that plays easily and bends effortlessly with a modern 9 1/2" radius. The 1 5/8" bone nut ensures optimal clarity and sustain, and the headstock features Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines.

The electronics are untouched, and the factory relic extends to the stock hardware including the knurled knobs and spiral bridge saddles. The Journeyman Relic treatment on the Lake Placid Blue nitro lacquer finish includes light lacquer checking and some strategic marks of simulated wear on the body, and the instrument is essentially showroom clean save for the simulated Fender factory wear.

The original brown G&G Fender Custom Shop case with gold plush interior is included, along with the original COA.