As you can obviously see, the body finish was stripped some considerable time ago and, I think, treated with some kind of mahogany stain or similar (even after decades of exposure, the colour looks way too dark and brown for natural ash). The body cavities also show the remnants of a blue custom colour finish, however I believe this not to be original but probably a very old and short-lived refinish. Other than the body finish, absolutely all parts appear to be original and are typical for early to mid 1956 manufacture. Soft V profile neck dated 2-56 and initialled by Tadeo Gomez. Pend bridge with smooth saddles and steeply inclined (about 40 deg) height adjustment screws.Pot codes are unreadable, but they are definitely 50s Stackpoles. All parts are in excellent clean condition for a guitar this age.
The back of the neck has a few marks and dings in the cowboy chords area, but nothing at all detrimental to playability. Although the fretboard is worn through the lacquer in a few positions, there is no deep pitting at all. The metal parts are all entirely uncorroded. The electrics work perfectly, with no crackles at all and both controls working smoothly and progressively just as they should.The original frets are still in excellent condition practically unworn since last dressed and with plenty of height left. And the action is one of the lowest Ive seen on any Fender with a 7.25 fretboard radius and Ive had a few good ones! Sonically, this guitar is an absolutely stunning performer. Plenty of twang and sizzle in the highs as you would expect, but with plenty of big sonorous clang in the lows too.
And adding a healthy dose overdrive, the sheer raucousness is nothing less than spectacular think Jimmy Page on Zep 1&2 and then some! But for me, the real stand-out feature of this guitar is the excellent Tadeo Gomez neck. The way the profile fills-out at the shoulders as you progress up the neck just seems fit the fretting hand like a glove in all positions. And together with the low action this provides superbly effortless playability and sumptuous feel. But believe my 100% feedback this guitar is honestly described and really is something pretty special.
Anyone who wouldn't absolutely love this guitar really shouldn't be looking for a vintage Esquire or Tele at all. To complete the package, it comes with the original tweed case that is in well-worn cosmetic condition, but still structurally solid with all working hinges & latches and a good interior. The item "Vintage 1956 Fender Esquire (Telecaster) + OHSC NO RESERVE" is in sale since Thursday, January 19, 2017.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "congeroo" and is located in Belper. This item can be shipped worldwide.