Anyone own an Esquire? Anyone played an Esquire?

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  1. Kutt

    Kutt Well-Known Member

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    Got me a few Teles in the arsenal, but I have never strummed an Esquire. I wish they'd make one under the U.S. line (non-custom $hop). Its simplicity is alluring.


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    BRUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCE ! LOL
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    Don't bring me down.....
     
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    Wildeman Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I've played a few '50s one's, killer. They have a mudswitch like a Gretsch, caps that alter the tone. @axe4me has a Mex reissue.
     
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    I have one it’s a beater nothing great. It plays well . The single coils sound good in my jcm 800 . It’s a good guitar for the money. I plan on up grading it some day
     
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    Ive always held the theory that the absence of a second magnetic field (neck pickup) , gave the Esq a distinctive edge

    Of course, I haven't proven sh*t .....but I just like to think that
     
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    AlvisX speaks the truth.

    i’ve had a partscaster tele for about twenty years, was an ok axe but never really thought it was that great. then one day got curious and turned it into an esquire. BIG difference. removing the neck pu really opened up the sound of the instrument.

    if you don’t mind modding the tele you should really think about the esquire setup. all you need is a new pickguard and the knowledge to rewire the electronics. less is more.
     
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    WTF!? Not a fan of the Boss or his Esquire and that fantastic sound he gets out of it.??
    What gives Wildeman?
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    Ain't nobody gonna debate that.
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    I have a CS Esquire 1955.
    The best Fender I've ever played.

    Can't pinpoint why it sounds so incredibly good, but it's something special.

    I will never part from it.

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    I too wondered about the second pickup having an effect on the string pull and I also had a play of a relative's CS Esquire (which played beautifully). I removed the neck pick up on my Classic 50s MIM Tele and re-wired it with all new pots, caps, etc to 'Eldred' mod wiring.

    It really worked well and it stayed that way for about 3 months while I put together a Partscaster with a chunky MIM 'Fat U' neck. I repeated the wiring mods (with a coil tapped 'Oil City' pickup using a pull pot on the tone control) and slightly changed the cap value on the 'Eldred' cocked wah position...this one is perfect for my taste and has 6 variations of tone.

    This was my test guitar (now back to standard as I do like the neck pick up on this guitar):
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    This is my (unfinished) Partscaster Esquire. It has amazing sustain...not sure what exactly causes that; the thick neck, thin body, top loaded, the lack of neck pickup, or a mixture of all these things. I'm just waiting to receive some paint I've ordered and I'll strip it down to respray it in Gold (I fancy something a little different to the regular Tele colours):
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    Sounds killer into my SV20H and 2x12 Greenback cab. :)
     
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    Pulling a neck pickup does indeed add a bit of punch to the bridge
     
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    Total fan! Come'on man.....not a fan of ELO??
    Don't bring me down Brrrrruce......:yum:
     
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    He doesn't sing Bruce ffs :>)
    He says groos: In the liner notes of the ELO compilation Flashback and elsewhere, Lynne has explained that he is singing a made-up word, "Grooss", which some have suggested sounds like the Swiss/German expression "Gruß," meaning "greetings."
     
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    See, now i gotta hear it, ffs! Where's the part where he's wrapped up in a douche?
     
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    Or :
    Misheard lyric
    A common mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Lynne shouts "Bruce!". In the liner notes of the ELO compilation Flashback and elsewhere, Lynne has explained that he is singing a made-up word, "Grooss", which some have suggested sounds like the Swiss/German expression "Gruß," meaning "greetings."[5] Lynne has explained that originally he did not realize the meaning of the syllable, and he just used it as a temporary placekeeper to fill a gap in the lyrics, but upon learning the German meaning he decided to leave it in.[5] After the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows.[6][7][5]

    ELO engineer Reinhold Mack remembers the genesis of the term differently, stating that Lynne was actually singing "Bruce" as a joke in advance of an Australian tour "referring to how many Australian guys are called Bruce."[5]
     
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    Yeah, yeah lol
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    Ima go woik on my Swiss/German:rock:
    Can't wait to explain this grievous error to the chicks at the bar:rofl:
    You know we love you BP
     
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    And grooss to you too.!:cheers:
    BP
     
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    The magnetic pull of the ether unused pick ups can slow down the strings.and kill the tone.
     
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