1953 Fender Esquire + OHSC

1953 Fender Esquire + OHSC

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Stunning and largely unfaded original 1953 Fender Blackguard at a half decent price that happens to play and sound nothing short of killer...

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Beautiful 1953 Fender Esquire Blackguard, in amazing condition with all solder joints undisturbed and intact, all parts correct and it even has the original $5k form fit brown case, plus the ashtray with the solder blob.

What’s more, this is one of the few that have never been converted to a Telecaster hence no other screw holes are visible in the neck pickup cavity. Pretty rare to see that.

At some stage it looks like 5 x initials were stuck to the top in a diagonal pattern like ‘W A Y N E’ or similar in small rectangular stickers that someone has done a pretty good job removing without disturbing the original finish too much, just the clearcoat. You can see it under black light but it is not too offensive in real light and certainly adds a bit of character to it!

Original frets are in excellent shape, plays real well and guitar sounds classic with a very strong pickup with plenty of tonal variety that begs the question why they even bothered to put another one in there…

All parts are correct, body is Tadeo Gomez signed 8-12-53, neck is 8-26-53 and serial number is 3579. All finish on neck and body is original with no touch ups or over spray. A portion of the clearcoat has been rubbed during the extraction of said letters.

Case is just like the guitar in excellent plus condition. It has very little wear and the handle is all in tact, not broken as are the latches which work fine. Included in the case is what could be the original strap, in fact it looks identical to all the originals I have seen so this may very well be what came with the guitar when new.

A real beautiful guitar in exceptionally fine and largely unfaded condition that keeps us wanting to play it constantly. If you are looking for the black guard sound from a classic vintage year that is all correct but at a half reasonable price then here is is…

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At a glance

Model: Esquire
Year: 1953
Finish: Original Blonde

Modifications: None
Repairs: Removed letters from front
Weight: 3.45 Kg

Case: Correct brown form fit
Fingerboard: Maple
Tuners: Correct Kluson No Line

Pickups: Original flat pole pice black bottom
Hardware: Correct chrome
Neck Profile: Fairly chunky C
Pots: Original undisturbed solder




We are located in Gloucestershire, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed, tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers and purchased, by appointment at our demo facilities in Gloucester.

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ATB Guitars, PO Box 1378, Cheltenham GL50 9JU