Leo Fender's first solidbody was released in 1950 and the new anniversary model will feature a Tim Shaw-designed Esquirebridge pickup inspired by an original '50 Esquire from Songbirds Museum in Chattanooga, TN.

Scottsdale, AZ (August 19, 2020) -- The Esquire was the very first solid-body electric guitar offered by Fender, in 1950. With an elegant single-cutaway silhouette, adjustable 3-saddle bridge and a lone, repurposed lap-steel pickup in the bridge position – the Esquire laid the groundwork for all solid body electric guitars to follow and foreshadowed its more famous sibling, the Telecaster.

Like the original Esquire models, the 70th Anniversary Esquire features a body made of pine – a lightweight wood known for punchy and complex tone – and upgrades it with our roasting treatment, greatly improving the resonance of the body. Other features include a lacquer finish, thick “U”-shaped neck, Tim Shaw-designed Esquirebridge pickup – inspired by an original ’50 Esquire from Songbirds Museum in Chattanooga, TN - special anniversary neck plate and tweed case.

  • Production of the 70th Anniversary Esquire will be limited to 2020 only
  • The guitar will be available in four finishes: White Blonde, Lake Placid Blue, 2-Color Sunburst and Surf Green
  • Production of the 70th Anniversary Esquire will be limited to 2020 only
  • The 70th Anniversary Esquire will be priced at $1,999.99

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