SOLD - Fender 1959 Custom Esquire Relic 2002 Limited Team Built NAMM model, one of 2 made

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I could tell this was a special guitar when I first picked it up.  It just has that feel.

I noticed right away that it has a one-piece ash body, and that neck just speaks for itself. 

When we dug in during our verification process we found NAMM written under the bridge.  

We then called for the spec list from Fender, which we've printed to put in the case and pictured here.  The email came in from Fender with the intro: "This guitar is from a very limited run of two models in 2002, therefore it does not have a floor traveler. I did find the specs and I have provided them below. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you."

The spec sheet highlights:

  • Model Name: Custom Esquire
  • Series: Limited Edition Series
  • COMMENTS: Limited Team Built Custom Shop Run in 2002

So, it is a pretty special guitar, following what I've seen to be a fact that Fender tried to show some of its best work at NAMM.

It is a killer player that has barely been used.  It sets up really well.  Included is a tweed "thermometer" style case, somewhat of a rarity unto itself, and the COA and spec list are in the case as well.  The bridge cover seems to have been lost and is not included.

  • Color: Blonds
  • Weight: 7lb 4.3oz
  • Body: Ash - One piece
  • Body Date: N/A
  • Neck: Flamed Maple, "One Piece Slim U Shape
  • Neck Profile: '52 Tele 
  • Neck Date: NAMM07/02
  • Inlays: Micarta Black .250
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo / 6150
  • Fret count: 21
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .090"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: .097"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: .080"
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: .050"
  • String gauge: .010-.046
  • Hardware Color: Nickel
  • Bridge Pickup Brand: Fender Nocaster Bridge Pickup
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 6.43k
  • Bridge Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Pickguard: 1 Ply Original 
  • Bridge: Original Vintage Style
  • Tuners: Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Switch: 3 Way Original
  • Pots: Original
  • Case: Original Tweed Contoured HSC
  • Notes: COA and floor traveler paperwork included

Email from Fender with specs.  When we first called them, we received a traveler form via email.  I noticed that it was incorrect, so we circled back and received this email:

"My apologies for the mix up. It looks like this guitar was not a one off custom, rather it was a very limited run of two models in 2002, therefore it does not have a floor traveler. I did find the specs and I have provided them below. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

Model Name: Custom Esquire®
Model Number: 012-0101-(000 Solid Color) and 012-0109-(000 Metallic Color)
Series: Limited Edition Series
Body: Ash
Neck: One Piece Slim “U” Shape Maple Neck
Fingerboard: Maple (9.5” Radius/241 mm) 
No. of Frets: 21
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Width @ Nut: 1.650” (42 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Machine Heads: Fender®/Gotoh® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Bridge: Original Vintage Style Tele Bridge with Three Brass Saddles
Pickguard: 1-Ply White Vinyl
Pickups: 1 Nocaster Bridge Pickup
Pickup Switching: Custom-Wired 3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Volume Control with Cap. Only, No Tone Control
Position 2. Volume Control with Cap. and Tone Control with Cap.
Position 3.  Volume Control Only No Cap., No Tone Control
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Colors: Available in Variety of Fender finishes.

Instruments shown at the January 2002 NAMM show were in the following solid colors:
(805) Olympic White, 
(889) Desert Sand, 
(840) Fiesta Red, 
(857) Surf Green, 
(849) Sea Foam Green, 
(872) Sonic Blue, 
(804) Daphne Blue, 
(854) Dakota Red, 
(806) Black.

The following metallic colors were also shown: 
(802) Lake Placid Blue, 
(846) Sherwood Green Metallic, 
(848) Teal Green Metallic, 
(8XX) Silver Firemist, 
(883) Ice Blue Metallic. 
(Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer)
Strings: Fender Super 250R’s (.010 to .046) Nickel Plated Steel pn# 073-0250-006
Other Features: 
Source: Custom Shop
Accessories: Tweed Case, Strap, Cable, “Ash Tray” Bridge Cover
U.S. MSRP: $3,050.00 (Solid Color), $3,150.00 (Metallic Color)
COMMENTS: Limited Team Built Custom Shop Run in 2002
WRENCH SIZES: .050” Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench

NOTICE: Product Prices, Features And Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice"

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