New guitar build day - Esquire

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New guitar build day - Esquire

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Further to my post below, I’ve finished my Esquire build

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Satin nitro neck and body, I’ve polished the body to a semi gloss. The neck is a chunky 23.5mm at the 1st fret, 25mm at the 12th. It’s got a set of Fender tuners I had around, a compensated, cut down vintage style bridge, screw in Jack socket, single ply pickguard and (once I’d got it right) 50s Les Paul Jr style wiring - with no switch. The pickup is a fairly high output Bare Knuckle.

All set up and it plays great. No shim needed, just a tweak of the truss rod and a bit of intonation.
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Looks great Nick, congrats!
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Looks the business!
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That looks great!
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Amazing! Is the Bare Knuckle a Brute Force? If so, that's what I've got in my pink Tele/Esquire.
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Freddy V-C wrote: Sat Apr 16, 2022 5:24 pm Amazing! Is the Bare Knuckle a Brute Force? If so, that's what I've got in my pink Tele/Esquire.
No, it’s a True Grit, so a little less output than yours, but more than a vintage style. Same range as yours though.
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Ah, nice! The Boot Camp series is such good bang for your buck.
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One pickup guitars are the badassest and the bestest of all
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sunshiner wrote: Sat Apr 16, 2022 7:42 pm One pickup guitars are the badassest and the bestest of all
I’m coming to the conclusion that one pickup, a volume and a tone are all I need.
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Tone is all in the tone knob anyway.
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NickD wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:10 am
sunshiner wrote: Sat Apr 16, 2022 7:42 pm One pickup guitars are the badassest and the bestest of all
I’m coming to the conclusion that one pickup, a volume and a tone are all I need.
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plopswagon wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 1:25 pm
NickD wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:10 am
sunshiner wrote: Sat Apr 16, 2022 7:42 pm One pickup guitars are the badassest and the bestest of all
I’m coming to the conclusion that one pickup, a volume and a tone are all I need.
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I’d like to try one of those again, but with a wider and thicker neck than the one I had.
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Lovely job nick
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great work, nick. i dig the simplicity mixed with some modern touches.
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dots wrote: Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:38 pm great work, nick. i dig the simplicity mixed with some modern touches.
Thanks.

Aesthetically I was going for this (mid 50s Esquire) with a couple of modern touches, like the ability to intimate properly.
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I thought they moved to the white guard at the time they moved to the blond finish.

On other matter, it's funny how guitarists are obsessed nowadays with all worn nitro necks with jizz soaked into the wood but at the time customers were probably pissed "I paid so much money(between $1000-2000 in today's money) for this stupid guitar and two years later the finish is all worn and cracking all over the place. Swindlers! Give me my money back!"
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NickD wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:10 am
sunshiner wrote: Sat Apr 16, 2022 7:42 pm One pickup guitars are the badassest and the bestest of all
I’m coming to the conclusion that one pickup, a volume and a tone are all I need.
I play the bridge pickup in my guitar most of the time and I love all kinds of LP Junior style guitars
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sunshiner wrote: Wed Apr 27, 2022 8:27 am I thought they moved to the white guard at the time they moved to the blond finish.

On other matter, it's funny how guitarists are obsessed nowadays with all worn nitro necks with jizz soaked into the wood but at the time customers were probably pissed "I paid so much money(between $1000-2000 in today's money) for this stupid guitar and two years later the finish is all worn and cracking all over the place. Swindlers! Give me my money back!"
I think they did switch over at that point - that is a transitional model.

Nitro used to be used on cars too - Imagine the finish checking on your brand new Cadillac!
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Yeah, a fully checked car that you haven't finished paying for yet :D
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sunshiner wrote: Wed Apr 27, 2022 8:27 am I thought they moved to the white guard at the time they moved to the blond finish.

On other matter, it's funny how guitarists are obsessed nowadays with all worn nitro necks with jizz soaked into the wood but at the time customers were probably pissed "I paid so much money(between $1000-2000 in today's money) for this stupid guitar and two years later the finish is all worn and cracking all over the place. Swindlers! Give me my money back!"
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The Esquire looks great, Nick 👌
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