Here is a vintage 1966 Fender Esquire electric guitar. This particular custom color example, serial number 149289, is in 100% all original condition, includes the original “ashtray” bridge cover, and the original Fender-logo hard shell case. Though visually similar to the normal Blonde finish typically applied to regular production Telecaster and Esquire bodies, the Olympic White finish is actually much rarer, decidedly more desirable, and generally more attractive. Custom Color Fenders have long been in demand due to their scarcity and special production status.
Serial Number: 149289 (F-plate)
Neck Stamp: 3 SEP 66
Pot Codes: 304-6631 (Stackpole)
Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 6.00Ω
This variety Fender Esquire features an earlier Spaghetti logo decal, as there were many still available in the factory from the earlier ’60s. The figured maple neck features a thicker-than-average Brazilian rosewood cap fingerboard with pearl dot inlays and original medium-sized frets. Indicative of others this era, this Esquire also features a rather deep headstock profile with more bold contour. The unfaded original white pickguard looks fantastic against the creamy complexion of the nitrocellulose lacquer white body. Underneath the guard, there is the often-discussed “ES” stamp. At this point, it has become the accepted consensus that the “ES” stamp signifies “Entered Special,” and its documented application seems refined to Custom Color instruments from ’66. This Esquire also features colored cloth wiring, double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines and a single string tree. There is no significant difference between a pre-CBS example and this one, so why spend thousands more because of a technicality?
As mentioned, this guitar is in very fine 100% all original condition. The original nitrocellulose Olympic White Custom Color finish is in excellent shape, showing no signs of excessive wear, aside from beautiful weather checking on the top and back. There are several very small dings which appear to have been touched up with a brighter white color, but it is otherwise in surprisingly excellent shape. All of the parts are original. The pickup works perfect and sounds amazingly efficient and fresh. It measures at 6.00Ω. All of the corresponding electronics also work flawlessly. The guitar weighs 7 lbs. 7 oz. The medium-sized neck feels simply amazing. The action is low thanks to the perfectly straight neck. There is considerable fret wear on the first 5-6 frets from very respectful playing.
This is most definitely a universally appreciated guitar, and whether you happen to be a Tele player or not, a White Esquire is about as cool as it gets…