1986 Fender Esquire

Here is a vintage 1986 Fender Esquire electric guitar. This early “Made in Japan” (MIJ) instrument actually resembles a ’62 Telecaster Custom, but as is indicative of early production Fender Japan, the decal’s nomenclature is inaccurate. This Fujigen Gakki produced example, appears to have several minor modifications, which makes it perfect for the player that demands high quality components, without having to pay an exorbitant collector price tag. Of the several other MIJ Tele Customs that have been on the market of late, this is the earliest example, crafted during an era which has since become synonymous with the pinnacle of Japanese quality.

This fantastic feeling guitar weighs a mere 7 lbs. 14 oz., and has an excellently chunky slab board fingerboard. There are no cracks, no breaks, no repairs, nor structural modifications. This guitar features a beautifully double-bound body with a 3-tone sunburst finish, over an attractive Alder. Other MIJ and CIJ Teles actually have a lamintated top and back, this one does not. Though I am not certain, it appears the bridge was upgraded, as well as, the neck pickup. All other electronics are intact and original. Though I have seen evidence of similar guitars with similar features, perhaps the 2nd string tree was added.

There is not much playing wear evident, however, there is a small chip (pictured) near the input jack on the back of the body.