Sweetwater have slashed $50 off Fender Squier Classic Vibe '60s Custom Esquires (opens in new tab) in this pre-Black Friday deal. Already a bargain at $479.99, these guitars have now been marked down to a very tempting $429.99.
Supplies of these Esquires are limited, so you may want to make a grab for one fast before they’re all gone.
But while stocks last you can bag a bargain on this historic design which is available here in a choice of two classic custom color finishes: 3-color sunburst (opens in new tab) and black (opens in new tab).
Versatile enough to cover a range of styles from country to rock it’s hard to beat the Esquire for a solid, dependable, no frills guitar design. And while its sibling model the Telecaster celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, the Esquire was where it all began for Fender back in 1950.
Fender Squier Esquires:
$479.99, now $429.99 (opens in new tab)
Sweetwater have dropped the price on these Fender Squier Classic Vibe '60s Custom Esquires. Available here in a choice of two classic finishes – 3-color sunburst and black – the Esquire was the first “electric Spanish” guitar Fender released back in 1950 and was famously used by Syd Barrett and Jeff Beck. This rare bargain is available exclusively at Sweetwater now while stocks last.
Originally released with a fretted maple neck, Esquires changed over to a rosewood fretboard design in 1959 in line with the rest of Fender’s solid body electric guitars. By that stage, Fender had switched from using a 2- to a 3-color sunburst finish. And although the Esquire’s standard finish was blonde they could be custom ordered in sunburst.
Interestingly, some of the very earliest Esquires were finished in black. By the early ‘60s it became a standard option with the introduction of Fender’s custom color chart.
These rare appointments have been included with these Squier Classic Vibe '60s Custom Esquires (opens in new tab).
Used by Bruce Springsteen, Syd Barrett, Jeff Beck, and Joe Walsh, Fender’s classic single pickup Esquire made history when it was introduced as the firm’s first “electric Spanish” guitar. Appearing in Spring 1950 it was soon followed up by the dual pickup Broadcaster (renamed the Telecaster the following year.)
While a single pickup may appear limited at first many guitar players find the Esquire design to be extremely versatile. Rather than simply relying on flipping between pickup selections for tonal variation, guitarists are often inclined to explore the vast palette of sound available at their fingertips using the instrument’s volume, tone, and switch controls.
For nearly 40 years, Fender’s Squier brand has been building guitars that rival some of the fiercest competition in the business. The popular Classic Vibe range harks back to Fender’s golden era instruments to bring guitarists those timeless designs without the hefty price tag of an original vintage guitar.
If you’re looking for more great deals like this then check out our Black Friday Guitar Deals page (opens in new tab) where you can browse hot bargains on all kinds of guitar-related products.
Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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