Fender Unveils New 70th Anniversary Esquire Guitar

Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire
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Fender has gone all the way back to its earliest roots with the unveiling of its new 70th Anniversary Esquire guitar.

A reissue of the company's first-ever solidbody electric guitar (the direct precursor to the Telecaster), the 70th Anniversary Esquire features a roasted pine body and a thick "U"-shaped neck.

It packs a Tim Shaw-designed Esquire bridge single coil pickup - modeled after that found on an original 1950 Esquire sourced from the Songbirds Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire

(Image credit: Fender)

The guitar has a lacquer finish, and is available in White Blonde, Lake Placid Blue, 2-Color Sunburst and Surf Green.

The Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire will be available later this month - with a special anniversary neck plate and tweed case - for $1,999. It will only be produced in 2020.

For more info on the guitar, head on over to fender.com.

Jackson Maxwell
Associate Editor, GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.