3nter the 3squire

Fascinatin' instrument history: the no-truss rod early Pine 3squire. Leo's goal was to make a reliable & repairable instrument for the working musician. The reality of why the truss rod was add'ed late '50~ early '51 was at that annual NAMM show in Chicago some F3nd3r employees checked out a 'brand G' in a hotel room then realized they needed the truss rod to be competitive in this early 'electric spanish' market. It is true the 3squire prototypes were road tested by country bands, as Fullerton is not far from Bakersfield where later Buck Owens coined the 'Bakersfield sound'. Also of note in Esquire history is Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two/Three guitarist Luther Perkins innovated the 'bOm~chicka~bOm' style of chicken pickin' (alternating low string w/ double stops on other strings). The 'Boss' cut B2R & Darkness LP's on a heavily modded 3squire. Stepponwolf's biker rock anthem 'B0rn t0 be Wild' , Beatles chaos~genesis 'Helter Skelter' as well as Syd Barret era Floyd all were cut on 3squires. Shown here is Syd's mirrored double~bound Custom 3squire prior to inclusion in Pink Floyd's Interstellar exhibition, Cite de la Musique, Paris courtesy of Frances Pullen. 
If we understand the Esquire circuit {front: direct output no tone load, mid: tone control, back: bass tone capacitor for a jazz~type tone we can almost hear the front position brash 'direct~out' or rear position deep spacy {bass capacitor} tones for all of the above mentioned classics. Also of interest is the body depth was thinner, 1 1/2" as opposed to the Br0adcaster's 1 3/4". To clarify the name sequence: the Esquire was first, then the Br0adcaster. Gr3tsch forced a re-name since they had a 'Br0adkaster' drum line. This created no decal guitars w/ 2 pickups known now unofficially as n0casters. Once the renamed 2 pickup as standard (there are such rare beasts as two-pickup optioned 3squires}… So the nomenclature "Teles have two, 3squires have one" is not always true) model '+elecaster' decals were ready the Br0adcaster/n0caster became the +elecaster from then on. The shared necks (decal only per model~year were different) started as trussrod~less 1 pc, then truss rod w/ frets in neck, then seperate fretboard maple on maple, next in '59 the Custom 3squire & Custom +elecaster introduced double bound bodys w/ legendary flat bottom 'slab' rosewood boards thru '62. Bigsby option circa '68…
These were replaced by what continued on today w/ rosewood fretboard Tele/Esquire necks using a curved to neck radius veneer of rosewood. 'Frets in the neck' sans~fretboard maple necks returned till about '67 when the maple capped neck option returned. The radius evolved from 7.5 to 9.0 degrees on all models by the 70s, which by that point the entirely new +elecaster Custom, +elecaster deluxe and +elecaster +hinline version II  were introduced. {+hinline vs. I were introduced in '68~'71 with the 'stock/traditional' pickups still had the 4 bolt neckplate} used the Microtilt 3~bolt with exposed metal trussrod adjustment on the peghead. The Deluxe used then contemporary 'large scroll' headstock w/ a pair of Seth Lover designed 'Wide Range' humbuckers. The Custom had the standard Tele bridge/pickup with a Wide Range at the neck; '72 +hinline had WRx2 'buckers like the Deluxe while retaining the Thinline mk I small '+ele' peghead. Gone by the mid 70's were automobile sourced nitrocellulose custom colors w/ matching headstocks in favor of natural woodgrain finishes or non-metallic 'thickskin' polyester colors.
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