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CBS Telecasters

1968 Fender Esquire

Esquire Series CBS (1968-1969)

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Body Wood: Ash / Alder
Lacquer: Thick Polyester
Shape: Telecaster Standard
Pickguard: 8 Hole / 3-Ply White/Black/White Vinyl or ABS
Serial: Stamped On Neckplate / 6-digit

Neck Wood: Maple
Decal: Black Transition Logo (Since Mid-67) ""2,573,254 3,143,028" under "Esquire"
Fretboard Material: Rosewood / Maple (Maple Cap)
Neck Lacquer: Polyester
Neck Profile: Medium "C"
Headstock: Standard Tele
Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm) +/-
Scale: 25.5"
Radius: 7.25"
#Frets: 21
Fretwire: 6230 Vintage Frets
Trussrod: ) Vintage adjust at Heel
Bolt-On Type: 4-Bolt

Bridge Type: 3-Saddle Vintage String-trough Bridge / Ashtray Cover
Bridge Marking: "FENDER Pat.No DES.164227 / 2.573.254"
Saddle: Slotted Steel Saddles
Tuners: "F" Style Tuners
String Tree: Butterfly
Neckplate: Blank Plate
Knobs: Knurled Semi-Dome

Switch: 3-Way CRL / Top Hat Switch-Tip
Wiring Info: Pos1: Volume w/ Tone Bypass / Pos2 Vol+Tone / Pos3: Wired Cap Treble Cut
Capacitor: 50V / .05uf Dime Capacitor
Pickup Config: S
Bridge Pickup: Vintage Single Coil Staggered.

In this period, Maple neck was offered commercially as a regular choice.
At the end of 1967 Fender discontinues use ofvKluson tuners . 1968 Guitars has "F" Tuners.
Ferrules on the backside is not flush anymore
Slotted Steel Saddles replaces Threaded Saddles early 1968
1968 sees the beginning of using Polyester finish.
Esquire was discontinued permanently in 1969


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