MICHAEL STEVENS FOUNDERS DESIGN ESQUIRE®


Model #: 1587172801
Michael Stevens Founders Design Esquire®, 1-Piece Maple Neck, White Blonde

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The inspiration for Michael Stevens’ Founders Design Esquire stems from his vintage roots at Guitar Resurrection, where he and Larry Jameson loved blonde ash Stratocasters with gold hardware; they called these instruments Mary Kayes. "Some sassafras slipped into the run of '54 Strats, early '54s, that many people, for years, have been trying to figure out what it was,” he said. It is Michael’s belief that it was quartersawn, one-piece sassafras. So, instead of ash, the Founders Design Esquire is one-piece sassafras.

At first glance, the front is classic Fender, with the control cavity switched backward. However, Michael insists that players will discover other custom features once they pick up the guitar and take a closer look. Under the bridge cover is a pickup in a left-handed bridge – reversing the traditional Telecaster orientation – and when the guitar is turned over, there’s a cutaway for the player’s wrist and thigh, adding comfort in the sitting position. “A lot of it is ergonomic,” he said. “My thing, my style, pretty much is form follows function. Bauhaus. I love those guys.”

Specs

General

General
Model Name: Michael Stevens Founders Design Esquire®, 1-Piece Maple Neck, White Blonde
Model Number: 1587172801
Series: Founders Design
Color: White Blonde

Body

Body
Body Shape: Esquire®
Body Material: 1-Piece Sassafrass
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: 5A Birdseye Maple
Neck Shape: 10/56 "V" Back-Shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" to 12" Compound Radius (241mm-305mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Jescar 47095
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.70" (43.2 mm)
Neck Plate: Founders Design Signature neck plate
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Fingerboard: Maple
Position Inlays: Micarta Black

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Custom Michael Stevens-designed Telecaster
Controls: Volume, Tone
Pickup Switching: 3 Position Blade: Position 1. Volume Control, Position 2. Volume and Tone Controls, Position 3. Volume Control and Fixed Treble Roll-Off Capacitor.
Pickup Configuration: S

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage Strings Through Body with Wilkinson Compensated Saddles
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Orientation: Right-Hand
Pickguard: 1-Ply Eggshell
Control Knobs: Gold Vintage-Style

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Included Accessories: Custom accessory kit; Founders Design Signature neck plate; Founders Design engraved bridge cover; G&G Founders Design Signature embroidered Red Poodle tweed thermometer case; signed Certificate of Authenticity.

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