Michael Stevens Founders Design Esquire®

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

More about Michael Stevens Founders Design Esquire®

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.”



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


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


Neck Material: 5A Birdseye Maple
Neck Shape: 10/56 "V"
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.77 cm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" to 12" Compound Radius
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Jescar 47095
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.70" (43.2 mm)
Neck Plate: Founders Design Signature
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Fingerboard: Maple
Position Inlays: Micarta Black Dot


Bridge Pickup: Custom Michael Stevens-Designed Telecaster®
Controls: Master Volume, Master 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


Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage Strings Through Body with Wilkinson Compensated Saddles
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Orientation: Right-Hand
Hardware Finish: Gold
Pickguard: 1-Ply Eggshell
Control Knobs: Knurled Dome Gold
Switch Tips: Black


Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
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.