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    Default Which came first

    Which came first - the Telecaster (by whatever name, i.e Broadcaster or No-caster), or the Esquire? Also, what color combination was the body and pickguard of the first Telecasters?

    My best guess (semi-educated) is that the Telecaster came first (originally called the Broadcaster) and then the Esquire followed (essentially a one pick-up version of the Telecaster.)

    As for color combination - I think (although with even less certainty than with which came first) the first Telecasters were white with black pickguards.

    If anyone has more accurate info, please let me kbnow.



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    [/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][FONT=sans-serif]In the period roughly between 19321949, several craftsmen and companies experimented with solid-body electric guitars, but none had made a significant impact on the market. Leo Fender's Telecaster was the design that finally put the solid-body guitar on the map.
    The initial single-pickup production model appeared in 1950, and was called the Esquire. Fewer than fifty guitars were originally produced under that name, and most were replaced under warranty because of early manufacturing problems. In particular, the Esquire necks had no truss rod[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][FONT=sans-serif] and many were replaced due to bent necks. Later in 1950, this single-pickup model was discontinued, and a two-pickup model was renamed the Broadcaster. From this point onwards all Fender necks incorporated truss rods. The Gretsch [/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][FONT=sans-serif]company, itself a manufacturer of hollowbody electric guitars (and now owned by Fender), claimed that "Broadcaster" violated the trademark for its Broadkaster line of drums, and as a newcomer to the industry, Fender decided to bend and changed the name to Telecaster, after the newly popular medium of television. (The guitars manufactured in the interim bore no name, and are now popularly called 'Nocasters."[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][FONT=sans-serif]) The Esquire was reintroduced as a one-pickup Telecaster, at a lower price.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJP View Post
    Which came first - the Telecaster (by whatever name, i.e Broadcaster or No-caster), or the Esquire?
    Depends which way you were walking through the guitar store :D
    Just play til your fingers bleed, then stop when it hits bone...



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