The Squier Classic Vibe series has long been admired for giving people models inspired by premium Fender electric guitars (opens in new tab), at accessible price-points. We've been waiting for the return of a black bound custom Tele in the line for some time – and we've kind of got one here, and then some, with new '60s Esquires as part of a Fender Special Run release. But if you think one pickup might be limiting, we've got news for you…
The Esquire (opens in new tab) predated the Telecaster and Broadcaster but even though this is a one-pickup model, it features a three-way switch. These give instant access to different voices; disengaging any tone setting you've dialled in or letting you roll off the volume and tone while keeping that Tele top end. It's a unique proposition for this model's Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil pickup and after Squier's recent Contemporary series (opens in new tab), shows just how varied its ranges can be.
Classic gear: Fender Esquire (opens in new tab)
Three finishes are offered in this run; 3-Tone-Sunburst, Black and Lake Placid Blue. We've never seen a T-style bound body that didn't look great and these continue that tradition with aged white binding and a 3-ply parchment pickguard that scream vintage class.
Spec-wise it's a nato body here (that should be on the lighter side of the T-style weight spectrum in theory), C-shape maple neck and laurel fretboard. Frets are Narrow Tall and we're pleased to see a bone nut being used here as graphite nuts are usually the first thing we get upgraded on cheaper guitars.
The vintage-style three saddle bridge adds the finishing touch. As for availability, UK retailers are listing the Squier FSR Classic Vibe '60s Custom Esquire as a preorder. The RRP is £409 and we're seeing street prices around £379 / $479.
And if you want to hear a Fender Esquire in action to find out more – check out this great demo from Neville Marten for Guitarist magazine. He calls it a "twangsome beast" and that sounds pretty accurate to us!