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Fender Custom Shop Esquire 1952 Heavy Relic Nocaster Blonde


Redd Volkaert about his Esquire #3187: "I used that guitar on countless recordings during my Nashville years. It sounded so good, I just loved it"
The great Redd Volkaert owned this Esquire for many years and it has been his faithful companion on countless gigs and studio sessions. It was re-fretted with 6105 medium jumbos, and the saddle was also replaced at some point. The neck has a fairly beefy, but by no means bulky profile, which is just fantastic to feel and play. As usual with the Esquires at that time, the routing for the neck PU was present under the pickguard.
Exact this guitar was replicated for us at the Fender Custom Shop. And not only as a team built, but also as a master built by Ron Thorn, Greg Fessler, Dale Wilson and Vince Van Trigt!
The closest thing to the neck shape was the "57 Style Soft V", which is almost identical in size to the original (0.860" / 0.990"). The dimensions of the fret wire were also adopted, the fretboard radius is slightly flatter at 9.5" (original 7.25") in favor of playability.
Additional notes: early 1952 Esquire. all slot head screws except trussrod & control plate, very thin lacquer and Nocaster Blonde finish just like the 1951 model, back of neck partially stripped (not complete), heavy worn fretboard. Fret ends almost straight, not so much rounded. Routing for neck-PU should be available.
Page 217 "The Blackguard" 1952 Esquire #3187


  • Model Name: 1952 Esquire Heavy Relic 
  • Model Number: 923-7001-592
  • Series: Teambuilt
  • Color:  Aged Nocaster Blonde
  • Weight:  3058 Gramm
  • SNR: R112644
  • Strings:  Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)


  • Body Material: 2-Pc. lightweight Ash
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer


  • Neck Material: Plain Maple (Dark Tint)
  • Neck Shape: 57 Style Soft "V" 
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" 
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: 6105 Narrow Tall
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Position Inlays:  Black Dots


  • Bridge Pickup: Hand-Wound Original Blackguard
  • Controls: Master Volume,  Mastertone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade


  • Bridge: Vintage Style  51-54 Tele with brass saddles
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
  • Pickguard: 1 Ply Black Phenolic
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top


  • Included Accessories: Case, Strap, Polishing Cloth, Certificate of Authenticity

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