When Brad Paisley announced his new Seymour Duncan Secret Agent “stealth” Esquire pickup back in August, we didn’t expect it to feature on a signature guitar quite so soon – but the first details have now surfaced on a new Fender Brad Paisley Esquire, with that very pickup in tow.
Like his signature Telecaster, Paisley’s Esquire features a Road Worn finish, this time in a Black Sparkle lacquer. And as per that model, the body is built from a paulownia core with spruce top and back.
Of course, it’s the pickups that set this model apart from the Telecaster – and, in fact, any other Esquire in the Fender catalogue.
As well as a custom-wound ’64 Tele bridge pickup, Paisley’s Secret Agent neck pickup is mounted underneath the black-and-silver paisley pickguard, which essentially makes this model just as tonally flexible as a Telecaster.
Otherwise, this is spec’d as per the Tele, with a custom Enhanced ‘V’-shaped maple neck with 9.5” radius fingerboard, as well as Road Worn vintage-style hardware, including a Tele bridge with three brass compensated saddles.
This looks Very Cool Indeed. Whether you plump for the Tele or Esquire will most likely depend on your lust for the clean Esquire look, but the darker, jazzier tone of the Secret Agent pickup could tempt a few Tele fans, too.
More info is set to arrive on this one in the coming weeks, but for now you can head to Fender for more.
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