Fender Custom Shop Founding Master Builder Fred Stuart
Fred was determined to work for Fender, eventually getting hired during the establishment of the Custom Shop in 1987. During that time, the Shop — literally an operation started up in Michael Stevens’ garage in Corona, California — was in its infancy. “We really worked hard in the early days to get it off the ground and keep it off the ground,” Fred recalled. “It was a team effort… the fact that I got to be on the team — it’s like winning the Super Bowl.” During his time at the Shop, he became a Senior Master Builder, working on projects such as the Telecaster Bajo Sexto, the 40th Anniversary Telecaster and a replica of a “Snake Head” Telecaster.
Still and avid guitar, mandolin and dobro player, Stuart also runs his own shop where he winds and makes pickups, as well as building, restoring and relicing guitars, with a client list that includes Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons and others.“
- Maple neck and fingerboard
- Single Fender bridge pickup
- Locking tuners
- Three position switch back: Tone cutoff, middle: Vol/Tone, front: 50’s low, dark output.
- Switching position #1. This rear position is the same as on a standard Esquire. The pickup is routed through the volume control only, with the tone control bypassed for a hotter, louder lead sound with extra highs.
- Switching position #2. This middle position is also the same as on a standard Esquire, with the pickup routed through the volume and tone controls. It sounds a little warmer than position #1.
- Switching position #3. In the front position of the Eldred Esquire wiring, the pickup is routed through a single, small capacitor and volume control, with the tone control bypassed once again. Very low output.
- Tweed non-original Gator case