The Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Limited Edition Joe Strummer Esquire Relic by Jason Smith in Olympic White has arrived! Obviously, this is as cool as it gets for any fan of The Clash, specifically their guitarist, Joe Strummer. Not only is this stripped-down Masterbuilt Esquire built one of the best craftsman Fender has to offer, but it comes with the coolest flight case Fender has ever offered! A pink Anvil Flight Case with plush Leopard Print Interior elevates this package to a whole other level! Oh, and the matching Leopard Print Standard Vintage Strap is pretty cool too!
From the Fender Custom Shop Website...
The Legendary Joe Strummer played guitar with an intensity that cut like a knife with raw energy and passion in every intense swipe at the strings. He was the embodiment of Punk culture and a crucial component of its development. His style was direct, honest, and empowering to the listener which would create legions of die-hard fans around the world.
Best known for his work with The Clash, Strummer and his bandmates were a major part of creating punk rock and have inspired countless other bands to this day. Strummer commanded the stage like a fiercely determined punk rock commander and blasted songs out of his guitar like a machine gun. His weapon of choice for the London Calling and Combat Rock era was his tried and true Fender Esquire®. A perfect match for his stripped-down, no-nonsense delivery, the Esquire was the perfect tool for Strummer to hammer away on show after show working out angst and often having his drummer play on the strings with drumsticks during songs. The guitar was one of Strummer’s favorites and appeared on many of their most famous performances especially in the later years of the band.
We are very happy to be able to re-create this incredible piece of music history in the Fender Custom Shop for a special limited edition run. Master builder Jason Smith has reincarnated the Esquire to its Clash era look in exacting detail with its black racing stripe, custom “Bourbon Street” sticker, and custom Relic finish. Not just for the collector, this guitar is built to take a beating and produce a straight-ahead searing tone for anyone bold enough to wield it in combat on stage.
Features include a 2-piece offset seam alder body, with a 1-ply eggshell pickguard, flat-sawn maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 9.5” radius, medium jumbo frets, a ’59 “C” shaped profile, and Schaller mini tuning machines. A top-load/string-through Tele® bridge assembly is set up with a Josefina hand-wound 55/56 bridge pickup wired up to a 3-way switch and a ‘59 Esquire wiring. Also includes a certificate of authenticity, strap, and a custom pink (more like Burgundy Mist minus the metallic) anvil case with “Strummer” stencil and leopard print lining.