"The spare for the main is pretty much an identical guitar. Although this one is a Fender Esquire, it's still John Bolin made. It's Gibson scaled. The only difference is that it does not have Glendale saddles, it has six saddles and it's stringed through the body, not a top-loading bridge. It's firstly the same guitar I consider it the same guitar, and it's only used if something goes wrong with the main Tele guitar," says Billy Gibbson's guitar tech about the Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar.more
[This article](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/legendary-guitar-bruce-514.aspx) by Gibson, talks about Bruce Springsteen's Fender Esquire. The article reads, "One of the most deserving of Legendary Guitar status of any electric on the planet, Bruce Springsteen’s ’50s Fender Esquire is both a cover star and a lifelong “No. 1” pick for this rock and roller. Springsteen has played other guitars, and naturally takes plenty of spares on the road with him, but the image of The Boss will forever be linked with that blackguard maple-neck Esquire, a guitar that he has consistently stated is the best he has ever played."more
This is a Mexi-made Esquire. Swamp-ash body, maple neck, etc. Pretty much a classic 50s telecaster with 1 pickup and the esquire's wonky wiring. But the wiring scheme is part of the charm of an esquire as is the reduced string pull from just 1 pickup that makes these guitars just a touch meaner than their big brothers. This guitar has a well-applied Polyurethane white-blonde finish that is too glossy for my taste. Feels weird under my forearm. The neck is finished in vintage tinted poly and is fairly glossy, but in a good way. I never seem to stick to it even when I get sweaty.
My 3 star review is based on how I got this esquire stock. Its really a 4.5 star after some tweaking. An Angeltone 1950B pickup went in the bridge and I switched the stock steel barrels for a set of Hipshot compensated brass saddles. That seemed to bring the guitar to life plugged in. I didn't feel that the stock parts put forward its midrangey voice unplugged.
She doesn't have an official name but I often refer to her as Mary (as in Mary Kaye cosmetics, even though she is not truly Mary Kaye) or the Deathsquire (mine has a black bakelite pickguard installed by the previous owner) because she wears more black than any of my other guitars. Tré funereal, Baron Samedi!