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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 has 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 most heavily used guitar throughout 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 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 Josephina hand-wound 55/56 bridge pickup wired up to a 3-way switch and a ‘59 Esquire wiring. Also, it comes with a certificate of authenticity, strap, and a custom pink anvil case with “Strummer” stencil and leopard print lining.


Brand Fender Custom Shop
ModelLimited Edition Masterbuilt Joe Strummer Esquire Relic by Jason Smith
ETAEarly 2021
Master BuilderJason Smith
Limited RunOnly 70 Pieces Worldwide
Finish ColorOlympic White
Finish TypeNitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Wood2-Piece Offset Seam Alder
Neck WoodFlatsawn Maple
Neck Shape1959 Esquire C
FingerboardFlat-Laminated AAA Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius9.5"
Width at Nut1.650”
Nut MaterialBone
Frets21 Medium Jumbo
Pickups1 Custom Shop Hand-Wound Josefinea ‘55/’56 Tele Single-Coil
ControlsVolume, Tone, 3-Way
Switching'59 Esquire
TunersSchaller Minis
Bridge3-Saddle Vintage Style Tele, Top-Load or Strings-Through-Body with Threaded Steel Saddles
Pickguard1-Ply Eggshell
CaseHardshell Case

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