In 1950 the Fender Esquire was the first Solid body electric guitar offered widely to the public. A year later Fender brought out the Broadcaster which had two pickups. Gibson came out their first offering in 1952 with the Les Paul. Cruzcaster #022 is modelled after the Esquire. It has only one pickup, as simple as a guitar gets. I wasn’t planning on making an Esquire but I had a beautiful 1966 Wyoming license plate with a great picture of a cowboy on it. It would have been a shame to cut a hole in the cowboy’s head for a pickup so the Cruzcaster Esquire was born. Even though it has one pickup, it has a three way switch with three different sounds. I started out by doing my research to find what avid Esquire fans said was the best pickup, and settled on the Cavalier Fat Lion. (I don’t know how they come up with these names) I wired the switch using the Eldred Mod which has become quite a common mod for these single pickup guitars and now have a guitar that rivals any Esquire out there. Fender USA stopped making these in 1969 and now they are only available as Mexican made or through Fender Custom Shop. This Cruzcaster Esquire has USA made pickups, body, bridge, tuners, tone knobs etc. but has the added advantage of being “Made in Canada”.