Fender Esprit (Japan 1984) Owner's manual

Fender Esprit (Japan 1984) Owner's manual
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Contents
FEATURES
D'Aquisto 2
Esprit 3
Flame 4
CONTROL OPERATIONS
Volume Control 5
Tone Control 5
Adjustable Pickups 5, 6
Adjustable Bridges 6
Adjustable Tailpiece 7
SECURITY LOCK-STRAP SYSTEM 8
Adjustment Procedure 8, 9, 10, 11
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We are pleased that you have selecred one of our fine
quality Master Series guitars. Whether it's an Esprit
Flame or D'Aquisto model, each instrument
incorporates the highest quality components with the
finest workmanship and is warranted to give you
complete satisfaction.
From the ele¢antly crafted D'Aquisto Series —
designed and built under the personal supervision of
the master luthier h imself — to the contemporaril 1/-
styled Esprit models — to the slimmed-down Flame
ine, each offers a combination of tHime-proven design
and exciting new tonalities and features unavailable
anywhere else. As a result, you are assured of
receiving an instrument of superior quality, lasting
beauty and exceptional playability.
Your playing pleasure will be enhanced if you
become thoroughly acquainted with all the features of
your Instrument. We urge you to take the necessary
time to familiarize yourself with the many new
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features and electronics described in this
manual, and then begin to enjoy
the ultimate in playing comfort
and satisfaction,
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D'Aquisto Features
TRUSS ROD COVER
PICKUP
SELECTOR
SWITCH (Standard only)
Three position:
(1) Neck Pick Up |
(2) Neck/Bridge Pick Up
(3) Bridge Pick Up
ADJUSTABLE
PICKUPS
(front) Neck VOLUME — Bridge
(back) Bridge (Standard only)
(Standard only)
TONE — Bridge
(Standard only)
TONE — Neck
BRIDGE Standard & Elite
HEIGHT only
ADJUSTERS VOLUME — Neck
(Standard & Elite only)
Esprit Features
TRUSS ROD
COVER
ADJUSTABLE
PICKUPS
(front) Neck
(back) Bridge
VOLUME
Neck Pick Up
PICKUP
SELECTOR
SWITCH
Three position:
SECURITY
LOCK-STRAP
BUTTON
(Top and Bottom)
1 (1) Neck Pick Up
COILS 3 (2) Neck/Bridge Pick Up
a (3) Bridge Pick Up
VOLUME
BRIDGE Bridge Pick Up
HEIGHT
ADJUSTERS TBX (Elite & Ultra)
FINE TUNING Neck Pick Up
ADJUSTERS TONE (Standard)
Neck Pick Up
(Elite & Ultra only)
COIL SPLITTER
SWITCH (Elite & Ultra only) TBX — Bridge Pick Up (Elite E Ultra)
Turns Off Coils 1 and 4 TONE — Bridge Pick Up (Standard)
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Flame Features
TRUSS ROD
COVER
ADJUSTABLE
PICKUPS
(front) Neck
(back) Bridge
VOLUME
Neck Pick Up
PICKUP
SELECTOR
SWITCH
Three position:
(1) Neck Pick Up
(2) Neck/Bridge Pick Up
(3) Bridge Pick Up
VOLUME
Bridge Pick Up
SECURITY
LOCK-STRAP
BUTTON
(Top and Bottom)
COILS
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BRIDGE
HEIGHT
ADJUSTERS
FINE TUNING
ADJUSTERS
(Elite & Ultra only)
COIL SPLITTER
SWITCH
(Elite & Ultra only) TBX — Bridge Pick Up (Elite E Ultra)
Turns Off Coils 1 and 4 TONE — Bridge Pick Up (Standard)
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TBX (Elite & Ultra)
Neck Pick Up
TONE (Standard)
Neck Pick Up
CONTROLS
The Volume Control allows you to regulate the
overall output of the instrument. On dual pickup
models, separate Volume Controls for each pickup
allow you to mix the sound from the individual
pickups when they are used together.
The Tone Control allows you to modify the
instruments tonal response. On the Esprit and Flame,
Ultra and Elite models, a unique tone circuit features
Fender's new TBX™ Tone Control (Pat. Pending).
The TBX™ Control has a center detent position
that gives you the standard Fender sound. By rotating
the knob clockwise, you will notice increased presence
and brightness. Rotating the control from the detent
position, counterclockwise, it works like a normal tone
control.
By experimenting with this control you will find
your new Fender Master Series guitar can cover a
wide range of possibilities; from the mellowest jazz
sounds to the brightest country licks — from the
funkiest R&B rhythms to the hottest rock leads.
ADJUSTABLE PICKUPS
The Pickups on your Master Series guitar are fully
adjustable for height and matched string volume. Tilt
and height adjustments are made by turning the three
Pickup Adjustment Screws located at either end of
the pickup. To raise a pickup, turn the adjustment
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screws counterclockwise; to lower, turn them
clockwise. The tilt adjustment keeps the pickups
parallel to the strings when adjusting for height or
maximum tonality and output.
A separate coil-splitter switch permits the pickups
(on the Flame and Esprit models) to be used as
humbuckers or switched for brilliant, single-coil
“Fender type” sound. Note: Does not apply to
D’Aquisto Ultra. A special pickguard mounted
pickup assembly is available for the D’Aquisto Ultra
model.
ADJUSTABLE BRIDGES
The Bridges on the D'Aquisto models are carved from
solid rosewood or ebony, while the Esprit and Flame
models feature a completely new, three-axis adjustable
bridge developed by Fender for the Master Series
guitars. |
Each string on the three-axis bridge is individually
adjustable for side-to-side spacing. Roller-type string
saddles combine with adjustable tailpiece height and a
unique angle-compensating string attachment to
achieve superior playability at any desired tension
setting.
- The Bridges may be adjusted to the desired height
by turning the two Height Adjustment Thumb Nuts
on either end of the bridge. The Bridge also allows
length adjustment of the strings to assure perfect
intonation. For greater accuracy, this adjustment
should be made when strings are in new condition
(see Adjustment Procedure for more detailed
information.) |
ADJUSTABLE TAILPIECE
The Tailpiece on your Master Series guitar allows
adjustment of the angle at which the strings cross the
bridge. Lowering the tailpiece will result in a stiffer
action, brighter tonality and increased volume while
raising will create a more flexible feel to the strings,
mellower tone and softer action. The tailpiece has
been set to a median level at the factory. |
On the D'Aquisto models, to adjust the height of
the ebony tailpiece, loosen the three screws and strap
button screw on the bottom of the guitar and raise or
lower to the desired height. This should be done
without any tension on the strings.
The angle-compensating tailpiece on the Flame
and Esprit models feature a top load stringing system.
Height adjustment is achieved by first removing the
strings and carefully sliding the tailpiece off the height
adjusting studs. Turn the studs clockwise to lower and
‘counterclockwise to raise to the desired height.
The Elite and Ultra models have a “micro” fine-
tuning adjustment on the tailpiece. Before tuning the
strings, set the fine tuners on the tailpiece at the
midway point — this will provide the maximum range
for more precise tuning.
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Fender Master Series guitars are equipped with
security lock-strap buttons. Attach the specially
designed locks directly to your strap. Slip the locking
mechanism over the strap button and pull it into
position until it snap locks. Your strap is now secure
on the instrument and cannot be removed unless you
pull the lock release button.
LOCKING
MECHANISM RELEASE (PULL)
GUITAR
SIRAP
LOCKING NUT
—E— SECURITY LOCK-STRAP BUTTON
ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE
Because of travel, climatic conditions and differences
in playing styles, you might have need to adjust your
Fender Master Series guitar. If it becomes necessary,
the following procedure is the standard set at the
factory.
To make these adjustments, you will need the
following: |
1— Truss Rod Adjustment
Socket Wrench (supplied)
1— #1 Phillips Head Screwdriver
1— Capo
1— Feeler gauge
1— 6” Mechanics ruler
1. Tuning
Tune the instrument to standard pitch.
2. Adjust Neck Curvature
Sight down the neck and check for irregularities.
Install a capo at the first fret, depress the 6th
string at the last fret with your left hand. Using a
feeler gauge, check the gap between the bottom
of the 6th string and the top of the 8th fret. The
recommended string clearance should be no more
than .018” nor less than .008” No other fret
should show a gap greater than that measured at
the sth fret. No intermediate frets should be
higher than the line running from the first to the
last fret.
If an adjustment is necessary, remove the truss
rod cover and insert the socket wrench (supplied)
into the truss rod adjustment hole. Rotate it
gently until you feel it engage the truss rod
adjusting nut.
As you sight down the neck from the headstock,
if it is too concave, turn the wrench clockwise. If
it is too straight or convex, turn the wrench
counterclockwise while regularly checking the
gap with the feeler gauge.
If extreme resistance is felt while adjusting in
either direction, do not continue adjusting. If the
truss rod nut is loosened all the way and you still
cannot get the proper gap take the instrument to
the nearest authorized Fender dealer or service
center for inspection.
3. Set Bridge Height
The recommended string clearance at the twelfth
fret should be: |
Strings 1-4 5/64” +1/64”
Strings 5-6 3/32” +1/64”
Repeat the same check using the first string.
Periodically re-check tuning for standard pitch.
4. Set Pickup Height
Depress all strings at the last fret. Check the
distance from the bottom of the first and sixth
strings to the top of the pole piece. The
measurement should be as follows:
1st String — 1/16”
6th String — 3/32”
5. Set Nut Height
The string clearance at the first fret should be as
follows:
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Strings 1-3 .018”
Strings 4-6 .020”
Strings should appear to be spaced equally from
center to center. The outside two strings should
appear to be equally spaced from the edge of the
neck approximately 3/32” from the outer edge.
6. Check for fret rattle
With the instrument plugged into your amplifier
and the pickup selector switch in the neck
position, pick in the area between the neck and
bridge pickups. Play each fret position, holding
the pick parallel to the plane of the body, to
determine that the strings do not buzz or rattle
against successively higher frets.
Bend the first and second strings at the 12th, 15th
and 17th frets up one whole tone in pitch. The
notes should ring true without choking off.
Due to differences in playing styles and picking
techniques, action settings that produce no string
rattle for one player may rattle when another
player plays the instrument. If you have followed
all the adjustment procedures listed and set the
string action at the top end of the string height,
but are still experiencing fret rattle take the
instrument to an authorized Fender dealer or
qualified service center.
7. Adjust Intonation (Recheck tuning)
With an electronic tuner, the pickup selector
switch in the neck pickup position and the tone
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control rolled off to ‘0; check the intonation of
each string by playing the 12th fret harmonic and
comparing it to the actual fretted note. The pitch
should be the same + 1 cent.
CARE OF YOUR FENDER GUITAR
Your new Fender Master Series guitar is precision
made to give you many years of satisfaction. A few
simple maintenance procedures will help you keep
your instrument playing like new.
After you have finished playing, thoroughly wipe
the entire guitar, including the strings, with a clean,
soft cloth. A regular routine for cleaning your
instrument with Fender Polish is recommended.
Avoid exposing the guitar to any chemical or
substance that might mar the finish, as well as, to
direct sunlight or other sources of excessive heat,
humidity or shock.
You must use extreme caution when a
thoroughly chilled instrument is to be played. It is
important to avoid sudden changes in temperature
since this may cause checking to the finish. While this
condition does not affect the tone, it does mar the
finish.
Let the instrument warm up safely in its own
case. Then, open the case gradually allowing warm air
to enter slowly. After the instrument is removed,
leave the case open so it, too, can warm up
thoroughly. If exposure to temperature extremes is
unavoidable, as during shipping, string tension should
be reduced to avoid possible damage.
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Change your strings often. Dirty, corroded or
worn strings cause loss of sustain, loss of treble
frequencies and faulty intonation.
If your guitar needs repair, refer all such work to
your Authorized Fender Dealer whose trained
personnel and complete service facility assure your
satisfaction. |
Note pertinent facts below as a record in case of
theft, loss or resale.
Model Serial No.
Date Purchased | Price
Dealer
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Musical
instruments
Printed in U.S.A. 024660
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