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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / Fender Esprit and Flame guitars, '80's Master Series

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Charleston, SC

Too many guitars, one great riff
Jun 9th, 2005 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just a quick thank you...

Someone e-mailed me with a source for replacement control knobs. From one of our sponsors no less, Guitar Parts Resource. (D'oh)

Unfortunately, I deleted the e-mail.

They arrived and they are a perfect match. So thanks for the heads up!



Jul 10th, 2005 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Bottom Line, I do like your site. I especially like the original marketing info as I'd never seen it before. I also hadn't seen all the colour variations.

DO you guys know if there is much of a market for Fender Esprits? I've got a Candy Red Burst Fender Esprit Elite that I bought back in about 1991 and I haven't played it for about 5 years so was thinking of putting it up on eBay but don't want to find that I'd only get 50.

Have you heard of any of these selling recently?

I see quite a few posts about the new Squier Esprits and therefore assume that there must be some sort of demand.

bottom line
Contributing Member


Jul 11th, 2005 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the kind word about the site, and thanks for checking it out.

I assume you've seen the Autumn Burst Esprit standard which sold for @$880 plus shipping, and there is also the black Esprit standard auction which ends this week. Opening bid on the black one is $799, and there are no bids as of yet. I haven't seen an Esprit Elite on ebay for a while, but I do know they typically sell for more than Esprit standards.
I've pretty much given up trying to 'Peg The Market' regarding Master Series guitars. I have been wondering how the new Squiers would affect the prices of the '80's models on Ebay, but the Squier bodies are mahogany, so they are inherently different anyway.
I guess I'd be VERY interested in finding out how many new Squier Esprits have been manufactured and/or shipped.
Sorry for the non-answers, best of luck, I'll be watching the auctions...

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Los Angeles, CA

Aug 1st, 2005 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Meado, do you have part numbers for the knobs? There are A LOT of knobs at GPR!

Contributing Member

Charleston, SC

Too many guitars, one great riff
Aug 4th, 2005 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile  


here you go...

part # 003-6409-000

Genuine Fender "F" Black Knob.

I bought a set of 4 to replace the originals that were deteriorating.

Good Luck!

bottom line
Contributing Member


Aug 17th, 2005 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

the guitars featured on the www.masterseriesguitars.com website are owned by a few different people, it was a collaboration.

It is definitely a mystery why Fender hasn't included hardshell cases with the new Squier Esprit guitars. I was considering ordering one from Musician's Friend on the net. In fact, I emailed them to ask what case they recommend. They did give me a description of a recommended model of case, but I can't remember what it was. You could certainly ask them. It was a rectangular case with an 'open area' inside. The photo of it looked like it did offer good back-of-neck support. Sorry I didn't save the email.

Occasionally the old '80's Master Series CASES appear on Ebay. I can tell you with absolute certainty that only 1 black rectangular case was used for BOTH Flames AND Esprits, both guitars fit in those cases, if that helps you. The only problem with the old cases is that the hinges haven't held up well over time, and they come loose unfortunately. Good luck...



Aug 20th, 2005 04:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a cherryburst Esprit and an Automburst Flame...The Esprit came in a molded Fender case that fits absolutly perfect, the Flame came in those retangle black cases and they just purly suck...Himges are screwed, the quality of the case is BAD I mean, I wouldn't like to drop it with the guitar in it let alone tour with it...The other case on the other hand is perfectly strong and has stood up to everything...



Aug 20th, 2005 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, also, saw an 80's strat ellete or something like that (active electronics and 3 push buttons instead of a 5 way switch) in one of the music shops I go to and it was origionaly sold with the same crap rectangle cases that my Flame is in so I think they weren't just for the Masters series, but more like a generic fender case that was designed to hold mutiple models...I'd be interested to know what my Fender case with my Esprit is as I've seen them with other esprits sold and it looks (from memory) exactly like the one my D'Aquisto's being sold to me in (also the origional case)...Was there 2 lines of cases they sold them with mabey?...

My esprit's case is shaped and arched on the top...Pefect fit and when you open it it has (on the underside of the lid at the bottom end of the guitar) a stripping of material with the fender logo's repeated on it like those fender straps you see and like I said, mine isn't the only one I've seen with Esprits...

bottom line
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Aug 22nd, 2005 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, there were a few different cases used for Master Series guitars. The form-fit you describe has red interior lining.
Believe it or not there were actually a few different rectangular cases made and used. I have one which is a bit deeper than the others, so maybe there were a few different production runs, possibly a few different manufacturers involved. I agree that the rectangular cases are very poorly designed, but I have one or two which are like new, and I completely trust them. I do have one of the 'red' ones also, and it does seem to do an adequate job. Any case is good if it will do it's job...



Aug 22nd, 2005 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile  


Tell ya though...I'd trust my form fit case much more than the rectangle jobbie...Put too much presure on the rectangle jobbie and it caves in...You can put MUCH more presure on the form fit and it won't budge...Good thing too as afew things have fallin' on mine in the past, but...no damage...


USA/Long Island

Scouring the world for Heartfields !
Jan 2nd, 2006 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Memriloc,

I believe I've been trying to contact you regarding the Flame you have for sale. I guess it's you in Australia I saw an ad from. Please contact me at nycgebay@optonline.net. Thanks.




Oct 12th, 2008 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can you tell me where to get the Vol/tone knobs with the F on the top for the Fender Flame Elite




Apr 6th, 2010 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice site. Thanks for doing it! I learned a lot more than I knew about the Master Series. Makes me want to get one to go with my Heartfield EX-1!



Oct 4th, 2016 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello. could someone tell me where the serial number is on a fender flame please? not on the back of the headstock on mine. i have original case with it .




Oct 18th, 2017 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Flame Elite in black was delivered yesterday. See the OP goes back 12 years. Thanks for the websire which is still there!
Yes where is the serial number? Not on neck not in control cavity.

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the downtime
Oct 18th, 2017 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty sure the serial number was stamped into the wood on the rear of the headstock.

Over time, many of these have become difficult to read, and some have become almost invisible. This problem is also common with 90s-era Guilds.

Hold the guitar under a bright light and examine the rear of the headstock. Look at the reflection of the light in the guitar's finish, and you'll probably find evidence of a stamped number.



Oct 21st, 2017 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I checked again and no sign of any embossment on the back of the neck not even any slight faded stamping in the finish.



Oct 21st, 2017 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Checked the site post previously for the knobs, they no longer show. Mine are in good condition except the numbers are hard to see. The are raised numbers not embossed so can probably use a fine tip white paint pen to touch them up.



Oct 29th, 2017 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

OK I took a strong light to the back of the headstock and there IS a S/N. Without the bright light there is no evidence of it and it almost appears as if it is under the finish just kinda floating there. No embossing in the surface.

Mines and 84

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