Fender launches the 70th anniversary Broadcaster
Fender has launched the 70th Anniversary Broadcaster, a reproduction of the original solid-body guitar that preceded the Telecaster.
The term Broadcaster was the original name for the guitar model, but in early 1951 Gretsch asked Fender to stop using the name as it was using ‘Broadcaster’ for a line of drums. For a while, the guitars were made with no name on the headstock – only a Fender logo. These became the highly-sought-after Nocasters. After this, Fender chose the name Telecaster, and the rest is history.
The original Broadcaster was Fender’s first solid-body electric guitar with a truss rod and two pickups. The fact that those were novel features tells you how far back in guitar history Fender has delved for this edition. Original Broadcaster models are thought to exist in numbers of less than 300, and hence are incredibly collectable.
For those not wishing to remortgage their home, however, the 70th Anniversary Broadcaster features many of the same specs. These include an ash body with Blackguard Blonde lacquer finish, period-correct black phenolic pickguard, a thick U-shaped neck, two Custom Shop-designed ’50-’51 Blackguard single-coils, a special anniversary neck plate and an embroidered case.
The controls are wired for standard Telecaster operation, but for true authenticity, there’s an included Broadcaster wiring kit, which can be installed to replicate the unique “blend” circuit used in original Broadcasters. Production of the 70th Anniversary Broadcaster will be limited to 2020 only.
The guitar lists for £2,009. Find out more over at fender.com.
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