The world of guitars, and quite honestly - the world was changed in October 1950 with the first dual-pickup 'electric Spanish' guitar which was dubbed the Broadcaster. The guitar was innovative as it was beautiful, with an ash body and blonde finish, a stury maple neck with walnut skunk stripe to cover the truss rod, single-ply black pickguard and two clear-as-a-bell single-coil pickups. Revolutionary as it was, however, the Broadcaster was short lived—produced only for a couple months until January 1951 because of an already-existing trademark on the name held by the Gretsch guitar company. The Fender Custom Shop has released four different finishes to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the groundbreaking instrument. The Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster has a two-piece select ash body with off-center seam, available in four different Custom Shop aging packages—NOS Time Capsule, Journeyman Relic®, Relic and Heavy Relic—all finished in the original “flash coat” lacquer. The one-piece rift-sawn maple neck has a 1950 Broadcaster profile, 7.25”-9.5” vintage compound-radius fingerboard and 21 medium vintage frets. Other features include hand-wound ’50-’51 Blackguard pickups with ’51 modded “Nocaster” wiring (similar to the original, with blender pot and slightly brighter rhythm setting in the neck position). The guitar comes with a “case candy” kit containing a 70th anniversary neck plate, Fat ’50s control assembly and original Broadcaster sales flyer reprint. Also includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.
Includes: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Certificate of Authenticity, Case Candy Kit (70th Anniversary Neck Plate, Fat '50s Control Plate, Original Broadcaster Sales Flyer Reprint)
- Solidbody Electric Guitar
- Time Capsule Faded Nocaster Blonde Finish
- 2-Piece Offset Seam Ash Body
- ’50 Broadcaster “U” Shape Maple Neck
- 25.5" Scale Length
- 1.630" Width Bone Nut
- 7.25-9.5" Radius
- 21 Medium Vintage Frets
- Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard Pickups
- 3-Saddle ’50 Broadcaster Bridge with Brass Barrel Saddles
- 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup With Blender, Position 2. Neck Pickup with Volume, Position 3. Neck Pickup with Volume, 10K Resistor and .001uF Capacitor.
- Dot Inlays
- Vintage-Style Tuners
- 1-Ply Black Phenolic PIckguard
- 6 lbs, 9 oz.
- 1.00” Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
- 1.01” Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
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