1950 Fender Broadcaster 70th Anniversary Limited Edition
“Relic” Aged Nocaster Blonde
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Our twenty-eight Broadcaster has just arrived. For the lucky customers that own one, they just keep raving about their Broadcaster!
Last of the 70th Anniversary Broadcaster’s. Fender are no longer taking orders, only filling back orders.
VP of Product Development at Fender Mike Lewis took some time to take us behind the scenes of the Fender Custom Shop. Learn about the development of the 70th anniversary Fender Broadcaster Reissue, how a Teambuilt guitar is built and much more.
“Fender Broadcaster – 2020 Only”
Fender changed the music world forever in October 1950 with the first dual-pickup electric Spanish guitar—the Broadcaster®. The instrument vaulted Fender into the mainstream of electric guitar, with gorgeous features and smart innovations including an ash body with a translucent blonde nitrocellulose finish, sturdy maple neck with rear-installed truss rod for solid stability (with a walnut “skunk stripe”), single-ply black phenolic pickguard, two loud-and-clear pickups and versatile wiring for three distinctive tone settings. 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.
Now, for 2020 alone, the Custom Shop has resurrected this famously rare guitar in honour of its 70th anniversary. 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.