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Fender Custom Shop

R108978

Fender Custom Shop - Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster® - Heavy Relic® Aged Nocaster® Blonde

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 Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Company, Inc.

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-centre 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.

 

 

 

Specs

Serial Number

R108978

Weight

 

SKU

R108978

Type

Solid Body

Colour

Aged Nocaster Blonde

Orientation

Right Handed

Number of Strings

6

Body Shape

51 Nocaster

Body Material

2-Piece Ash Off Centre

Body Finish

Flash Coat Lacquer

Neck Material

Maple Rift Sawn

Neck Shape

1950 Blackguard "U"

Fretboard Material

N/a

Number of Frets

21

Fretboard Inlays

Micarta Black .250 Dot

Fret Size

Medium Vintage 47095

Fretboard Radius

7.25" - 9.5" Compound Radius (184.15mm - 241mm)

Nut Material

Bone

Nut Width

1.630" (41.4mm)

Neck Pickups

Handwound 50-51 Blackguard Neck

Bridge Pickups

Handwound 50-51 Blackguard Bridge

Controls

1951 Modified Broadcaster

Bridge

Tele 51-54

Tuners

Vintage w/ Fender Logo

Strings

0.10-0.46

Case/ Bag

Period-correct Fender Custom Shop Hardcase

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