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70th Anniversary Broadcaster®

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In the fall of 1950, the world of guitar and popular music changed forever with the introduction of the Broadcaster®, Fender’s first solid body electric guitar with a truss rod and two pickups. A few short months later, a telegram from Gretsch®, owner of the BroadKaster® trademark, ended Fender’s use of the name. For a short time, the word "Broadcaster" was simply clipped off the headstock decal - these guitars are known as "Nocaster®s." Thereafter, this revolutionary guitar was dubbed the Telecaster®. Original Broadcaster models, of which only 250 are thought to have been produced, have become highly collectible.

The Fender® 70th Anniversary Broadcaster celebrates the remarkable origins of one of Fender’s most iconic models. Features include an ash body with Blackguard Blonde lacquer finish, period-correct black phenolic pickguard, thick "U"-shaped neck, Custom Shop-designed '50-'51 Blackguard pickups, special anniversary neck plate, embroidered case and a custom COA. The controls are wired for standard Telecaster operation, while an optional original Broadcaster wiring kit, included in the case, 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.

Features

  • Ash body with Blackguard Blonde lacquer finish
  • One-piece maple neck with 7.25” radius fingerboard and 21 vintage-tall frets
  • ‘50s Broadcaster spaghetti logo
  • Fender Custom Shop Designed '50-'51 Blackguard pickups
  • 1-ply black phenolic pickguard
  • Custom neckplate, COA and embroidered hardshell case
LACQUER FINISH
LACQUER FINISH

The nitrocellulose lacquer finish not only lets the body breathe with its true tonal character, it also ages and wears in a distinctively personal way.

CUSTOM SHOP-DESIGNED BLACKGUARD PICKUPS
CUSTOM SHOP-DESIGNED BLACKGUARD PICKUPS

Designed by the Fender Custom Shop, these single-coil pickups recreate the tone of the earliest Telecaster models.

THICK “U” NECK SHAPE
THICK “U” NECK SHAPE

This Telecaster features a “U”-shaped neck profile for the substantial fret-hand feel typical of instruments from our original decade.

VINTAGE-ACCURATE BODY AND NECK RADII
VINTAGE-ACCURATE BODY AND NECK RADII

Original-era fans can rest assured every curve and line of the body and neck are accurate to the historic originals.

AUTHENTIC BROADCASTER WIRING KIT IN CASE
AUTHENTIC BROADCASTER WIRING KIT IN CASE

A reproduction of the vintage-correct Broadcaster 'blend' circuit is included in the case and can optionally be installed in the guitar for the most authentic experience.

ANNIVERSARY NECK PLATE AND EMBROIDERED CASE
ANNIVERSARY NECK PLATE AND EMBROIDERED CASE

Commemorative neck plate and embroidered case celebrates 70 years since the introduction of the Broadcaster.

Body
  • Body Material
    Ash
  • Body Finish
    Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Shape
    Telecaster®
Neck
  • Neck Material
    1-Piece Maple
  • Neck Finish
    Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Shape
    '50 Broadcaster® "U"
  • Scale Length
    25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Material
    1-Piece Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius
    7.25" (184.1 mm)
  • Number of Frets
    21
  • Fret Size
    Vintage Tall
  • Nut Material
    Bone
  • Nut Width
    1.630” (41.4 mm)
  • Position Inlays
    Black Dot
Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup
    Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
  • Neck Pickup
    Custom Shop Designed '50-'51 Blackguard
  • Controls
    Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Switching
    3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge, Position 2. Bridge and Neck, Position 3. Neck
  • Configuration
    SS
Hardware
  • Bridge
    3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Brass Barrel Saddles
  • Hardware Finish
    Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Machines
    Vintage-Style
  • Pickguard
    1-Ply Black Phenolic
  • Control Knobs
    Knurled Dome-Style
  • Switch Tip
    Early '50s Tele® Black
  • Neck Plate
    4-Bolt
Miscellaneous
  • Strings
    Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Legal Notice
    WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Accessories
  • Case/Gig Bag
    Vintage Tweed Case

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