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 honor 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. This one in particular is a beauty with the Journeyman Relic treatment.
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.
Come to Club Fender at Truetone Music to experience it today, or make it yours right here right now.
**Please note, due to a typographical error on the original C of A, a new and correct C of A was created and is included.
The guitar will include BOTH of the C of A's, and the dates on them are different due to Fender not back dating C of A replacements for any reason.
- Serial # R106201
- Weight: 7.2 lbs
- Finish Package: Journeyman Relic
- Finish: Flash Coat Nitro Lacquer
- Color: Nocaster Blonde
- Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
- Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
- Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
- Body: 2-Piece Offset Seam Ash (sort for lightweight)
- Neck: Maple
- Dots: Black
- Neck Shape: '50 Broadcaster "U"
- Frets: 21
- Fretwire: Medium Vintage
- Radius: 7.25 to 9.5" Compound
- Neck Nut Width: 1.630"
- Bone Nut
- Tuners: Vintage
- String Guide: Vintage
- Bridge: 3-Saddle '50 Broadcaster® with Brass Saddles
- Neck Plate: Custom Shop Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster
- Switch: 3 Way
- Wiring: 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.