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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 "Nocasters". 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 Original 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.

if you love vintage fender specs...1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreRegina, Saskatchewan
I picked one of these up back in June and it's become my go to telecaster. It came well set up out of the box and with no quality issues. I was looking for a 52 reissue to have a maple board tele to go along with my 64 rosewood board reissue. I realize not everyone likes a 7.25 radius, but if your looking for a vintage spec fender this one is awesome.
Posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2020
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Nice but...3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
To preface this, I will say that I own an American Performer Telecaster and that I could be biased. Broadcaster Pros: - neck / fantastic feel for my large hands, much fuller than my Performer with a modern C. I wasn't too crazy about the lacquered maple as it felt sticky - craftsmanship / flawless! Cons: Weight / I swear it's half the weight of the Performer. I like heavy Teles. This felt like a toy almost. -pickups / while adequate, I felt they were inferior to the greasy, meaty Yosemite sound I am not sure it's the best value Tele out there. Fender is trying to milk the anniversary opp without providing much value for what will turn out to be a $3000 guitar, all in. I loved the neck, but that's it. Even the Vintera would be my more immediate pick despite the noticeably lower quality work. Just get the American Performer if you are after the best Tele 1600 bucks can buy.
Posted by Mile on Oct 7, 2020
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Wow fantastic guitar2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWaterloo, Ontario
The guitars sounds so nice and plays beautifully if your a tele or in this case a broadcaster fan I would suggest to buy one I do not think you'll be disappointed. Other then all that all I gotta say is wow.Try one.
Posted by Les on Sep 17, 2020
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Are you a Fan of Vintage Tele?s?16 of 16 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
If you are a fan of vintage Fender’s, you’ve found the right guitar! For the record I’ve previously owned many US Tele’s including a 58 AVRI and The Page Mirror most recently. I have also been following the release of the Broadcaster since it’s announcement in January 2020. The neck is listed a U shape so it’s larger than the modern C however, it’s not a baseball bat sized neck. It just feels fuller. The maple neck clearcoat is darker than the American Series but not orange. Pics online do not do the Broadcaster justice. I was floored by the grain patterns and colour of the both the body and neck. BRAMPTON had just received the Guitar 2 days prior so I actually was able to be present for the unboxing from Fender. I went in with the idea that I just wanted to view the guitar as I thought it wouldn’t be any different than my 2017 Fender Telecaster AVRI. It was more of let’s go see the pretty pound puppies and see how cute they are. I spent the first 10 minutes visually inspecting the guitar for flaws. I couldn’t find any. So I then played it acoustically as every other Fender I’ve ever owned needed a setup before I was happy. This one played like butter. If I hadn’t seen the unboxing, I wouldn’t have believed this was a factory setup. I never plug in when judging a guitar as sometimes the amp gets in the way. Within the first couple of minutes I knew the Broadcaster was coming home with me! I said goodbye to my AVRI and a Strat to make the purchase. That’s how much I loved the Broadcaster. Shout out to BRAMPTON and fantastic service. The 2020 Broadcaster is only available this year and likely won’t be in large numbers. If you’re at all interested in the Broadcaster, you won’t be disappointed.
Posted by Robert on Mar 4, 2020
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