Fender Ltd Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster Heavy Relic Aged
About This Guitar
Fender changed the music world forever in October 1950 with the first double pickup electric Spanish guitar - the Fender Broadcaster®. This 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, only in 2020, the Fender Custom Shop has resurrected this famously rare guitar in honor of its 70th anniversary. The Fender 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.
Weight - 6 lbs 12.7 ozs
Features & Specifications
- Name: Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster®, Heavy Relic®, Aged Nocaster® Blonde
- Model Number: 9235001123
- Series: Limited Edition
- Color: Aged Nocaster Blonde
- Body Material: 2-Piece Offset Seam Ash
- Body Finish: Heavy Relic® Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Shape: '50 Broadcaster® "U"
- Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
- Radius: 7.25" to 9.5" Compound Radius (184 mm to 241 mm)
- Frets: 21 Medium Vintage
- Nut: Bone 1.630” (41.4 mm)
- Neck Finish: Tinted Flash Coat Lacquer
- Fingerboard: Maple
- Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
- Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
- Controls: Volume, Blend
- Switching: 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.
- Bridge: 3-Saddle '50 Broadcaster® with Brass Saddles
- Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
- Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
- Strings: Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
- Case: Custom Shop