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FENDER CUSTOM SHOP MASTERBUILT LIMITED 70TH ANNIVERSARY BROADCASTER Vincent Van Trigt #2

   
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This is Number #2 from Vincent. An amazing piece with just perfect relicing that only a master builder would be able to do. This piece was built from start to finish by the master Vincent Van Trigt. Every bit of this piece was put together by Vincent and to his demanding requirements for perfection. The neck oh the neck is perhaps one for the ages. We have almost never felt or seen a neck as comfortable to the hand and as gorgeous to the eye as this one. Everything about this one of a kind piece is beyond compare. Then we move down to the pickups and we fell in love all over again. There is a natural woodenness to the tone and a great warmth and transparent sound from basic rhythms to soaring leads. 

 

After the 1950 introduction of the “Esquire” electric guitar in single- and double-pickup models, Fender Sales chief Don Randall decided that fall to give the dual-pickup version its own name. He duly dubbed it the “Broadcaster”—a revolutionary instrument with a newly developed truss rod system for easily adjustable neck stability, with a walnut “skunk stripe” to cover its installation through the back of the neck, and a walnut (or maple, sometimes) headstock plug where the rod was held in place. The guitar also featured a translucent blonde nitrocellulose finish that showcased the high-quality ash body, accented by a single-ply black phenolic pickguard. Notable early Broadcaster slingers included Bill Carson, Rex Gallion and Charlie Aldrich, and the distinctive new guitar steadily became popular with more and more professional players.

Yet despite its growing popularity, the Broadcaster was short lived—produced for only four months from October 1950 to January 1951. The reason: a trademark on the name held by the Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Corporation. The Broadcaster hence quickly acquired an unusual new name, beginning in earnest its fantastic and ongoing history as the Telecaster.

Those few original Broadcaster guitars are now the stuff of legend though, prized worldwide by players, collectors and aficionados who understand its pivotal role. For the Masterbuilt Limited 70th Anniversary Broadcaster, the Fender Custom Shop has recreated those original guitars in reverent homage to their original glory. With 70 of these guitars created in 2020, each Custom Shop master builder will put his own spin on a custom Relic finish, and each instrument will come with a 70th anniversary neck plate, original Broadcaster flier, Broadcaster telegram, special bi-fold certificate holder, and a Fat ’50s control assembly in the case.

Model Name: Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster Masterbuilt, Relic, Aged Nocaster Blonde
Model #: R105701
Series: Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster Masterbuilt
Country Of Origin: US
Color: Faded Nocaster Blonde
Body: 2-Piece Off-Center Ash
Body Finish: Masterbuilt Relic 
Body Shape: 51' Nocaster
Weight: 7.47
Neck Material: Maple flame AA
Neck Finish: Flash Coat Lacquer Medium tint
Neck Shape: 1950 Blackguard
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" to 9.5" Compound Radius (184 mm to 241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Frets Size: Medium Vintage
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.630” (41.4 mm)
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
Width at 1st Fret: 9.25"
Width at 12th Fret: 1.00"
Controls: 1950 Broadcaster
Pickup 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.
Pickup Configuration: SS
Bridge: 3-Saddle '50 Broadcaster with Brass Saddles
Hardware Finish: Chrome/ Nickle
Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
Control Knobs: Knob Nocaster Chrome Relic