Fender has announced its new 70th Anniversary Broadcaster guitar.
The Broadcaster, Fender’s first solid body electric guitar with a truss rod and two pickups, was first released in 1950. After only a few months in production though, Gretsch - the company that owned the BroadKaster trademark - asked Fender to cease using the name for its new guitar.
Fender complied, and simply clipped the name off the headstock decal. The guitars briefly then became known as "Nocasters" before receiving the name they've retained to this day, the Telecaster. Only 250 original Broadcasters are known to have been produced.
The 70th anniversary edition of the rare guitar features an ash body with a Blackguard Blonde lacquer finish, a period-correct black phenolic pickguard and a thick "U"-shaped neck.
Electronics on the guitar are Fender Custom Shop-designed '50-'51 Blackguard pickups. Though the controls are wired to be standard Telecaster controls, the guitar features an optional original Broadcaster wiring kit that users can install if they wish to replicate the "blend" circuit used in original Broadcasters.
The Fender 70th Anniversary Broadcaster guitar will be available, for a limited-time only, for $1,999.99. The guitar comes with an embroidered case and a custom certificate of authenticity.
Teambuilt and masterbuilt versions of the guitar from the Fender Custom Shop, with different finish and relic options, will also be made available. A release date and price for these versions of the guitar have not yet been announced as of press time.
For more info on the guitar, stop by fender.com.