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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by customtele, Aug 16, 2017.
Wow! I just whistled out loud! In my cubicle at work!
The story about how I found them:
I always wanted a '53 because that is the year I was born. I used to travel for business quite a bit and would always stop in every music store in any given city. I was in Erie, PA in the mid to late '90's and just happened to stop in a small music store. After I talked to the owner for a bit he told me he had two old Fenders. A '52 Esquire and a '53 Tele. He brought them out and I played them both. I wanted to buy both but he would only sell one. So a week later the Tele arrived at my house. They were both owned by the same gentleman in Erie, a farmer who bought them brand new. He had passed and the family sold them to the music store owner.
As for the Broadcaster, I was actually looking for a Nocaster! My friend had one, gave me a price, but then got cold feet. So I started looking around the internet. On FB of all places, I saw that the family that owned the guitar was placing information about this Broadcaster on some Facebook Fender forums in December 2016. These threads got 400+ inquiries to buy the guitar. I came in late to the game (February), but managed to convince the family to have it appraised (many people were trying to steal it). After that it was just a negotiation. I mean how many one owner Broadcasters are left? Nacho's book was extremely helpful as I had never seen a Broadcaster. Interestingly, the gentleman who owned the guitar basically stopped playing it in the late '70's and hung it on the wall. The son in law saw that it looked like a Tele, but was surprised that is said something different. A family friend happened to be a luthier and told them what it REALLY was. They were very nice to deal with. I've only just bought it. Owned it for only 6 weeks or so.
I have some professional shots of the Broadcaster which I will also post. It is a November 1950 guitar with brass saddles with both neck and body signed by the great Tadeo Gomez.
November '50- So was I!
Thanks for posting the photos and the story. Wonderful stuff. Good to know that these treasures are in the hands of someone who really appreciates them.
Since my old turkey neck doesn't like being craned sideways, here's a repost of your photo, with a little digital clarification:
PS ... Like the car in your (avacar) avatar....
Could we see a larger version of it please ??
That car was the original Voxmobile which I owned for 7 years. I sold it to Jeff Dunham the ventriloquist.
I cringe as I post this but it is fun. Some of the information was wrong when I first did this video.
Everyone is a critic as we all know!
Thanks customtele ! That was so cool baby !
Just wow. Dreams do come true!
Wasn't that owned by Jimmy Bryant at one time?
No. I thought it was but it was apparently only loaned to him.
does the broadcaster have any overspray?
I'm sure this is considered XXXX guitar porn in at least 37 states, maybe more, so yes I'm sure it's illegal. As a consequence I'm going to have to take those guitars into uhhh....custody....yeah, that's the ticket, custody!
Brings a tear to my eye... a broadcaster is my holy grail if only for the history. Have a buddy at the Arlington show today and was telling him... shoot me pics of Broadcasters!
Congrats sir!!! I would assume an invite to the secret society that governs all... the illeominati is forthcoming.
Just lovely to see them both.
Very glad you all like them. That '53 Super was found in a garage by the guy that cleaned my watch. The owner wanted to sell it, so he brought it over to me knowing I liked the old stuff. It did not work until I looked and it had no fuse. Put one in and it sounded great!
I have some great close-ups I'll try to post!