2020 70th Broadcaster anniversary: a petition for a '50 Broadcaster Reissue

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rze99, Mar 22, 2019.

Should Fender do a 2020 USA '50 Broadcaster Reissue?

Poll closed Jun 30, 2019.
  1. Yes

    69 vote(s)
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  2. No

    5 vote(s)
    6.3%
  3. Other idea

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  1. Richie-string

    Richie-string Tele-Meister

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    I think this is a great idea. Though i don't see why there couldn't be a Mex version as well, at the high end of the Mexican range, not everyone can afford AVRI - and lets face it Fender used to do specific year reissues in the MIJ range. So maybe a Mexican or Japanese version as well. I can't really comment for the US market but i remember the MIJ reissues selling like hot cakes in the UK, i've always wondered why they stopped doing them because they were so successful.
     
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  2. rze99

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    The MIJ guitars are back, as from a couple of years ago. They changed factories. Suggest check out what's in the UK sites.
     
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    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I voted other - I say hold up for the 75th
     
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    I can see the sense in waiting for the big seven-five but I still agree with the OP on an AVRI USA version. The "Nocaster" is likely a better, cleaner case than the "Broadcaster". There's not as much ambiguity there. Short period of time, yes, but, to me, makes for all the more reason to do it. Very important guitar in the history of Fender and music in general. If it weren't such a popular idea there wouldn't be as many Custom Shop iterations (as is the definitely the case with the "Nocaster" Custom Shop reissues).

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  5. rze99

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    Update: I've written to Fender and the person I am corresponding with said he would forward to the appropriate marketing channel.
     
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    I, wholeheartedly, agree.
     
  7. VillainSean

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    There will be several different limited editions, both in the Custom Shop, MIA, MIM & MIJ (again) models.
    I'm sure it's been mentioned, but the last "Telebration" was 2011, so maybe Fneder consider 1951 the official year.
     
  8. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Sounds like slang we used to use in our office for the shredder
     
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  9. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Indeed.

    My experience of Marketing departments is generally a couple of bright sparks surrounded by airy fairy slackers.
     
  10. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    This sounds 1000 times better than any marketing dept I ever met, but I admit I work in professional services
     
  11. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

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    We can now buy Fender necks with decals and all
    I bought a Nocaster fat neck a couple of months ago
    Also have a lightweight ash body.
    I could just make my own , with the right decal on it....
    Anyone care to guess if it will be cheaper than a Fender made one ?
     
  12. sonny wolf

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    This particular one would be a prime specimen to clone:

     
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  13. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    10, 25, 50, 75, 100, these all 'feel' like 'real' or 'ligitimate' anniversaries to me. Whenever I see some other number, I always think 'marketing gimic.'

    Just saying.
     
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  14. Jerry J

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    I think this is a fantastic idea. I would also like to see a range of models, with the CS model being the flagship model. Treat it like Gibson does with their historic Les Pauls and get period correct parts, as documented from real Broadcasters. I'd buy one for sure.
     
  15. rze99

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    Extraordinary condition...! I mean, that must have seen a lot of cupboard or under the bed time in the last 70 years. and that body colour is perfect. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    There are enough basic features that could make it interesting. Broadcaster wiring, the correct materials used for pickups, appropriately applied nitro finishes, Bakelite pickguards, and a neck profile unique to a Broadcaster that players would like that hasn’t been previously massed produced.

    The biggest knocks would be the fact modern production techniques that didn’t exist in 1950 would take away the variation between specific models and the fact Stackpole pots are no longer made. Also, there have been numerous subsequent developments that would make an exact clone not especially appealing, such as Gotoh SD91 15:1 tuners, InTune saddles, and the Electrosocket.

    My preference would be for a new Standard Broadcaster that stays as close to the original as possible, except where modern parts improve upon the original without taking away from its charm.
     
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    I like this idea, and no need to make it a limited run. It could be a new model in the American Original line.

    Maybe a limited run of reliced guitars, like the Road Worn series or something like that.
     
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    As long as it has a poly undercoat
     
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  19. DanDII

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    I want all the foibles. If I didn't why wouldn't I buy just buy any old Tele?

    To get the pups right is numero uno for me. Kerry at Onamac supplied the best set of A3 43AWG Broadcaster pups I've had to date. bridge reads 10k+ neck about 7.3k.

    Those were last in GE Smith and they killed. Next up is an '08 CV... :twisted:
     
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    A shout out for Oil City's "Forty Niner" Broadcaster type. I'v never played an original, but this great pickup sounds and feels authentic in a Broadcaster type build I have in.

    https://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/product-page/the-fortyniner
     
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