2020 US Broadcasters For All

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  1. mimmo

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    Thanks for that.
    Actually I am not familiar with thinner nuts as all of my tele have 1.680 with nuts.

    I think I really need to try one before taking any decision.
     
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    I remember when the vintera telecaster was launched, and the images on the fender website showed the narrow 12th fret markers, but when the guitar came to market it had the wide 12th fret markers. Hopefully the image we're seeing of the 70th Anniversary broadcaster and the video's from NAMM are just a few of the initial "prototypes" from the US range. I've got my fingers crossed that the actual production guitars will have the narrow 12th fret markers just like an original broadcaster. I'm not as concerned about the oversized neck pocket or "tadeo taper" on the neck. But we all know that over the years fender has tended to play fast and loose with certain details on reissue's. When one becomes obsessed with minute details things can get little crazy, but... Like the rest of you, I'm hoping that the broadcaster reissue is more than just a light blonde finished AO 50's tele with a broadcaster decal and 7.25" radius. I'll wait and see, but am already planning to get one. It would make a nice companion for my '52 reissue.
     
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    I'm guessing that the pickups will not be the handwound Josephinas since Fender has deliberately left out "hand wound" in the specs while the custom shop Broadcasters do specifically say their pickups are handwound.

    I'm thinking they will use the FSC Blackguard Pickup set discussed here or something similar to the Nocaster set.
     
  4. WYfish

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    are these essentially a AV with a broadcaster sticker on the headstock?
     
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    Different shade of blonde, I believe the frets are taller, different pickups, and likely a nocaster sized neck rather than a smaller 52 neck.
     
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    I love my AO50 tele. pickups are perfect. Neck is perfect. It’s awesome.

    If this has a 7.25 and different pickups, it will still be a great guitar.

    but it will still be different.
     
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    Hmmm....70th Anniversary Broadcaster eh?.....I wonder if this one is better than the upcoming "75th Anniversary Broadcaster" ?
     
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    And a decal change cannot forget that caveat
     
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    I’m curious to see these in person. I’m also curious to see how close they get to a real broadcaster and not just a 52 Tele with a broadcaster decal.

    I have this odd partscaster of sorts(I think) with almost all the imperfections of a original broadcaster minus the spacing on the string ferrels. I’m trying to figure out who made the body but can’t find any info.
     

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  10. moosie

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    Shoot, I may need one of these to go with my AV series... Gotta snap up a 7.25 whenever it shows up, these days...
     
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    You joined ... yesterday was it?

    Sheesh...
     
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    They are making 2,020 of these. It says that there are a rumored 250 original Broadcasters.
     
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    Looking at the Sweetwater page, it says "Custom Shop Hand-wound '50-51 Blackguard Single-coil"
     
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    Looks and sounds gorgeous. Doesn't really matter "What" it is supposed to be. Also, i suspect that quite a few among us could manage to move some stuff we own to come up with the money, which honestly isn't that bad -- hell my ES-335 was a lot more expensive that that 20 years ago!

    But, what are the chances of a Vintera Modified Broadcaster coming through -- that I'd be first on the waiting list!
     
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    I hope that's the case. The Fender site for the standard says "custom shop designed" while the custom shop page says the pickups are hand wound.
     
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    This is from the specs page on the Fender site.

    ELECTRONICS
    • Bridge Pickup
      Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard
    • Neck Pickup
      Custom Shop Designed '50-'51 Blackguard
     
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    I see that. It's odd that the neck pickup is not hand wound. Anyways, as someone said earlier in the thread, it is mostly marketing jargon. I'm just surprised that they would include such expensive pickups on a lower priced guitar when compared to the FCS models.
     
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    I agree, pretty strange. I could have sworn that, when the page first appeared after NAMM, both pick-ups said that they were handwound. I've reached out to Fender to get clarification, I'll post an update if/when I hear back.
     
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    I’ll be so happy when Fender ditches the 7.25 radius in otherwise very appealing guitars.
     
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    That's what they'v done on the entire American Original line.

    Some of us love vintage radius and enjoy having a few crumbs available.
     
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