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A what’s this worth thread?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Fender-guy, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. Fender-guy

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    I’ve had this odd broadcaster for awhile now and realize it’s not going anywhere. It just blows anything I’ve had away, I’ve had many custom shop telecaster/nocasters, this was just a step above them all.

    Now I had one of my good buddies over that I haven’t seen in years. We do a lot of gear talking. He picked this broadcaster up and immediately said “wow, what the hell is this”. He then said “how much” and I was like I really don’t know. I said it’s not for sale but then I kinda wondered what would it be worth, just curiosity reasons.

    What do you guys think? It’s a Chris Fleming built broadcaster, no truss rod, 1 piece ash, huge V neck, dated 2001, not sure on pickups, was told Alan Hamel but no clue. I put all the wiring back to a stock broadcaster. All natural wear and nice checking, nitro sinking in nicely, looks and feels “vintage” if that’s a thing.

    Anyway the catch is there’s no paper work, the signature was verified by fender but that’s all they said. I did my own research and Chris did a few of these for a guy that builds amps, they traded amps for guitars. I have a email and photo from a UK fender dealer with Chris at the 2019 NAMM show, the UK rep asked him about this broadcaster and he says yes he built it. Cool story but yeah a certificate would clear up any here say. Either way this to me is too notch build, so what do you guys think?
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  2. Fender-guy

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  3. stale facet

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    Have you tried contacting him to get a letter from him verifying he did the work?

    Other builds look like they fall into the $4000 to $8000 range.
     
  4. Fender-guy

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    I did actually but through fender custom shop. They replied the first time saying he’s busy at the NAMM show(2019). That’s when I first saw the guitar listed for sale/trade locally. I went ahead anyway and trade a Clapton twinolux for this. Figured it looked pretty cool and took the chance.

    A month later I contacted fender again and the replied saying Chris did verify the signature but no comment on the rest. I took it as well ok the neck is real. Then got thinking who’s making broadcaster bodies at the time(2001) that look kinda period correct with no cheat route for the wiring and no notch cut out for the truss rod.

    I was told him making these was sort of a under the table sort of deal. It did say broadcaster on the decal but as the story goes Chris left fender and took this with him, scrapped the broadcaster off. You can actually see it was scrapped off. Again fact or fiction?
     
  5. Piotr

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    With this kind of (confusing) provenance and the fact that you love the guitar - "not for sale" is a great appraisal ;) Seriously though, in my mind you would never get as much for it as you would have to pay for a guitar of a similar quality coming from Fender CS.
     
  6. Fender-guy

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    No I know what you mean, it would be cool to get a letter from him but I asked twice now and both times didn’t really get a answer. Also Chris left the custom shop around the time period and is now back as the custom shop director. So do I keep bugging them and get someone in trouble for something that was probably not supposed to leave the shop. Who knows.
     
  7. Deeve

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    Yup - probably right to not pursue the fellow any further.
    From a maker's point of view, it's probably not a high ROI to spend much time w/ a second (or later) purchaser, and they may might dedicate maximum relationship building w/ a retailer that moves substantial product outta the front-door (thereby allowing room for more the enter via the freight receiving door).
    Enjoy the great playing instrument. :cool:
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Even if it was not a "real" , authorized, Fender made guitar, but instead made by some incredible and respected fanatic of Blackguards with a name like "Macho". What would his guitars go for?

    That is clearly not a Joe Blow created guitar. Every part of it screams someone's custom shop. It is gorgeous.

    Is it an optical illusion or are the saddles slightly compensated?
     
  9. Fender-guy

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    Hey yeah that’s what I was thinking. That’s why I took the chance in the first place, no paperwork no problem, it just looked so well done and the signature is real so I went ahead with the trade.

    No illusion, lol. That saddles are compensated, which I removed and put standard brass saddles. Someone converted it to standard tele wiring and compensated saddles with philips screws. That’s the only thing I did to this was broadcaster wiring and proper saddles with slotted heads.
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