NGD: 70th Anniversary Broadcaster. Impressions. And pics, pics, pics...

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  1. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Beautiful guitar!
     
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    How's the pickups in terms of twangyness? I sometimes hear that these are a tad mid-focused and not really the right fit for some Bakersfield country. Can you elaborate on that?
     
  3. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Richer, nuttier certainly. It can twang but I would not buy a Broadcaster specifically for twang.

    Perhaps have a listen to the quick pickup sound clips I posted..... ;)
     
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    I'm sorry, it seems my adblocker may have blocked those.. thanks for the heads-up!
     
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    That's twangy.
     
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  6. rze99

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    I was testing for that. The Deluxe reverb preset I used on the Yamaha is very scooped which also emphasises. Put a bit of compressor and short delay and you are there.

    But it’s not as twangy as say my AVRI 64. That’s v twangy!

    I’m not normally a clean twanger. I’ll maybe post some with breaking up Vox and tweed tones more my thing.
     
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  7. Erebia

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    Yes, absolutely. IMO the only reason Fender supply the blend wiring in the case is because, deep down, the people behind this reissue know that a Broadcaster should have the blend wiring but they haven't quite got the balls to sell it in that configuration. I guess they are concerned that it will hold back potential sales so instead they provide the wring in the case as an option.
     
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    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    It sounds very good, just the way a great tele bridge PU should sound.

    And more importantly… you appear to know how to handle a tele :D
     
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  9. rze99

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    I’ve been playing mine tonight for a couple of hours and I have to say these pickups are fantastic for that 50s thing. I don’t know whether they are “better” than anything but they sound great especially with a touch of gain. My sweet spot.
     
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    Great write-up- thanks! I’m curious about the blender wiring supplied. I was thinking it would be a new set of pots already wired. Your photos seem to show just an envelope. Is this alternate wiring just a diagram?
     
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    It's a resistor and a diagram.

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    Must admit, when I read the specs, I thought the supplied kit was going to be a pre-wired control plate.
     
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    Very nice, she's stunningly beautiful......
     
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  14. rze99

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    Thank you and warm welcome to the forum. Start saving now because if this site doesn't make you wanna buy or make gear, none will.
     
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    I stupidly sold my beloved AV52 a few months ago. I had that guitar for 7 years. I had just bought my first core PRS was under the spell of the honeymoon phase. I thought it would be my lifetime guitar. I was wrong. While it is a superb guitar in every way it's not a Tele, and I'm a Tele Man through and through and now I find myself Teleless and it is awful. So long story short PRS is outgoing and I am thinking really hard about one of these. Has anyone who has had experience with the 2012-2017 AV 52s compared these two models yet? How are the necks? Similar? Pups? Etc? Thanks in advance!
     
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    Me too. I figured it wouldn't be a full plate with knobs, but all the pots and switch wired to a fiberboard like Emerson does. Just swap out the pickup leads and the plate and knobs. Nope. It is literally a resistor and a diagram. :mad: Not even some extra period-correct push-back cloth wiring. A 10¢ resistor and a diagram that can be downloaded from the internet. Yay. Hardly a wiring "kit".

    But that's niggling. I got mine today and it's sweet. I never really warmed up to the blackguard look. It just seemed so overdone, but the thin nitro over the grain looks great on this guitar and it smells like every Martin I've owned. Intoxicating (or toxic). LOL.

    Tomorrow, I'll get it set up, but so far, I'm impressed. Time will tell where it fits into my lineup.
     
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    Wow !! Beautiful
     
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    I went to a well stocked London guitar shop yesterday to try some Strats. I didn't really enjoy any of the Strats I tried (AO 50s felt ok) but the shop assistant told me they had the new Broadcaster. I instantly felt at home with that (which is probably not surprising because in my short time with electric guitars I've only really known a Tele). It had a really fine 2 piece body – the grain looked beautiful and the pale finish showed off that finish well. Sounded great too. I was surprised that I couldn't feel the extra radius on the neck compared with my AO 9.5". If I was to nitpick, the neck also felt slightly less smooth and rounded than the one I'm used to but that is presumably because the Broadcaster neck is brand spanking new. If I was to further nitpick, I'd also suggest that the neck is a little too richly toned. However, all in all, I'd say that the new Broadcaster is the most desirable of the 50s Tele models that Fender currently offer. If I didn't already own an AO 50s with a neck that I really like (and with handwound CS Nocaster pickups that I recently bought) I'd certainly be looking at acquiring the new Broadcaster. I still might get one before the year is out. I'm not a guitar collector and only own one electric but the opportunity to own a Fender made Broadcaster doesn't come up that often and I think I could make room for a second Tele. Especially if I have it wired as a proper Broadcaster in blender mode.
     
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    that's a stunner!
     
  20. gwjensen

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    Can’t wait to get my hands on one... my Local independent is expecting some this month.... I keep checking... I’d rather have an actual kit than the strap and cable... a resistor and diagram is kind of cheesy... wont keep me from buying one, though....
     
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