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

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rze99, Feb 2, 2020.

  1. DaveG_NJ

    DaveG_NJ Tele-Meister

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    I had a chance to spend some time with mine today. I usually spend the first few hours with a guitar getting it setup and without fail, needing to cut the nut down. The string height was expectedly high when I tuned it up, but the neck was relieved exactly to my liking (which saved me from removing the neck to adjust).

    I lowered the saddles and I was shocked that I got the action close to perfect without touching the nut (I'm generally happy with string height of 1.25 - 1.5mm at the 12th and no buzzing). Just the first string is a tad high (you can see the nut cuts don't follow the radius exactly), but it's completely (comfortably) playable. I will cut the nut today for that one string.

    I was concerned about the vintage radius, but the 7.25" didn't bother me a bit. No problems bending or nailing those pedal steel licks. I measured the neck since I generally gravitate toward the baseball-bat necks. Mine measures .90" at the first fret and .99" at the 12th. I was surprised, maybe the shoulders are relieved a bit because it didn't feel that thick.

    The Broadcaster pickups were hotter than I expected. Almost Twisted Tele-like. Neck pickup seemed Stratty, which I like. I'm feeling this one is a keeper.
     
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  2. Kostop

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    Gorgeous guitars, the best thing that came out of this year's NAMM show in my opinion. I am very close to ordering mine, in fact, I went to my local Fender dealer today ready to buy the one they have in stock. The only thing that held me back was that the high e string was too close to the edge of the fretboard. I will probably wait for the next delivery (or at least I'll try...), but this will almost certainly be my next guitar.
     
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  3. teleNtweed

    teleNtweed Tele-Holic

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    Mine had the same issue, it was just the neck not properly seated in the pocket, I loosened a bit , reset and tightened her back down. Boom, perfecto!! I love the darn thing!!!
     
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    How does this compare in feel to the AO ‘50s tele?
     
  5. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Afflicted

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    I don't understand why they would tint the neck and not the body, why not leave the neck "factory" and let it tint over time along with the body?
     
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  6. DaveG_NJ

    DaveG_NJ Tele-Meister

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    I do occasionally feel the high-e close to the edge. I think the fretboard edges are rolled a bit and maybe the smooth saddle will let the string drift ever-so-slightly. I may reset my neck as you suggest. Still a lovely guitar.
     
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  7. Demon Lord 1981

    Demon Lord 1981 NEW MEMBER!

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    I got mine today, it's pretty much perfect except for the E string issue like the others are saying. Feels like a great Tele though! [​IMG]
     
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  8. DrBeezus

    DrBeezus Tele-Meister

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    I just had a pretty famous musician's guitar tech set mine up. He had to make an entire new nut which solved my same exact problem.
     
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  9. rze99

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    Just played mine alongside a couple of other Teles.

    I just fitted shorter saddle screws. I like a low action and this is my most common mod as I dislike the saddle screw tops digging into my palm side. The shorter saddles screws are a small but for me important improvement. The original screws are in a bag in the case.

    As I was working on it, I noticed that on mine the bottom E is just a touch closer to the edge than I prefer but it's not bad and doesn't need correcting systemically, I just shifted the string in a touch on the saddle.
    The top E is perfectly placed. No issues.

    The pickups sounded especially good this evening and I think they are the real deal.

    Not convinced by the factory strings but they'll go soon anyway.
     
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  10. teleNtweed

    teleNtweed Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, I always live with a new guitar for a year, then take it to my "guy" and he makes it exactly what I want at that time. I like the guitar to understand that it is no longer a tree and I have identified any issues that I notice after living with it for awhile before spending $$ on a full set up. Unbleached bone nut is a must for my liking for instance.
     
  11. DrBeezus

    DrBeezus Tele-Meister

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    I just totally overhauled mine. Had the neck reshaped to a 14 radius. Modern bridge, bardens and triangular frets. Double string trees. etc... no I'm not Bruce Springsteen :)
     
  12. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I am taking this as a joke given your smiley...
     
  13. DrBeezus

    DrBeezus Tele-Meister

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    I wasn’t joking. I am actually having this all done as we speak.
     
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  14. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I always respect people's decision to do what they want with their guitars. I have. Lots of times. Can you explain ... I mean, why even buy one in the first place if you want a totally different type guitar? A partscaster would serve you better. And cheaper.
     
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  15. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

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    I totally agree Fender knows better than that. The '52 RI from 2012-2017 looked more accurate.
     
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  16. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I played mine for over 2 hours today through my Mesa Studio .22, in my home studio. This guitar rocks.

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  17. teleNtweed

    teleNtweed Tele-Holic

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    Not trying to take issue, but I too am curious as to why a Broadcaster for the starting point?
     
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  18. DrBeezus

    DrBeezus Tele-Meister

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    Because it would have been no different if I spent 2 grand on an American Original or any other production tele.
     
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  19. Erebia

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    You've got to start with something when putting your perfect Tele together. The new Broadcaster seems as good a place to start from as any – after all, you won't get a neck with a Broadcaster decal anywhere else (at least not a genuine Fender one).
     
  20. DrBeezus

    DrBeezus Tele-Meister

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    It's not that difficult. You think that some famous tele players are actually playing real broadcasters onstage?
     
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