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NGD 70th Anniversary Broadcaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by EspyHop, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. EspyHop

    EspyHop Tele-Holic

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    Unexpected NGD.

    On Thursday, I came very dangerously close to pulling the trigger on a demo American Original ‘50s Tele that was maybe the most breathtaking Tele I’ve ever seen. Beautiful guitar, but I’m not a fan of the AO50s pickups. I called to see if there was any wiggle room on price, and they knocked an extra $100 off. It was a good deal, but I decided to sleep on it.

    Good thing! Three hours later, I got a closeout offer of a lifetime on a new Broadcaster. It was exactly $35 more than the price I was offered for the AO50s Tele and less than the least expensive used ones on Reverb.

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    I haven’t taken it out of the box, yet, and will follow the recommended 24 hour wait before taking it out of the box. It’s a pretty light 7 lbs, 1.1 oz. While the grain isn’t as pretty, it’s still VERY nice, and setting aside the super cool “Broadcaster” collectibility factor, the Blackguards are my favorite Tele pickups ever. I mean, that $35 easily covers the ashtray, strap, and cord, but getting THOSE pickups is just mind blowing.

    The only modifications I plan on doing are converting it to blend wiring, swapping out the cap for a much more useful .003uF ceramic disc, and installing Gotoh In-Tune brass saddles. Nothing too crazy that can’t be undone and nothing that takes away from what I love about Broadcasters.
     
  2. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Congratulations! I have one and yes, you'll love that bridge pickup.
     
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  3. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    Generally the 24 hour wait time is for winter temperatures, assuming it's warm in Ohio you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
     
  4. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Congrats, and welcome to the club.:D
     
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  5. Joe M

    Joe M Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yuppers, open that puppy up......:D
     
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  6. Stubee

    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    Nice!
     
  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Here's hoping it takes your breath away, even more than that AO 50s.

    Enjoy!
     
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  8. EspyHop

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    Since it shipped from Terre Haute, which is a three hour straight shot from Dayton, and the weather has been pretty mild over the past few days, I decided to open it up.

    My initial thoughts are this guitar exudes cool, looks way better than I was expecting, is the lightest Tele I’ve ever played, and the neck is very comfortable, though will take a little getting used to. I’m not a snob about cheap vs. expensive equipment, in fact, this is my first US Tele because I have been impressed with the MIM Teles, but this is noticeably better made than my other Teles.

    The pickups sound excellent, although I can’t really really give a it fair assessment until it’s wired for blend. That said, after playing it through a variety of amps, it sounded absolutely unbelievable through the Blues Cube Hot.

    The only knock I can find is something I fully expected, which is shaky intonation. However, that’s nothing new to vintage Teles. As I mentioned, I have In-Tune saddles being delivered.

    Overall, I’m pretty thrilled with it. It’s already a superlative guitar that should be pretty perfect after the upgrades.

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  9. Coyoteaz

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    Nice! Beautiful guitar. That might have to be next on my list. I keep telling myself I have enough blackguards and another one always seems to follow me home!
     
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  10. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice! Congratulations.
     
  11. AndrewG

    AndrewG Friend of Leo's

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    Just from curiosity can you give us an idea of how you thought the AO50s pickups compared with the Broadcaster's? I have an AO50s.
     
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  12. RhythmFender

    RhythmFender Tele-Meister

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    Wow! Gorgeous guitar! Congratulations!!!!
     
  13. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Major congrats! My local independent finally got one, so I was actually able to play it. Didn't take long before I was sold. What a neck! I need to do an NGD. Enjoy!
     
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    Looks awesome

    In the picture that one looks like it’s got a neck tint that wouldn’t bother me

    The one I saw in person had a neck that was too orange/yellow for my liking
     
  15. EspyHop

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    They sound a bit thin to me, maybe even a little brittle or sterile. Maybe I haven’t heard enough demos, but all the ones I have left me feeling underwhelmed. The Blackguards and Nocasters sound much closer to what I associate with early ‘50s Teles.

    If I had gotten the AO50s, I was going to get either Nocasters or Mojotone Broadcaster clones.
     
  16. EspyHop

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    That’s just lighting. It doesn’t appear tinted at all in person. It looks like what I imagine they looked like back in the day.
     
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  17. EspyHop

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    Enough blackguards?
     
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    Congrats, that's a fine looking Broadcaster. Enjoy it.
     
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    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Congrats and enjoy!
     
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    Played one of these at a local shop the other day, it was amazing!
     
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