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. 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.