Why no Broadcaster reissues?

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  1. Jim85IROC

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    Fender re-issues pretty much anything they can, yet I'm not aware of any Broadcaster reissues. Since they own Gretch, it shouldn't be a problem to use the name. With the popularity of so many other early Tele reissues, I'm just really surprised not to see one.
     
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    They had a limited number of CS broadcasters released.
     
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    Well actually Fender dosen't own Gretsch; Fred Gretsch owns Gretsch. FMIC has a contract to produce and distribute Gretsch instruments; if Fred gets pissed of at FMIC he can take the company elsewhere.

    FMIC has the same kind of deal with Ed Van Halen for the EVH gear line - Ed owns them and FMIC produces them (even thought FMIC designers were heavily involved in developing the current Wolfgangs and 5150 iii amps).

    That being said I believe the main reason they don't do the reissue is that the "Telecaster" is their strong, long-lived brand. The Broadcaster and "Nocaster" are just very interesting footnotes in the development of the model - although the Broadcaster wiring does sound insteresting.
     
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    The Custom Shop produced 60 in 2010 with agreement from Fred Gretsch, and the understanding was that Gretsch got one of those to put in their museum! I can confirm that did happen as I asked Fred Gretsch about it at NAMM last year.
    So, that left 59 for world distribution. I ordered one just after NAMM and got it towards the end of 2010. One of the few in the UK.

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    That looks great, Ron - do you play it much or do you keep it as a collectors piece?:cool:
     
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    I play it. It's sitting on a stand right now!
     
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    That looks like the pic that Fender published, and I'd bet the guitar you would get would be less reliced than that.
    Mine is quite lightly reliced by comparison.
     
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    You are probably right. All the other pics I have seen of Broadcasters are not reliced like that. I guess I just don't like the dark brown contrast
     
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    If you contact the Private Reserve specialist they can probably email you pics.. I've dealt with Scott, he was pretty helpful.
     
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    Didn't these come with a reproduction of a telegram to Fender about the use of the name?
     
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    No, no repro telegram with this one, but there was an earlier incarnation of the Broadcaster by the Custom Shop that was much more of a collectors' item. It was the Leo Fender Commemorative Broadcaster, and the decal on the headstock was Leo's signature. It even came with a display case, and it had a facsimile of the "Cease and Desist" telegram as part of the case candy.
     
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    I thought that Leo started using the broadcaster name again with G&L after the rights expired.
     
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    Leo produced a G & L Broadcaster model, but AFAIK, Gretsch still own the right to that name. I think you can only use it with permission from Gretsch.
     
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    That was an odd time - I think Gretsch was in transition at that time in that Fred and the family were re-aquiring the name from whomever owned it in the late 1970s/early 1980s (remember those bolt-neck and neck through MIJ/MIK "Beast" series?). I do think that perhaps the Gretsch family had repurchased the name but not put anything back into production at that point in time.

    However I also think that Leo and Dale Hyatt decided to use the Broadcaster name expecting Gretsch to once again send them a cease and desist letter - thereby generating a bit of free publicity for both G&L and their new model which was quickly renamed the "ASAT". I'm not a big G&L historian but aren't there only a relatively small number of Broadcasters made before the name change - something like 1,000 or fewer units?
     
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