Fender Broadcaster Blonde 1950

Fender Broadcaster Blonde 1950

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Product Details

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Broadcaster
Finish
  • Blonde
Year
  • 1950
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • T-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • String-Through
Color Family
  • Yellow
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Maple
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Model Family
  • Fender Broadcaster
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Series
  • Fender Vintage Pre-CBS Era
Wood Top Style
  • Plain

Overview

Fender introduced the Broadcaster as a replacement for the original Esquire in mid-1950. The updated design included two single-coil pickups instead of one, as well as a truss rod in the neck. By 1951, Fender had dropped the Broadcaster model name to avoid conflict with a series of Getsch drums. For a period in early 1951, the model had no name on the headstock and these guitars have since been termed "No-casters." By the spring of 1951, the name Telecaster could be found on the model; the name that would stick till the present. As the first Telecaster, the first successfully marketed Fender Spanish guitar, and according to many, the first successfully mass-produced solidbody guitar ever, original Broadcasters are of substantial interest to collectors.

Years of Production: 1950 - 1951

Unique to this Year: The Broadcaster launched in mid-1950. 

Body Style: Single cutaway solid-body

Wood Composition: Ash, one-piece Maple neck

Design Elements:  Two single-coil pickups, black bakelite pickguard, bridge pickup cover, volume and tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length, string thur-body

Finish Specifications: Natural was a standard finish for the Broadcaster.

Notable Tele Players: Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, Johnny Greenwood, James Burton  

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