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The roots may be showing on this old blonde, but it sure can sing. Huw Price surfs the airwaves with one of Fender’s first guitars: a 1950 Broadcaster…


In the event you are unfamiliar with the story, the Broadcaster was Leo Fender’s first two-pickup guitar, but the name was dropped after Gretsch pointed out it was already using the moniker ‘Broadkaster’ for a drum kit. Fender began snipping the ‘Broadcaster’ bit off the decals until around September 1951 (as a result these are nicknamed the ‘Nocasters’), when the firm settled on the name ‘Telecaster’. It’s thought that Broadcasters were only made between autumn 1950 and March 1951.

So, onto our specimen… ATB guitars purchased this guitar from a dealer, who had acquired it from the original owner. He was in his 90s, so as a ‘mature’ player during the 60s and 70s, he must have been immune to the modification impulse. As such, this Broadcaster has survived 100 per cent intact, with no finish touch-ups and stock factory wiring. A remarkably thin finish covers a twopiece ash body with a join line running diagonally. Mostly intact, the lacquer is tightly and extensively checked with a yellow-blonde back contrasting with a darker, goldenmustard front and sides.

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The September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! This month we find out if Marshall’s wallet-friendly new Origin series delivers what everyone has been waiting for from the legendary British amp brand. We also tip our hats to the 10 greatest Marshall tones in rock history and find out how they were made – Messrs Clapton and Hendrix feature heavily but there are one or two surprises, too... Originators and trailblazers are something of a theme in this month’s mag – inside you’ll also find interviews with Doors star Robby Krieger, a celebration of the genius of Seth Lover and a close-up and personal look at the solidbody electric that started it all: a 1950 Fender Broadcaster. Elsewhere in gear we round-up the best products from the recent Summer NAMM show in Nashville and review a pile of great new products from Rick Turner, Stone Deaf, Lowden, Eastman and more. As if all that wasn’t enough there are three fantastic competitions, giving you he chance to win a Fender Player Stratocaster, House Of Tone pickups and a luxury Pinegrove strap. Get your copy of the September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine today...