1951 Fender Broadcaster (Telecaster). This early '51 Broadcaster features the closed back single line Kluson tuners, with patent number on outside, and body with lack of diagonal route, two key features of early Broadcasters. As an early '51, with January neck date, and early February body date, this would have been one of the last Broadcasters before Fender starting clipping decals.
With that said, the body is a Fender Factory refinish, done in 1954, when the neck was possibly refinished as well. The decal is not original. The original owner of this guitar lived near the Fender factory in Fullerton, and took the guitar back to the factory for all service. The pots were replaced in 1953, followed by the body finish in 1954. The original owner said Fender took a very long time to refinish his guitar!
The neck reads T G on either side of the truss nut with a neck date of 2-6-51. The body is signed by TK on 12/22/51. The guitar weighs 7.5 lbs. The bridge pickup measures 7.7K Ohms, and the neck pickup measures 5.4K Ohms. The neck is a big, Broadcaster neck, measuring .875" at 12th fret, and 1.00" at 12th fret. The nut is on the wider side of normal, at 1.63".
Pickups are all original, as is the guard, bridge, control plate, switch, tuners, strap buttons, knobs, jack and plate, etc. Most, if not all, screws on the guitar are original. The original "Ash Tray" bridge cover is included.
The guitar is a pleasure to play, and has incredible sound, and will not disappoint any player expecting a miracle experience playing a rare Broadcaster.
The case ships in its original Thermometer case.
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