The Virtual Guitar Festival (opens in new tab): The Fender Broadcaster emerged in the Autumn of 1950 as Fender's first solid body electric guitar (opens in new tab) with a truss rod and two pickups (opens in new tab). After Gretsch objected to the similarity with its own BroadKaster trademark, its name would eventually change to the Telecaster we know and love today. But what about those original Broadcaster models and their reissue? Well they're a very distinct proposition.
With the release of the 70th anniversary Broadcaster (opens in new tab) guitar, we sat down with Fender Custom Shop VP of Product Development Mike Lewis to talk about the then and now of the Broadcaster story in the video above. And we go deep on its build and why it's not a Telecaster under a different name to an insightful discussion.