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This is a recreation of the version of the Fender Broadcaster known as the "Nocaster."  The Nocaster was nicknamed for its lack of model name on the headstock.  The Broadcaster name was clipped from the decal to avoid trademark infringement with Gretsch.  According to information collected by noted collector James Werner, Nocasters were made from February to August 1951 (though examples were made with parts dating as early as November 1950).  The Fender Custom Shop reissued a Nocaster "Relic" model in mid-1995.  This model was not an entirely accurate recreation, but it looked cool since the guitar's cosmetics were "distressed" to mimic a heavily played 50-year-old guitar, hence the "Relic" moniker.  These first issue Nocasters were "distressed" by Cunetto Creative Resources of Bolivar, Missouri.  By mid-1999, Fender discontinued the first series Nocasters and moved all production to its Corona facility.  The specifications were revised to more accurately reflect the features of the original Nocaster (including the tweed form-fit case) and three finish options were offered:  NOS (new old stock), Closet Classic (aged, but not distressed), and Relic (beat up).

FENDER NOCASTER '51 Reissue (August 2000)

Body:  Solid, 2-piece ash

Finish:  Blonde, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard:  Maple, black plastic dot markers

Number of Frets:  21

Pickguard:  Lacquered bakelite

Bridge:  Fender steel, chrome

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Schaller "Kluson" repro, enclosed

Pickups:  Two, Fender single coil

Controls:  Master tone, master volume, 3-way pick-up selector

Scale Length:  25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  12 inches

Body Depth:  1 1/2 inches

Weight:  6.8 lbs

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