The ’51 Nocaster is one of the coolest, and perhaps most important models in the history of Fender guitars. Once known as the Broadcaster, this “no-name” transitional guitar was a result of threatened legal action from the Gretsch company. Gretsch had a drum kit named “Broadkaster” and to avoid the confrontation, Fender simply cut off their headstock decals so that they read only “Fender”. These prized collectables are some of the rarest Fenders in existence numbered at around 475 total.
Fender first released the ’51 Nocaster reissue in 1995 to great acclaim, and they have since become a favorite among collectors and players alike.
This is a ’51 NOS (New Old Stock) Custom Shop Nocaster in perfect condition. With a killer lightweight ash body, a quarter sawn maple neck with big, fat Nocaster “U” profile, these Nocasters have all the details and vintage vibe that make them a staple in the history of the electric guitar.
One piece ash body
Maple Nocaster U neck
Micarta black dot inlays
9.5″ fretboard radius
21 medium frets
Vintage fret sizing
Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
1-ply black pickguard & one white guard
Vintage style brass saddles
Custom Shop Nocaster pickups
3-way pickup selector switch
Fender Gotoh vintage tuners
Weight is 7.6 lbs
This one was created in 2017, and is one of those special guitars with amazing tone and resonance. It was ordered direct from Fender’s Custom division for use on a specific project which has now been completed. It was a special order with the lightweight, one piece body in the custom colour of black, with two one-ply pickguards. It also sports medium guage frets rather the very thin vintage wire, and a 9.5″ fingerboard radius rather than the traditional 7.25″.
This is effectively a brand new Custom Shop guitar being passed on at a significant discount to new price.
This ’51 Nocaster Reissue has lots of character, it plays brilliantly, it is light and resonant, and sounds fantastic courtesy of the killer Custom Shop Nocaster pickups which in our opinion are the best Fender Tele pickups you can buy. It is in super clean condition with no fret wear.
It features lots of case candy including 1950s style Fender leather strap and guitar lead, Certificate of Authenticity, Fender polishing cloth in unopened bag, Fender owners manual and sticker.
And this one offers a split personality with 2 pickguards – the original black single ply and another single ply parchment white guard. So you can have the traditional “Tuxedo” black & white look, or a rather tougher presence in all black. Both pickguards are 5 hole and easily interchangeable, lining up with the original screw holes in the body.
Comes in its original tweed Fender Custom Shop case in new condition.