An elusive legend among Fender aficionados, the Nocaster has an interesting history. Originally called the “Broadcaster” during its initial production run in 1950, it was renamed after a request from The Gretsch Company, which offered a drum kit named “Broadkaster”.
As a cost-saving measure Fender simply cut the name off the headstock label with scissors, leaving just the famous Fender logo until late ‘51 when they received their new name, Telecaster. The lack of model name led to these guitars being christened “Nocasters” by collectors—very few were produced and their sound and feel are legendary among players who know.
Bursting at the seams with early 50’s style and comfort, the Journeyman Nocaster wields Fender Custom Shop hand-wound “Loaded” ‘51 Nocaster neck and bridge pickups, bordered by a black phenolic pickguard. This Holy Grail of Tele guitars also features a “10/56 V”-shaped quartersawn AA flame maple neck that’s ideal for any playing style and thumb position.
Other highlights include a 9.5” radius fingerboard, 6105 frets, Fat ‘50s Tele wiring, 3-way switch, ’51-’54 bridge with brass saddles, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and round string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Body Shape Telecaster
Colour Faded Nocaster Blonde
Fretboard Material None
Number of Frets 21
Bridge Type 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Barrel Saddles
Neck Type 10/56 "V"
Neck Material 1-Piece AA Flame Quartersawn Maple
Neck Radius 9.5" (241 mm)
Neck Pickup Custom Shop Hand-Wound Loaded '51 Nocaster
Bridge Pickup Custom Shop Hand-Wound Loaded '51 Nocaster
Controls Volume, Tone
Body Material 2-Piece Select Ash
Nut Width 1.650" (42 mm)
Nut Material Bone
Machine Heads Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Scale Length 25.5" (648 mm)
Inlays Micarta Black
Weight 7.1 lbs
This particular ’51 Nocaster Relic is a 2018 NAMM Show Special. Each year before major manufacturers exhibit at the annual Summer NAMM show in LA, they often select some very special products that represent a perfect example of a particular model to be released that year – the best of the best.
This guitar was exhibited as just that – an exceptional guitar with the perfect specs, build quality and attention to detail required to exemplify a flawless version of the model.
It was bought new in Australia by its one owner and kept in perfect, as new condition. It is a killer example of the one of the most popular reissues ever created by Fender Custom Shop – a versatile tone monster which is a true joy to play.
If you’re going to buy a vintage Tele style guitar, this is as close as you’ll get to the real deal without having to mortgage the home to get it.
Comes in its deluxe Fender hard shell case along with accessories, vintage leather strap, Certificate of Authenticity signed by Chris Fleming, detailed spec sheet and tags.
Video Demo of same model - https://youtu.be/gD_dzcZ-4Qc