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Fender 1949-1951 Prototype Broadcaster/Nocaster/Telecaster

Hi V&R Friends

Thanks for stopping by…

In nov. 2010 I took a roundtrip to guitarstores in New York City.

I landed in JFK and went directly to Chelsea Hotel.

One of the guitar stores I visited is Chelsea Guitars – located something like 2 meters from the hotel. And I didn´t know it was so close

Me and Dan had some very good conversations about collecting guitars and life around them, the international  guitar market in generel.

During one of these conversations – Dan, the owner, showed me a very rare and unique vintage guitar.

Fender 1949-1951 Telecaster Broadcaster Nocaster Vintage Gu - Prototype

It is a prototype Telecaster made somewhere in between 1948-1951, before we knew them as Telecasters (later name). And as I am sure you know the first models were called Broadcasters and Nocasters and then changed name to the Telecaster and Esquire (depending on pickup configuration)

When Dan opened the case all I could see was a red telecaster model in a newer case. I really didn´t think much of it in those few seconds until Dan started to reveil this amazing story.

I had no idea that this very guitar was one very first prototypes and furthermore that they were made in custom colours, as Dan explains. So I was very surpriced to know that I was looking at a very important piece of guitar history.

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All the best and happy holidays.

Nicolai & V&R Team