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Fender Custom Shop 51 Nocaster NOS Electric Guitar
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This forerunner of the Telecaster was first named the Broadcaster, but Fender had to remove the decals because of a conflict with Gretsch's registere...Read More
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The earliest form of the Telecaster, before it was even named!
This forerunner of the Telecaster was first named the Broadcaster, but Fender had to remove the decals because of a conflict with Gretsch's registered "BroadKaster" name. So collectors dubbed it the Nocaster. This New Old Stock version is like a brand new guitar that has been brought by time machine from 1951. Includes deluxe hardshell case.
- Ash body
- U-shaped maple neck
- Single-ply black pickguard
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Love this guitar. It's my fourth Tele and my favorite. Love the FAT neck and Love the bridge PU. This is the way a Telecaster is supposed to sound. I'll put my own ware marks on the NOS and save some money. Try running it through any Fender tube amp or a little Marshall or Vox. It may even change the way you play. A lot of money but if you can afford it, do it !
I was shopping for a Tele to compliment my Strat Eric Johnson. I played the Am Vintage Custom 62 and the 51 Nocaster at a local guitar shop, both are good but the Nocaster is about 1,000 dollars higher in price, but it does sound better and seems a little lighter in wt. than the Custom 62. There's not much features in this axe, it's plain simple and the switch position 1 is almost useless, so I told the shop to rewire it and it does sound much better. Other thing I do is changing the bridge adjustment from the original 3 copper blocks to a conventional 6 units and now you could tone it much easier than before. The two cases came with the guitar are just useless, so I exchanged them with a hard shell Fender case. All in all, after some minor adjustment, it sounds great with good clear tone and super long sustain and it instantly becomes one of my favorite. I paid **** dollars for NOS and I never regret about the purchase, it's beautiful, plays good, has good heritage and worth every penny of it. Try one now at your local guitar shop and you would agree with me.
Bought this after trying a relic in a store, where I thought I was just being funny trying out an expensive telecaster. Until I played it next to any other telecaster in the store, including a 52 reissue and several others. Its tone is incredible! Plenty of twang of course, but it can also do western swing and jazz as well as anything. Not really a rock guitar. Neck is nice and big, but not huge and it is very comfortable. Workmanship is fantastic. I ordered from here because I wanted a NOS one, and it came with the best setup I've ever seen on a fender guitar straight from the store. The wiring is a little quirky, which may not be for everybody. There is no tone control for either pickup, and the forward position on the pu selector is the dark circuit, which I've never found any use for. I really think that the lack of tone controls really help this guitar in the end, it just makes it a little livelier than even with the tone knobs at 10(which, admit it, is where you have them anyway). The NOS is really nice, it looks like a new guitar. I just thought why would anybody want to FAKE anything on such a great guitar. I want to know all those dings and wear came from me (or at least not some guy with a belt sander) when I look at this guitar in 30 years, which is at least how long I intend to keep it. I'm sure the guitar will last, I just hope that I can keep up.
A good good guitar but the price is not a good quality no average joe band could afford this guitar.
This guitar sounds so good and plays so good! I love it more than any other axe I have ever had! Excellent quality!! Big fat neck, big fat tone!!!