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Highly Collectable 1985 Black G&L Broadcaster With Factory Inspection Label Hand Signed By Leo Fender & OHC


  • Body: Maple
  • Finish: Black, polyurethane
  • Neck: 2-piece maple, bolt-on
  • Fingerboard: Ebony; pearloid dot markers
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Pickguard: Single ply black plastic
  • Bridge: G&L Locktight, black crinkle powder coat
  • Nut: Plastic
  • Tuners: G&L/Schaller, sealed, black chrome
  • Pickups: Two, G&L Magnetic Field Design (MFD) single coil with adjustable pole pieces
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone, 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2 inches
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches
  • Neck Radius: 7.5”
  • Weight: 8lb-10oz
  • Serial # BC00434
  • G&L Moulded case

Here we have a lovely example of this rare & early G&L guitar. The Broadcaster was Leo Fender’s first take on the Telecaster with his new company G&L. Production started in 1985 and a total of 869 were produced before a cease and desist letter from Gretsch forced the name to be changed to ASAT, which is still in production. The Broadcaster featured a familiar T-style body shape with a pair of large MFD single coil pickups, black finish with matching headstock, black hardware, either a maple or ebony fretboard and hardtail bridge.

The overall condition is very good, with no breaks or repairs anywhere & it is in all original condition, with less than the expected play-wear of a guitar of this age. The neck & ebony board are real a joy to play & the MFD pickups are zingy & powerful. It also has a great action & perfect intonation.

All in all, this guitar just feels kinda right in your hands, it has a good balanced weight Comes with its ‘Hand Signed & Dated’ neck pocket inspection label which has been carefully mounted in a separate display frame. Comes with its G&L moulded case which is in excellent condition.

The Broadcaster, is the most well known and highly collectable G&L, was the brainchild of Dale Hyatt. Mr. Hyatt designed and marketed this highly sought after G&L in 1985 as a marketing strategy to increase sales and distribution. Mr. Fender signed a dated sticker that went inside the neck pocket to prove that the guitar was authentic and built by G & L. And as mistakenly reported on many websites, the G&L Broadcaster was highly successful not because of Leo Fender signing each guitar in the neck pocket, but rather because of the pure quality of the guitar itself.

Years of Production: 1985-1986

Wood Composition: Maple body, Maple neck, Ebony Fingerboard

Design Elements: Two Leo Fender-designed single-coil pickups, three way selector switch, two control knobs, hardtail bridge, black hardware, painted headstock


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