The G&L Broadcaster is a version of the ASAT guitar made by G&L. The really cool thing about this guitar is that you get a certificate stating that Leo Fender inspected it and signed the neck pocket. The significance of the name goes way back to the first Fender production electric Spanish guitar which shared the Broadcaster name. Gretsch owned the name “BroadKaster” and this forced Leo and company to change the name of their original guitar. Naming this guitar the “Broadcaster” was kind of a publicity thing and the legend is that Gretsch again asked that they stop using the name and 800 and something were made before this happened. Others have said that Leo (that’s Mr. Fender to you…!) just got tired of signing the labels. So, pick your myth and we’ll carry on. The G&L Broadcaster is a Telecaster shaped guitar. Very “up town” in it’s all black finish and black hardware. The maple neck has the famous “gun oil tint” and that gives it an old worn in look. The finger board is ebony and pretty flat. The back of the neck has a slight “V” at the nut which flattens out towards the body.
The pickups are the large “MFD” type. They have the strong magnets with less windings, hence less inductance which equals a clear full sound. I think maybe this is the pickup Mr. Fender was looking for all these years. The guitar tends towards the bright side, but that is balanced with a good bass response. I really like playing it, shifting the 3 position switch and working the very functional tone control gives you a wide palate. I’d take this to any jam, but because of the “Leo” signature I think this would have to stay at home. What a shame. Nice guitar.
The guitar tends towards the bright side, but that is balanced with a good bass response. I really like playing it, shifting the 3 position switch and working the very functional tone control gives you a wide palate.