In 1950, Fender began producing a guitar called the “Broadcaster,” much to the chagrin of Gretsch, a competitor who offered a drum set with the too-similar moniker “Broadkaster.” At the behest of Gretsch and as a cost-saving measure, Fender simply clipped the name off with scissors. Dubbed the “Nocaster” by fans, these precursors to the famous Telecaster would go on to reach legendary heights. But one, called ‘Jimbo’ and owned by guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan, stands above all the rest. And now, that guitar could be yours.
Used on stage during the celebrated blues musician’s rise to prominence in the late 1960s, this 6-stringed instrument was Vaughan’s first professional stage guitar – his weapon of choice, if you will. It was even said that he went so far as to sleep with it by his side. Then, in 1971, the musician parted with it for an Epiphone (the brand used by several of his idols). After trading hands several times and touring with museum exhibits over the years, ‘Jimbo’ is now headed to auction with an expected sale price of over $400,000 – a fitting number for such an illustrious piece of equipment.