Fender Pawn Shop '51

Pawn Shop Electric Guitars by Fender

Pawn Shop '51 by Fender
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Pawn Shop series has an interesting creed: Best guitars that never were. It means that none of these vintage guitars were ever in the production lines before, that they are Fender`s take on the theme "What if it looked liked this". One of the best examples is Pawn Shop '51. It features Strat`s double cut body, which is made of alder and covered with an early Precision Bass pickguard. Of course, such guitar never existed, but it sure looks faithful enough to trick someone. Bridge is a hardtail with six saddles and string-through construction. Enforcer humbucker is in the bridge and a slanted Texas single coil pickup in the neck position. Maple neck has a bolt-on joint and C contour. It`s topped with a 21-fret maple neck.


Pawn Shop '51 Full Specs

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Binding None
Body Construction Double cutaway
Body Shape Strat®
Body Top Wood Alder
Body Type Semi-Hollowbody
Body Wood Alder
Bridge Fixed
Bridge Pickup Type Humbucker
Controls Tone
Controls Volume
Fingerboard Radius 9.50"
Fingerboard Material Maple
Finish Polyester
Fret Size Medium Jumbo
Fingerboard Inlays Black Dot
Hardware Chrome
Neck Joint Bolt-on
Neck Pickup Type Single Coil
Neck Shape U-shaped neck
Neck Wood Maple
Number of Frets 21
Number of Pickups 2
Number of Strings 6
Nut Width 1.65"
Pickguard Yes
Pickup Switch Type 3-Position Blade
Scale Length 25-1/2"
String Nut Syntetic Bone
Tuners Fender
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rock, blues

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Binding
None
None
Body Construction
Double cutaway
Double cutaway
Body Shape
Strat®
Mustang
Body Top Wood
Alder
No
Body Type
Semi-Hollowbody
Solid Body
Body Wood
Alder
Alder
Bridge
Fixed
Fixed
Bridge Pickup Type
Humbucker
Humbucker
Controls
Tone/Volume
Volume
Fingerboard Radius
9.50"
9.50"
Fingerboard Material
Maple
Rosewood
Finish
Polyester
Gloss
Fret Size
Medium Jumbo
Medium Jumbo
Fingerboard Inlays
Black Dot
White Dot
Hardware
Chrome
Chrome
Neck Joint
Bolt-on
Bolt-on
Neck Pickup Type
Single Coil
Humbucker
Neck Shape
U-shaped neck
C-shaped neck
Neck Wood
Maple
Maple
Number of Frets
21
22
Number of Pickups
2
2
Number of Strings
6
6
Nut Width
1.65"
1.65"
Pickguard
Yes
No
Pickup Switch Type
3-Position Blade
3-way Pickup Selector
Scale Length
25-1/2"
25-1/2"
String Nut
Syntetic Bone
Syntetic Bone
Tuners
Fender
Fender
2 User Reviews

Boldfinger on 2012-10-15 21:24:27

Having flirted with soft-tails, HSH configurations, Gibsons versus Fenders and everything in between, I think I have finally learnt that I like, need and play most comfortably on two pickup hard-tail guitars with as little clutter, in the way of knobs and switches, as can be gotten away with. The question as to whether to go with maple, rosewood, ebony, or one of the numerous synthetic fretboards is not as easily addressed and, looks aside, seems to be determined more by the contour, finish and fret wire shape and width, than the base material used . There are probably those who can hear the added brightness of a quatersawn log, but I`m not one of them and I doubt that they are guitar players. In a beauty contest I would go for maple every-time, particularly when it involves bird`s eye or flamed varieties. I like the 51`s fast, shiny finish and medium jumbo frets. The contour feels more gentle than a U and has just the right chunkiness to it. Acoustically, especially given its relative lightness, the 51 is resonant and bright sounding. Plugged in, you can get all the sounds you need, unless you`ve overdone the hallucinogens and think that anything strange sounding and ear-splittingly loud must be good. Heavy hands are not required to play this guitar and finger fatigue is not an issue. The intonation problems inherent in many Teles, due to their arrangement of 3 angled saddles, is solved by the six saddles found on this hybrid. Japanese build standards remain as high as ever and the finish on my `black beauty` is faultless. To my eye, Strats are marred by their oversized headstocks and, less so, by their front output jacks; not an issue for Telecasters, from which this guitar has borrowed the best features. Turning it around, a Strat`s contoured body on a Tele is as nice change. A review published in a Premier magazine, mistaking opinion for fact, commented upon the obviously "ugly" scratchplate contours, despite my thinking that this is one of the guitar`s more attractive features. The 51`s price when introduced put it into territory where a few hundred pounds extra bought some pretty special guitars, not that this isn`t special, but there are no locking tuners, figured woods or novel electronic gizmos here. At its current price, including deluxe gigbag (£432 - £437 - Butterscotch at Musik-productiv and Black at Thomman, respectively), its over £125 less than an MIM Baja Tele, which barring a few electronic bells and whistles, is neither as well made, easy to play, or interesting to look at. The comparison may seem random, but I have a Baja, bought when its price dropped from around £500 to £345. This guitar may well follow the same trajectory as people catch on to the good sense that having a mongrel makes, so maybe it`s time to raid your piggy banks and get a bit of the 51`s bark and bite. Perhaps I ought to take my own advice and buy another one as an investment ... after all, they do come in two colours.

guitar on 2014-10-28 19:29:32

After having this guitar for about I year I can say the tone and feel is out standing. This is the perfect rock/blues guitar.

Fender Pawn Shop '51 4.24 out of 5 based on 7 ratings

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