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Old March 25th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Took pics at last, Pawnshop 51!

Fender Pawnshop 51 arrived to me from Thomann, Germany a week ago. I did hit it because i have wanted to get a Fender Japan guitar for 2 years now. I had a Squier 1983 Stratocaster 12 years time in 80s - 90s, and i remember it as very good guitar, except switch.
Furthermore, Thomann are/were selling these and some other Pawnshops very cheap, this one did cost me 3425 Swedish Krona, it makes about 535 American Dollars. I have seen it cost at least 849 at USA-based big guitar sellers recently.

In short: this example i got is perfectly put together, fit and finish is in class with my Old Growth Redwood Tele, neck is nice for my smallish hands, but it is not thin. About the same as in my 60`s Classic Strat. Pickups are both USA made: Texas Special at neck & Enforcer humbucker at bridge.
I get one strat-like sound from it, both pickups on with hb coils splitted. HB alone sounds a lot like as that in my Gibson SG, neck one is clearly hotter than typical strat ones. I say this guitar has one biting hb tone, one jangly strat-like tone, and 2 tele-sounding voices.
No tone control, front knob is volume with pull coil split function, other knob makes 3-position rotary switch. I don`t feel it would be some problem, i leave amp`s treble knob in middle, this guitar sounds very clear and detailed still with that. It has some HiFi-like finesse in it!

Edit: sorry for paper tissue in 3rd pic, i was in cold yesterday when i took photos. Here is Fender web link for more info, specs etc.

http://www.fender.com/en-SE/guitars/...hop-fender-51/
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Old March 25th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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pardon my ignorance, but what's the Pawnshop thing all about?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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pardon my ignorance, but what's the Pawnshop thing all about?
It is one of many model series Fender has, look here:

http://www.fender.com/en-SE/guitars/...p&brand=Fender

Pawnshop series was started about 2 years ago. Not some used instruments, but phantasy guitars which would have existed in past decades, if...somebody had thought to combine existing Fender parts in some new ways back then. My 51 model looks mostly as some prototype idea from Leo Fender, & Co. leading to Stratocaster guitar as we all know it today. Without a humbucker, of course.
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I'm still trying to figure out the connection between Pawn Shops and guitars that never existed.

Nice looking instrument, though.

So, am I correct in reading the website to say there is no TONE control on these?
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I'm still trying to figure out the connection between Pawn Shops and guitars that never existed.

Nice looking instrument, though.

So, am I correct in reading the website to say there is no TONE control on these?

Yes. You got to have a tone control in your amp, so Excelsior is out of question...
Pawnshop 51 is a combination of blackface pickguard, as in early Teles, but shaped similarly as 1951 released Precision Bass pickguard. Top horn of the body and control plate is like the one on same bass, neck is obviously from earliest Telecasters...only humbucker pickup is outside of early Fender design & technology. Somebody maybe mounted it in later?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Its a cheap Fender copy of a Squier 51
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Pawnshop 51 is a combination of blackface pickguard, as in early Teles, but shaped similarly as 1951 released Precision Bass pickguard. Top horn of the body and control plate is like the one on same bass, neck is obviously from earliest Telecasters...only humbucker pickup is outside of early Fender design & technology. Somebody maybe mounted it in later?
Yeah, I understand the lineages of all the different elements, but it's still a bizarre mutt of a guitar.
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Its a cheap Fender copy of a Squier 51

Good thing i did not pay more for it what a Squier 51 would have cost here in Sweden back in 2005!
Yes, the idea behind this guitar comes definitely from Squier.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Looks gorgeous, love my Squier '51.
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Man, those are kinda weird!
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That's a really nice guitar, if I had bought one, I would want the color you chose. I have played some of the pawn shop models, but never got a chance to play a '51 or I would probably have bought it. I had a Squier '51 that I did some work to and enjoyed playing it quite a lot. I sold it to a very nice man for his son to learn on, they both ended up loving the guitar. The tone control thing is not as big of a deal as you might think, lots of people wire their Teles so that they go straight from the pickup to the output jack. Cool guitar, I'm sure the quality is super coming from Fender Japan. The pawn shop models I did play were all very, very well finished and just played and felt great!
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Something nice going on there..cool it is Japan produced too!
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Old March 26th, 2013, 08:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old March 26th, 2013, 08:46 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I think its a great looking axe. I always liked the look of the 51, even the Squier version of it. I almost bought one a time or two, but for some reason never did. Nice guitar sir!
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That's a bad#ss looker. Congrats.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Sweet '51 you got there!

FWIW, I didn't know the Fender versions were MIJ? Guess I figured they were MIM... not that it really matters.
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Great color!
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Thanks, pondcaster & flyingbanana! Btw pondcaster, you must have thought of Blacktop Fenders which are MIM. Blacktop & Pawnshop sound quite similar if you are not concentrating to what names you did read or heard.

I like this guitar more and more. One of buys which showed better than i was expecting of, and it gets me to look hard which Fender Japan guitar or bass i will purchase next. There will surely be a couple of them in coming months!
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Cool guitar! I took advantage of the Thomann offer too. I replaced the neck on mine with a padauk and ebony Strat-style one from Warmoth.
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