Just brought home a new Fender Pawn Shop 51. I was fortunate to not know about the now discontinued Squier 2005 51 that looked identical and sold for a quarter of the price. Here is what Wiki has to say; In spring 2011, Fender introduced its own version of the Squier '51, also called a '51, under a new line of guitars called the Fender Pawn Shop Series. The Fender '51 had a MSRP of US$999 and was initially being advertised at popular online retailers for US$799. By mid-June 2011, the MSRP had risen to US$1,099, although online retailer prices remained unchanged. Hardware and electronic component differences aside, the configuration of the Fender variant was almost identical to that of the Squier, with the only notable differences being the use of a full thickness Stratocaster alder body instead of a slightly thinner (by approximately one quarter of an inch) basswood body, and a string-through-body hardtail Stratocaster bridge instead of a top-load bridge. The '51's signature features were all retained, including the Telecaster neck and headstock style, the Stratocaster body shape, and the original Precision Bass pickguard and control plate, humbucking bridge and single coil neck pickups, as well as the rotary pickup selector, single volume control with push-pull coil-tap switch, and absent tone control. They are selling at Musicians friend and Guitar Center for $849. Worth every dime as far as I am concerned. So what do you think? How about a black DiMarzio 162 P90 style going right in the middle position? With that give it that Les Paul 3 pickup look? Instead of bare, it may become rare. Loaded for action.