« Mixture of Fender designs »Publié le 06/29/11 à 09:12
This guitar plays like a typical hard tail strat. It has a 9.5 radius which is kinda flat but it has medium jumbo frets that let you really use the whole neck in bends. The neck is smooth and lets you play fast. Upper fret access is like any other strat the heel kind of gets in the way but it isnt bad. The hard tail allows for good tuning stability and it is strung through the body for more sustain. The micro tilt adjustment provides an easy way to shim the neck without actually shimming it. The blend knob is a cool feature. It is notched in the middle so you know when you have both pickups on. You can dial in how much neck pickup and bridge pickup you want in the sound.
The bridge pickup bites hard like it did in the 51. It is bitey with good clarity. All the notes ring out well and you can hear just about every string in a chord. The neck pickup is nice and smooth like you would expect. The neck pickup on its own is really jazzy sounding with its darkness. The blend knob allows a cool mix of tones. You can dial in bite with the bridge humbucker with a bit of dark bottom end from the neck to get cool tones. Or you can make it mostly neck pickup and add a bit of bite and clarity from the bridge to clear up the tone. Using the blend knob while playing can get you cool wah like tones.
The Pawn Shop series is a great idea from Fender. I hope they keep making these guitars. Maybe they can make some 80s Pawn Shop guitars like Strats with Kahlers and humbuckers and whatnot. The 72 is from my Favorite era of Fender guitars. Because Fender guitars are modular they are so easy to mod and mix and match so you can get really cool and unique creations going on. If you are looking for a Fender that looks unusual and can give you great tones this is a good guitar.