Fender Pawn Shop '51

Fender Pawn Shop '51

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Pawn Shop '51, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Pawn Shop Stratocaster series.

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Public price: $999 VAT
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  • Manufacturer: Fender
  • Model: Pawn Shop '51
  • Series: Pawn Shop Stratocaster
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 04/04/2011

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Fender Pawn Shop '51 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 5 reviews )
 3 reviews60 %
 2 reviews40 %
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heads on fire01/31/2012

heads on fire's review"Stratotele?"

Fender Pawn Shop '51
Model Name: Pawn Shop™ Fender® ’51
Series: Pawn Shop Series
Color / MSRP* / Part # :

Body Material: Alder
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Finish:
(0266002306, 0266002307)

Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Polyester
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Neck Plate
Truss Rods: Standard Truss Rod
Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment

Pickup Configuration: H/S
Bridge Pickup: Enforcer™ Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
Neck Pickup: Texas Special™ Single-Coil Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 3 Position Rotary Toggle Switch
Controls: Master Volume with Push/Pull Coil Split, 3-Position Rotary

Hardware Finish: Chrome
Bridge: '70s-Style Hard-Tail Stratocaster Bridge
String Nut: Synthetic Bone

Strings: Fender® USA Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Telecaster Neck, Hardtail Bridge, HS Pickup Configuration, 3-Postion Rotary Pickup Selector Switch, 2-Knob Chrome Control Plate

Case Gig Bags: Deluxe Gig Bag


What an interesting idea - Fender decided to make a hybrid of their two most iconic designs, the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. This Pawn Shop '51 is a Strat in body shape and neck pickup, yet a Tele in neck, bridge, and controls. Fender added a humbucker in the bridge for some more modern versatility, and then throw on a pickguard resembling the Telecaster Bass pickguard. It is a bit strange to look at, but it is a neat guitar to play. The neck is super comfortable like a Tele, and the guitar has great tuning stability and resonance like a Tele. Yet the impression one gets from sitting down to play this is firmly Strat! It's a bizarre headgame this guitar played with me, but very rewarding at the same time.


The sounds are simple - Strat Texas Special pickup in the neck (think SRV tones, which this has in spades), and a Fender Enforcer in the neck (brighter, more bold and aggressive, good for hard rock). The middle position resembled the bridge setting yet tamed the treble output and added some more smoothness. This axe could play literally any style well.


It may be a bit strange to look at, but I am a fan of this guitar. It's good that Fender is starting to push some design boundaries, looking into its storied past and drawing inspiration from multiple sources, yet still incorporating some modern features. I'd like to see a Bass VI version of this guitar!

tjon901's review"Combination of classic Fender designs"

Fender Pawn Shop '51
The Pawn Shop line from Fender is a great new series of guitars. This series of guitars is based on what you might find in a pawn shop in the mid 70s. These guitars are what people would have been putting together in their garages at home back in the day. They are essentially parts bin guitars that Fender feels represent the custom guitar attitudes of the time. Fender has created some cool designs for the Pawn Shop series based on what some crazy luthier would have made with a few broken Fender guitars. This guitar is the Pawn Shop '51. This guitar is pretty much a copy of a Squier they put out a few years ago called the 51. I remeber these guitars sold like crazy and many people modded them even more. This guitar has the basic strat shape and a full face pickguard like you would find on an early 50s P-bass. It has a Texas Special single coil in the neck and an Enforcer humbucker in the bridge next to the hardtail. The controls on this guitar are cool. First is the volume knob that has a push pull pot for coil splitting the bridge pickup. Where you would expect the tone knob to be is actually a rotary pickups selector. The knob has a notch in the middle so you know when you got it 50/50 The neck is a 21 fret tele style maple neck.


The neck on the 51 is pretty nice. The frets are bigger than they would have been back in the day. It has a 9.5 radius so it is kinda vintage there but the big frets help level it out. It has your basic Fender profile. I find most Fender necks to be pretty similar. With the strat body you get typical strat upper fret access. The neck joint gets in the way if you are playing on the highest frets but it is not bad.


The guitar is a little limited in versatility but the sounds it can do are good. The Enforcer humbucker in the bridge is nice and thick. It has a good sharp pick attack and good clarity. When you split the humbucker it still retains some bite and you can get a single coil bridge tone similar to that of a telecasters. The Texas Special in the neck is a common pickup now in Fender guitars. It is the standard when it comes to hot rod single coils. It is hot and bitey but can still ring like a bell. The neck pickup really smooths out when you add some gain to the sound. Both pickups together give you a nice funky tone with the big twang from the neck position and the beef from the bridge pickup.


This guitar is really nice but I kind of wish they just kept it as a Squire version was like 200 dollars and this is like 600 dollars and it is pretty much the same guitar. They both were made overseas and the quality is not that much different. If you are looking at getting this guitar I recommend you try and find one of the Squier versions first to try out it might meet all your needs for less than 1/3 of the price.

strat'man's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"My favorite guitar"

Fender Pawn Shop '51
This strat hybrid is a kind of mixture of Telecaster and Stratocaster:
Telecaster Maple Fretboard with 9.5 "radius C and nut 42mm
Body Start 'alder with hardtail (string through, not like the Squier 51)
Microphones: 1 texas special in the neck position humbucker + 1 Fender Enforcer (24k!)
1 volume (with push-pull splitter for the humbucker) and one rotary switch for selecting microphones
Made in Japan (comes with a fairly thick cover Fender Deluxe)

So it should be noted that the neck pickup is noted "Texas Special" but it is not a "real" Fender Custom Shop Texas Special, I disassembled the guitar because the pads of microphones seemed very different from those I and I know of another Strat ', well it is a micro ceramic! And from what I've read on U.S. websites is that called a Fender Texas Special (Japanese ceramic version) ... short Fender does not care a bit about the head of the world ... I been disappointed that (not his), at least could they specify ... when Fender says "Texas Special single micro" it seems clear we are talking about a unique micro well known ... where they play on words to better sell the guitar with this marketing ploy Texas Special ... yes marketing because the guitar is nevertheless excellent and the neck pickup is really good and does not require any upgrade, I do not change (I have yet a real Texas Special neck on a Squier but it sounds worse ... to my ears Maybe the violin is also in question). So disappointing for this lie Fender well calculated, even if the microphone in question is really good and I have no wish to change and yet I like to change the guitars! But when a guitar that sounds like it changes nothing! (Even without the crap on the Texas Special and I know that is not the best neck pickup, the guitar is good so no need to take clients to idiots with this business lie ...)


The handle alone is worth the price of the guitar! You feel immediately at ease by taking the varnish will not stick in hand, on the contrary it feels to accelerate gently.
The guitar is very light and resonant, this is what struck me from the grip.
The advantage of this guitar is clear to me, I love Telecasters and also strat, but I prefer the ergonomics of the body and the strat hardtail I like the Telecaster twang and the Pawn ... 51 shop that brings the best of two guitars ...


So I play mostly blues-rock and I like it sometimes mixing funky rhythms, reggae ... it sticks completely to all these styles.
The output level of each microphone is very balanced, the neck pickup has a really typed his blues rock with his typical strat 'middle pickup ... well there is none, but it does not bother me (I have rarely used except in positions 2 and 4 on my Strat), so here the neck pickup is mixed with the humbucker split or not and the result is a typical sound telecaster, blues singing this position (neck + humbucker and we begin to BB King, humbucker neck + split and fall into the typical sounds soul, funk ...) and position humbucker only gives two new records, and position humbucker can affect both blues-rock that to hard (or more but I do not play metal, but I think it could easily be defined very micro tackle it), if you want to play the blues more so then slightly decrease the volume and we believe in the income year 60 John Lee Hooker ... When it splits the humbucker sound surprising, usually splitts microphones do not pack too much (lack of dynamics and we do not feel the sound of the standard single coil), here in version split it sounds like a real "single coil "... it is really a Fender Enforcer super micro (especially I knew Gibson, Seymour Duncan SH2, SH4, Schaller Golden 50).
5 positions are very usable and each has a very distinctive sound, one finds the best of the Start 'and Telecaster ...
I play two amps: Ampeg GVT5 any lamp (for which I gave an opinion) and a Fender G 3 December thirty (I only play at home, not in a group, so these two amps are sufficient according to the desires) 2 ... and the guitar amp sounds really good ...
Playing it feels immediately that plays a premium instrument, my previous much more expensive guitars did not sound better ...


Firstly I must say that I had a lot of guitars, strat 'USA deluxe, Apri 62', 70 'standard ... I also had a 52 reissue Telecaster, a standard HS ... and Mexican, also Squiers for fun (some are fun, not necessarily the most expensive way ...), but I never had the Japan I had heard so much good ... I wanted to buy a basic Squier Classic Vibe Strat '(the Telecaster with the 41mm nut as the affinity me disheartened despite the stunning look, it seems nothing less than 1mm on paper but with the handle in hand we feel a real difference to try so ...), but I stumbled upon this guitar that I did not know: a Japanese Fender € 400 Hot! (The price has changed the next day to 660 €! Thomann but the still sells at an attractive price, as ab road). I immediately say "but what is that thing?". After some research and good reviews I launched myself (though initially I did not like the look with the pickguard that goes, but finally it looks good in real life, maybe I've done too .. . atypical and it is well done). Actually the price and technical arguments have prevailed (hardtail, SH configuration profile of the handle, microphones ... manufacturing quality made in Japan).
Upon receiving the guitar I was surprised at the quality of the instrument, its empty, its light weight ... and plugging ... Wow!
This guitar is really a great guitar, not in terms of price, this is a serious professional tool that can be used with pleasure (it is really nice and easy to play), now on its price: Fender sells off c ... is a great opportunity to purchase a quality instrument at an average price range (even cheaper than a Start 'Mex and almost the price of a Squier CV ... these are good guitars but which do not have the quality of the Pawn Shop Fender Mex Japan ... are fine but for having tried and I must say I much prefer the Fender 51, she is so resonant and beautifully finished! My next strat ' or TV 'is a Japanese, I am amazed by the quality ...). I'm going to quibble that it is unfortunate that the pickguard is not a 3-ply cords and guides (string trees) too hold the strings (it easily tune the guitar with a strong game on the energetic blues bends) I ended up getting the string above (and here the guitar goes out of tune more and I'll order "roller string tree" (5 €!) ... but it does not bother everyone, yes me ...
Anyway, I found my "number one" (although not really the look I liked at first ...) ... I would have loved to try the Squier 51, but I think these are two very different guitars (not the same quality, not the same price either ... but it should be fun, the Fender is more amusing ...)
If you want a true atypical incredibly good guitar sound in the telecaster register Start 'and Start' then try this supercharged Fender pawn shop 51, it is a made in Japan worthy of the best American (I say that having been mainly U.S. and I see that the made in USA and made in Japan really worth ... but financially, we do not complain! I think I will become a follower of the "made in Japan" Fender)
I noted this guitar up (minus 1 point for the history of fake Texas Special, which is nevertheless a very good neck pickup, but I do not like the process of selling one thing playing on words, short on lie ...), its value for money is unbeatable in any case!
I love this guitar!


FerarriDaytona's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Handy polyvalenteet pretty (:"

Fender Pawn Shop '51
Japanese manufacture (lutherie perfect), it is a cross between a Stratocaster (alder body) and a Telecaster (neck 21 frets profile U).

Electronic side: A Fender Enforcer Humbucker (splittable) in bridge and a Fender Texas Special Single coil.

It has two knobs: A volume that is more based on push / pull to split the humbucker. And a 3-way switch that makes for the position of microphones.

NEGATIVE: it lacks a tone.


I find it very handy, the weight is like a Fender Strat (in the middle of what electric guitars), the handle is very nice and the access to the treble is very easy.

For sound, with a splittable humbucker and a Texas Special, it's five configurations that can only lead you to the sound you want.

You can really broad aim with this guitar, despite its versatility, it has a minimum character.

NEGATIVE: split the humbucker is hot to perform in full play


The sound is very good (good violin + good mics, there's no secret) and is also highly versatile. Clean, Country, Blues, Rock, Hard Rock, Metal.

Thanks to splittable humbucker, you can travel between his "fenderien" and "Gibsonian".


I for 1 year and I'm still happy.
This guitar is a mid-range for a ridiculous price.

I have already played and owned (or still has): Gibson LP Custom 60s, Fender Strat Standard USA and Highway One Strat Fender Mex Standard Classic 50's + + Blacktop Jaguar, Godin, Fernandes, Ibanez AR Aria Pro II Matsumoku, Lag Roxane, etc.

That, after all that, this Pawn Shop 51 is for me part of that which I had the greatest impact: A look original and beautiful at the same time (the blonde, we see the wood grain through the color and varnish ), very handy and very versatile sounds beautiful.

What I like most: very good price / quality ratio. Beautiful to look at (especially blonde), finishing at the top. Very easy to handle. Very good sounds and "key to everything." Microphones and their various combinations.

What I like least: No tone (but I knew ...).

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