Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar  

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The new Pawn Shop series instruments draw inspiration from strange and storied pawn shop finds of the 1960s and ’70s, and emerge as all-new Fender guitars with a bold element of eccentricity—guitars t... Click To Read More About This Product

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The new Pawn Shop series instruments draw inspiration from strange and storied pawn shop finds of the 1960s and ’70s, and emerge as all-new Fender guitars with a bold element of eccentricity—guitars that never were but could have been.

The Pawn Shop Fender '51 has a Stratocaster® body and a "C"-shaped Telecaster® neck, with a single-coil Texas Special™ neck pickup, Fender Enforcer™ humbucking bridge pickup and a dual-knob chrome control plate-a creative alchemy of diverse Fender components.

Features include maple fretboard with modern 9.5" radius and medium-jumbo frets, master volume control with push-pull coil split, three-position rotary pickup selector knob, '70s-style hard-tail Stratocaster bridge, white pickguard, vintage-style tuners and strap buttons, and deluxe gig bag.

Features
  • Series: Pawn Shop Series
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: Maple with "C" shaped contour
  • Neck Finish: Polyester
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod: Standard Truss Rod
  • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Adjustable Hex Nut
  • Pickups: Enforcer™ Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
  • 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: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: 70's-Style Hardtail Stratocaster Bridge
  • Strap Buttons: Vintage Style Strap Buttons
  • Pickguard: White/Black/White
  • 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
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FenderPawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Made in Japan awesome guitar

By MasterBlaster

from Carolina

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Simple Tone Machine
  • Solid Electronics
  • Super Value
  • Typical Japan Highquality

Cons

  • Ads Never Give Country
  • Hard to find

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

What an unknown jem! Basically a Strat with different pickup arrangement that works so much better than the old traditional three. Texas Special single coil pickup,same as in some top USA made models, is located right at the 24th fret location, for max effect. And don't believe it's weak as read above, it's just exactly like my US Strat, or better. And the humbucker at bridge sounds awesome, great tone clean and distorted, and has a coil split that actually works and doesn't just drop the volume like most others. Blame it on the Japanese factory, which is where mine was made, in about 2011. Likely they will make these somewhere else because I know my Pawn Shop Mustang is mexican. This 51 is top quality everything on it looks perfect. Action is set unbelieveably low and no buzz. Why don't the specs on ALL FENDERS include country of origin? Probably because Fender slips in the indonesia and china cheapos with no advance notice and the retailers have to be careful they don't get a bunch of returns.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Good

By Hammy

from Isle of Long, New York

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • No Tone Knob

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

Bought this as a novelty but quickly fell in love. Great guitar and after 1 year still going strong. Good for gigs or practice. I had a mini toggle put in for pickup selection ( easier to see what one your on) and a no load delta tone control for the old pickup selector knob. I like that configuration better (inexpensive job). Overall a great Fender cheapie.

 
5.0

Surprisingly usable with good tone choices

By Dennis Brown

from Lexington, NC

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

Excellent feel, nice rolled edges on the neck of the MIJ ones. Humbucker is pretty solid, slightly brighter than a LP would be but just as nice for gain. For the neck, they picked the right pickups, nice and thick blues tones, but plenty of highs. PUs are good enough that most gigging players will find them just fine without replacing. With split coils, the guitar actually sounds good, not like it is a compromise at all. Very Tele like. Same for the bridge pickup in single coil mode. Not quite a Tele, but close enough. The hardtail is solid and great for those of us that hate tremolos. The pickup selector is odd but can be swapped if you don't like. All and all, a solid guitar with exceptional craftsmanship going into it. I would guess it is more of a rock guitar that also does a lot of nice cleans, but on the whole, makes a reasonable Swiss Army knife guitar for any gigging musician who doesn't want to keep swapping guitars out in the middle of a gig.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WAIT!!!! The Squier '51 is coming back!!

By strat-kat

from Tampa, FL

About Me Experienced

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

I've got a Squier '51 I purchased here on closeout in 2006. Is it as good as a Fender? Using my 2004 American Deluxe Stratocaster for comparison-no. For 1/10 the price, though, it's pretty awesome and a blast to play! Been hanging onto it expecting it to become collectible and now they are going to start making them again. Some have them available for pre-order.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bright and Snappy

By AlienRocker

from Roswell, NM.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • No Tone Control

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

Let me start by saying that I own some pretty decent guitars and tend to be a bit of a tone nut. This P51 has alot of great attributes that I really appreciate. First, it's light, kind of like an SG. The balance is nice (unlike an SG) and the neck feels really nice ( a little chunkier than the normal C profile). The control knobs are in a good position unlike my stats that are always in my way. I really wish they would have incorporated a tone control but I run a boss EQ stomp box before my pedals to compensate, that way when I switch out to my LP all I have to do is turn it off. I think I will put 10s on it to take away some of the "ice pick" sounds I'm getting (hope it works). The bridge humbucker PU is really powerful in either full hum or split mode. However, the Texas special in the neck position kind of lacks character and is weak IMHO. All in all, a great guitar for the money if you can control the tone. The Japanese build quality is top notch.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As Advertised Build-Quality

By Terry Barrows

from Oklahoma

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None found

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

Just received this blonde beauty today - a stunning guitar. The wood grain can be seen in the butterscotch finish and that aspect doesn't show up on pics. The maple fingerboard matches the color of the guitar! It was packed very well, wrapped in cushioning, placed inside the gig bag inside a box, then packed with yet another box outside. No scratches or blemishes anywhere and the fretwork is the best I've seen in a new guitar. It came out of the box nearly in tune, no fret-buzz and the intonation was off on only one string which I easily reset. Since I've only owned it two hours, I can only report that this thing sings like a bird clean and screams like a banshee when dirty. I'm getting almost no volume-drop with the coil-tapping, which is very nice. I can already tell that it'll be the first one out of the rack and in my hands at our gigs. Best part for me is the Tele neck joined to that Stratocaster tone, yes-it has the Strat sound. I have long fingers and no longer own other strats because their necks are too small. This became a problem up around the 10th-12th fret that went away with this guitar. I'll be taking some high-grit sandpaper to the back of the neck to slightly remove some of the lacquer (Otherwise I'll stick to it at outdoor gigs) but I like the tone too much to consider changing anything else yet. I've been playing over 20 years and the quality of this thing out of the box is the best I've seen. These Japanese-made guitars are VERY well constructed with attention to detail. Equal in quality in every way to my American Fender Jazzmaster and my Epiphone Les Paul that will be its stablemates. This is the best deal going out there as far as I'm concerned.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bright & Tasty

By Whammer Jammer

from MI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great build quality
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • No hard case

Best Uses

  • Long Sets
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar based solely on the reviews, the average weight described & the fact that it was made in Japan. I have owned a number of Fenders made there and compare their quality up there with American Fenders. It also helped that I bought mine with the blonde finish at a good sale price.

If you have problems with your lower back like me, You'll appreciate that these weigh in at a very reasonable weight. Mine weighs just a shade over 7 lbs.

As I hoped, the build quality is excellent. The set up out of the box is never perfect, but this one came close. While the Texas Special neck pickup is nice for certain lead tones, I find myself playing rhythm chords on the bridge. It's truly addicting if you are interested in the Johnny Ramone and/or Malcolm Young's style. When I first plugged in I was concerned about the brightness, but after playing with the amp eq for a minute I dialed in some seriously raunchy hard rock rhythms. It nails punk & hard rock.

I highly recommend this guitar, especially now that they have stopped building them and are clearing them out. Do yourself a favor and pick one up while you can.

The only drawback is that there is no hard case for this fine instrument. Hey Fender, why don't you offer these with a hard case for another Benjamin or so?

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Straight Up HotRod

By BURT ARTHUR

from East Spanaway/Tacoma Wa

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

...If I were going to be getting a new Guitar this would be it...The Blonde on Blonde is esquisite...with the Black pick guard what a great accent...I'm not a fan of the Telecaster but this verson of the Strat goes well with the Tele neck...just enough difference to make this 'stand out' from a standard Stratocaster...and that my friends makes it a Production HotRod for me! Peace!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

P51 — Best of all worlds

By Hootcom

from Madison, WI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All around
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

    I own the Pawnshop '51 and it has become my primary player. I own eight electric guitars, including a Hwy. 1 Strat and a vintage Tele among others. The P51 has the neck of the Tele and the Strat-style body. This makes a very comfortable, well-balanced instrument. The individual bridge saddles are a nice modern touch to the vintage vibe of the styling. The neck pickup is a single coil in the same vein as the Tele and Strat — a thin, chiming treble. This is typical vintage Fender sound. The bridge pickup is a split coil humbucker that rocks. The combination makes this guitar very versatile.

    I will admit that I purchased this from an online retailer's flash sale and got an unbelievable price — less than half the MSRP. Great value.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Super Guitar

    By London

    from Patterson, NY

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • It"s A Dream Guitar
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cool Looking
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

      When I started playing this guitar it made me feel like I was just an extension to the guitar. It feels so comfortable. The sounds that come out are just heavenly. I'm very happy I purchased this baby.

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