Pawn Shop '72 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 ’72 has a semi-hollow Stratocaster® body with an f-hole, a Telecaster® style neck, two humbucking pickups, and dual-knob chrome control plate with master volume and pickup blend-a creative alchemy of diverse Fender
components.

Features include a rosewood fretboard with modern 9.5” radius and 6105 frets, a Fender Wide Range humbucking neck pickup and Fender Enforcer™ humbucking bridge pickup, ’70s-style hard-tail Stratocaster bridge, ’70s-style Fender “F” tuners, mint green pickguard, bullet truss rod, three-bolt neck attachment and deluxe gig bag.

Features
  • Series: Pawn Shop Series
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: Maple, Tele Style
  • Neck Finish: Polyester
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Frets: 21
  • Position Inlays: Vintage Cream
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod: Bullet Style Truss Rod
  • Pickups: Enforcer™ Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
  • Wide Range Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Blend Control (Center Detent)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Fender® 70s Style "F" Tuners
  • Bridge: 70's-Style Hard-Tail Stratocaster Bridge
  • Strap Buttons: Vintage Style Strap Buttons
  • Pickguard: Mint Green/Black/Mint Green
  • Strings: Fender® USA Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Unique Features: Telecaster Neck, Hardtail Bridge, Double Humbucker Configuration,
  • "F" Tuners, Rotary Blend Control with Center Detent, 2-Knob
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FenderPawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Truly love it.

I think the other reviews before me have been unfair. Nobody has actually owned the Fender version of it. The guy who was freaking about no tone control from no toggle switch is right...Read complete review

I think the other reviews before me have been unfair. Nobody has actually owned the Fender version of it. The guy who was freaking about no tone control from no toggle switch is right about one thing - there is no toggle switch. However, next to the volume knob, there is a "tone blending" knob that allows you to roll all the way onto the bridge pickup, all the way onto the treble pickup, and even has a notch that you can set in the middle to get an even distribution between both pickups. Imagine it like a toggle switch - but better - you get full control over how much of each pickup you want. You can have 35% of your bridge pickup and 65% of your neck pickup with your volume all the way up.

The only reason I only gave the features on this an 8 is because I wish it had a tremolo bar, and also the F-hole that makes this a "semi-hollow" guitar isn't really deep...it's basically just a hole that stops just outside of the visibility of the front of the guitar...there isn't really much of a cavity for the sound to really resonate in like a real semi-hollow body.

I really enjoy the sustain you can get out of this guitar. It's got 90% of the resonance that a high dollar Strat would. You play a single note and it holds for a good ten seconds. Not many guitars in this price range out there have that quality. Also.. I absolutely love the Tele neck on the Strat body. You'd think it would be poorly put together, but Fender really got this right. Some people might complain about it being a 3 bolt neck versus a 4. Guitars in the 1970's had issues with 3 bolt necks. It's now 2011. Things have definitely changed. The neck is also very smooth and fast. The tuning pegs hold up much better than Made In Mexico guitars. This guitar is made in Japan. Mine was set up already when I took it out of the box and sounded great even with the stock strings on it.

I would just like to add, this guitar is a hit. I constantly get compliments on it. My own band (even my drummer) has told me how much they love it, and they've told me more than once. It's an interesting looking guitar, so people who know Strats and Teles tend to ask "what is that?" It's nice to have the attention sometimes...it's seriously beautiful.

For all of the great playability, sustain, uniqueness, build, and more for a guitar that's made in Japan, I truly have to admit that it is a great price. I wish it was an American made guitar, yes, but a Japanese Fender is light years better than a Mexican one. When paired with the right amp, it just sounds GOOD. It also has a touch of something you won't hear with any other guitar, because there really aren't many guitars with a Strat body and a Tele neck. If you really want to stand out, get the Fender experience, have great tone and resonance all for under a grand, then this guitar is for you. If you want an American built, highest quality parts, and have the money to spend, then this guitar isn't for you. It's that simple.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice guitar

i am not looking for another guitar to end up in the closet or under the bed. i am looking for a player to use. except for the problems i've mentioned, i really...Read complete review

i am not looking for another guitar to end up in the closet or under the bed. i am looking for a player to use. except for the problems i've mentioned, i really like this guit. great susutain, plays easy, sounds muy bueno. from jazzy warm to useable biteing highs, but not too shrill or brittle. the blender is a brilliant idea. no switches, or BS to get in the way, just roll the blender towards the neck, the tone gets fatter . if you roll it back towards the bridge.it starts to bite. too simple. there's a detent in the middle of the sweep to let you know where your at. the volume knob also changes the tone as it rolls up and down,. best part is that as the volume pot rolls off the tone stays nice and full with a range of still useable volume. most guitars just die once the volume is rolled off a bit, not here. simple, useable tone and volume control. if you are a doubter regarding this, go play and hear one, it's the real deal. i'm required to put a number on the meter here to rate the guitar. i'm gonna give it a six the way it sits. if it was properly set up i'd give it a solid 9. this is (once fixed) a pretty cool guitar, possibly a keeper, we'll see. got a couple small shows this weekend, hopefully it will sit well in the mix.
ok, here we go,.day two with the new guitar. japanese build quality is a thing of beauty, great fit and finish. sadly the strings do not align quite correctly with the pole oieces on the neck pickup. the high e string wants to fall off the neck once you get up to the 15th fret and higher. 20th fret si a tad high causing some bends to choke. if only these problems were not present. last complaint; the input jack is falling out. all the mentioned problems may be fixable, so there's hope for this one. wish the neck had a fatter profile, alittle more meat on the neck would be a plus, but it's still pretty comfy.
except for the flaws mentioned, the fit and finish are very nice, itsa beauty.
good value for the money compared to the cheaper gibbys or united nations fenders. solid guitar with solid electronics, no need to rush out and waste more dollars chaseing a better sound, it's already in there.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ULTRA CLEAR SOUND for many kind of music

By Erik Solis

from Monterrey Nuevo Le��_n

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

Ultra clear sound that i didn't find in fender blacktop, fender std telecaster or fender telecaster 72 reissue. The only thing i could add to this guitar is a tone because sometimes i want to use only the humbucker and shut the high ends and its not possible, but you could buy an equalizer pedal to satisfy this requirement. Japan has many great things and great quality standards, some of them better than US and its visible and hearable when you play this awesome guitar. Im from Mexico and i did have a Fender telecaster 72 reissue once (made in mexico) and it wasn't made as good as this one.

(3 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar

By D.E.

from Denver

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

Not good.. First, the contours of the Strat shape make the hollow areas of the body really small, so it's heavy, more than a pound heavier than the Mexican made '72 Thinline Tele. Second, the neck is not U shaped. It is C shaped. Third, the pickups sounded dull. The '72 Thinline Tele Classic is better sounding and playing. The '72 Pawn Shop Strat has a better fit and finish, but that isn't enough.
No tone control. No pickup switch. Sorry, cute but impractical. I tried, it doesn't work.
Really nice. I like Japanese built Fenders. I already have two of them.
Good price for the quality.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amazing tone from a unique looking guitar.

By Joe King

from Indiana

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

I have to admit that the looks of this guitar led me to pick it up and try it (I got the surf green), but this guitar is so much more than looks. The sound, the build quality, and the playability make this guitar #1 in my rotation.
The main feature that led to my purchase of this guitar was the lack of a standard pickup switch. It's is replaced by a blend knob that allows you to dial in any mix of the two pickups. The two pickups have distinctly different tones, but they mix beautifully in any combination. The fretboard plays lightning quick and the neck is amazingly comfortable.
I was blown away by the build quality of this guitar. I have played Fender guitars made in Japan before, but this guitar is the nicest one I've played. This guitar has become #1 in my rotation. The fit and finish are superb.
This is the nicest sub $1000 guitar I've ever played.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

nice guitar

By clifford gartrell

from california

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

i am not looking for another guitar to end up in the closet or under the bed. i am looking for a player to use. except for the problems i've mentioned, i really like this guit. great susutain, plays easy, sounds muy bueno. from jazzy warm to useable biteing highs, but not too shrill or brittle. the blender is a brilliant idea. no switches, or BS to get in the way, just roll the blender towards the neck, the tone gets fatter . if you roll it back towards the bridge.it starts to bite. too simple. there's a detent in the middle of the sweep to let you know where your at. the volume knob also changes the tone as it rolls up and down,. best part is that as the volume pot rolls off the tone stays nice and full with a range of still useable volume. most guitars just die once the volume is rolled off a bit, not here. simple, useable tone and volume control. if you are a doubter regarding this, go play and hear one, it's the real deal. i'm required to put a number on the meter here to rate the guitar. i'm gonna give it a six the way it sits. if it was properly set up i'd give it a solid 9. this is (once fixed) a pretty cool guitar, possibly a keeper, we'll see. got a couple small shows this weekend, hopefully it will sit well in the mix.
ok, here we go,.day two with the new guitar. japanese build quality is a thing of beauty, great fit and finish. sadly the strings do not align quite correctly with the pole oieces on the neck pickup. the high e string wants to fall off the neck once you get up to the 15th fret and higher. 20th fret si a tad high causing some bends to choke. if only these problems were not present. last complaint; the input jack is falling out. all the mentioned problems may be fixable, so there's hope for this one. wish the neck had a fatter profile, alittle more meat on the neck would be a plus, but it's still pretty comfy.
except for the flaws mentioned, the fit and finish are very nice, itsa beauty.
good value for the money compared to the cheaper gibbys or united nations fenders. solid guitar with solid electronics, no need to rush out and waste more dollars chaseing a better sound, it's already in there.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly love it.

By Brian-TBXWm

from Los Angeles

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

I think the other reviews before me have been unfair. Nobody has actually owned the Fender version of it. The guy who was freaking about no tone control from no toggle switch is right about one thing - there is no toggle switch. However, next to the volume knob, there is a "tone blending" knob that allows you to roll all the way onto the bridge pickup, all the way onto the treble pickup, and even has a notch that you can set in the middle to get an even distribution between both pickups. Imagine it like a toggle switch - but better - you get full control over how much of each pickup you want. You can have 35% of your bridge pickup and 65% of your neck pickup with your volume all the way up.

The only reason I only gave the features on this an 8 is because I wish it had a tremolo bar, and also the F-hole that makes this a "semi-hollow" guitar isn't really deep...it's basically just a hole that stops just outside of the visibility of the front of the guitar...there isn't really much of a cavity for the sound to really resonate in like a real semi-hollow body.

I really enjoy the sustain you can get out of this guitar. It's got 90% of the resonance that a high dollar Strat would. You play a single note and it holds for a good ten seconds. Not many guitars in this price range out there have that quality. Also.. I absolutely love the Tele neck on the Strat body. You'd think it would be poorly put together, but Fender really got this right. Some people might complain about it being a 3 bolt neck versus a 4. Guitars in the 1970's had issues with 3 bolt necks. It's now 2011. Things have definitely changed. The neck is also very smooth and fast. The tuning pegs hold up much better than Made In Mexico guitars. This guitar is made in Japan. Mine was set up already when I took it out of the box and sounded great even with the stock strings on it.

I would just like to add, this guitar is a hit. I constantly get compliments on it. My own band (even my drummer) has told me how much they love it, and they've told me more than once. It's an interesting looking guitar, so people who know Strats and Teles tend to ask "what is that?" It's nice to have the attention sometimes...it's seriously beautiful.

For all of the great playability, sustain, uniqueness, build, and more for a guitar that's made in Japan, I truly have to admit that it is a great price. I wish it was an American made guitar, yes, but a Japanese Fender is light years better than a Mexican one. When paired with the right amp, it just sounds GOOD. It also has a touch of something you won't hear with any other guitar, because there really aren't many guitars with a Strat body and a Tele neck. If you really want to stand out, get the Fender experience, have great tone and resonance all for under a grand, then this guitar is for you. If you want an American built, highest quality parts, and have the money to spend, then this guitar isn't for you. It's that simple.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FANTASTIC!

By Joe

from Levittown, PA

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

I saw this hanging in a local music shop and was immediately struck by a guitar god thunderbolt. It was a Fender, but all retro, cool and very unique looking. But you know how it goes, it may look cool, but what are the chances that it will play and sounds as good as it looks? Well this guitar is AMAZING! The neck is a dream...just perfect. Nice low action with no frett buzz whatsoever. It plays really fast. And both pickups have a very sweet tone. Warm and jazzy when cleaned up. Warm and sustainy with a bit of top end when you crank up the distortion. The blender knob is great! I love the fact that you can get a bunch of tones by just rolling the knob. And again, going back to the look...it's one of coolest looking guitar I have ever seen. The surf green color, the f-hole, the greenish vintage pick guard...too cool! From the look, feel and sound, this is a fantastic guitar!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow.

By Ryan

from Westport, Ct.

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

I went to guitar center one day knowing I was going to buy a guitar. I really had my mind set on the Fender American Tele but the guy there said I should try playing some other guitars. I played an American Strat, the Tele, a Gibson SG and even a Gibson Les Paul. Then he brought me a guitar I had never seen before the Fender pawn shop. When I played I was blown away. The action, tone and quality surpassed every other guitar and every guitar I've played since then. Also the price is significantly cheaper then most other high end guitars.

(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I like the looks

By DIY guitar

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

I like how it looks with a mashup of strat and tele. The controls are down near the lower part of the guitar and out of the way for you extravagant strummers. It has a volume pot and 3 way rotary switch. Simple guitar and fun to play but not very much range of tone.

(1 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Umm... What is this guitar?

By cwisor

from Chucktown, SC

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

I played this model a guitar center a few weeks back. I am not a fan of this particular model because it completely lacks in versatility. Yes, it has two humbuckers, but no toggle (Unless it's like hidden under the bridge or something)... Aesthetically, it's very retro. I enjoy the concept very much, but I could not get over the fact that it was missing a toggle. The humbuckers weren't anything to slobber over either.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Freaky awesome guitar!

By JR-J4IY7

from Michigan

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '72 Electric Guitar:

I want to do a side by side comparison of the PRS SE semi-hollow (made in Korea) and this guitar before I buy. The PS 72 that I was playing in the store, the manager said it was the first time he had heard the guitar through a big amp. It rocks. Surf's up!
Stopped by the local guitar shop looking for a PRS SE Semi-hollowbody, which they didn't have. The surf green Pawn Shop '72, however, caught my eye, so I asked to play it. Plugged into a Fender Deluxe Reverb and was blown away. It has that great tele maple neck," but it is the humbuckers coupled with the semi-hollow body that really surprised me. The simplicity is what gets you. What is really cool is there is no ""tone"" knob. It is replaced with a transition switch allowing you to get blends of the wide range neck pup and the enforcer bridge pup. You've got to try it.
Japanese built. The fit and finish were right on. Quality throughout.
For a weird looking guitar (the piecing together of disparate parts of various Fender guitars)", it has great tone, and will probably be one of the more under-rated guitars this year. Rob Chappers does a Youtube video with the three tone PS 72 that makes your jaw drop. Very much worth the $800.

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