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Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar

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Soak up the scintillating synergy of this Strat/Tele/humbucker mashup.

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
  • Plate
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FenderPawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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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)
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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Favorite Guitar!

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

I'm a tele lover, but I think the regin of the tele is being taken over by my love for the 51. I'm glad I added this Fender 51 to my collection.
Can't give it a ten on features as there is no tone control. But the guitar is satisfying without it, but it would be better with a tone control.

The combination of the neck single coil and bridge humbucker it perfect. It has become my favorite combo.
The quality is great. The finish is flawless, the neck is perfect. The pickguard fits, everything looks a feels perfect. The weight isn't too heavy.
The price of this guitar seems kinda high when you compare it to the Squier version, but believe me the Fender version is in NO way comparable to the Squier version. I own three Squier 51s this Fender 51 is head and shoulders above in terms of overall workmanship and quality of parts. It is a guitar I don't have to fix to make perfect.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Pawn Shop 51 Strat

By Fender Bender

from Australia

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Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar because it reminded me of my old Japanese Squier Bullet from 1983. I bought mine from this site as a Level One second hand, i.e. returned but like new. I love Japanese made Fenders, and my blonde 51 looks great. Faultless poly finish. You can see the alder grain through the transparent blonde (more like butterscotch) finish. This colour is complemented nicely by the tinted, slim, tele style neck. The guitar is also quite light. My guitar was set up poorly, and I had to adjust the truss rod and saddles. But now she plays sweet - really nice. Hopefully most people won't have to set up their new guitars. I am primarily a rhythm guitarist, so I really like the hardtail (I wish Fender made more hardtails !). I also really like the position and layout of the controls. I often accidently change the volume on my normal strat because the volume knob is too close to the strings. This doesn't happen on the 51 because the controls are further from the strings. It is also cool that there is no tone knob, because tone knobs are generally a waste of space on guitars. You can also pull the volume knob up on the 51 to split the bridge humbucker into a single coil - this adds to your tonal options. The pickups consist of a Texas Special in the neck position and an enforcer humbucker in the bridge position. The Texas Secial gives those traditional, mellow neck pickup strat tones. But I really like the humbucker - it gives a rawer,punchier tone that you don't normally get on a strat. At first I thought that the meandering pickguard was plain ugly, but I am getting used to it now. It certainly highlights the fact that this strat is a little different. The bridge is fairly basic, but solid, and the tuners seem okay (but it is early days yet). In summary, I like the Fender 51. It is a hardtial with some different tones, but it still feels like a Fender. I think this will be a keeper. Now I'm saving for a Pawn Shop Mustang!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid guitar

By thejay

from PA

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Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

I decided I would take the leap; glad I did. Very impressed with the pickups and over quality/tone of this guitar. It is super light compared to my Gibson's which I expected. Nice neck, frets and finish. Nice addition to my collection of guitars, not your typically Strat but holds its own in all of the various models.IMHO you should not review guitars based on a release and not playing it first hand, what is the point? I might have got a "good one" but it sounds great. Sure it might be a little overpriced at the start but wait for a sale.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender '51 Pawn Shop

By Robert-BY49q

from Madison, WI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is in my humble opinion, a true sleeper. It has an exceptionally good feel, excellent neck and good tone out of the humbucker in the bridge position. It sounds just like what it looks like.... somewhere between a Strat and a Tele. This guitar is built in Japan, and the build quality is excellent. Fit and finish exceed that of most domestically produced instruments. The weak link in my experience is the neck pickup. It sounds sort of Tele..ish but is weak and lacks swat. The bridge pickup is clear, and has a tone that really excells in country rock tunes. Out of the box, the action and intonation were perfect. I bought the yellow/butterscotch version, which is transparent so the grain shows through the paint. It's quite striking in appearance.

If I were to get real picky, I'd like a single tone pot relacing the rotary pickup selector switch, and a 3 way toggle switch similar to a Les Paul installed on the upper bout. Overall, this is an excellent guitar for the money. It plays as good as my American Strat, and the vintage look adds to it's funky vibe.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bright & Tasty

By Whammer Jammer

from West Michigan

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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?

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Super Guitar

By London

from Patterson, NY

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great player, good feel and finish!

    By Robert

    from Arkansas

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    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

        I recently purchased a Pawnshop '51 (blond). I love the finish and feel of the guitar. The grain "just" shows through the finish. It is truly a striking guitar. The craftsmanship is great. I own an American Standard Strat, an American Tele (Highway 1), and an American Standard P-bass. They are all great instruments, but I will put this Japanese made Fender up beside them proudly. I had to set the intonation and action, but beyond that I took it out of the box and started playing it. I have to say, I am impressed with the guitar. I think it is my new favorite!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Versatility and quality you can't beat!

        By Wittman1

        from Corinth, MS

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Hardtail sustain
        • Solid Electronics
        • Split coil humbucker
        • The pickup configuration

        Cons

        • Truss Rod placement

        Best Uses

        • Anywhere
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

        I received my Pawn Shop 51' Yesterday and I had the opportunity to test it thoroughly. Everything feels great! The setup was done perfectly. The Polyester finish is great. My favorite feature is the pickup configuration. It gives my favorite tone from both the stratocaster and the telecaster. (Strat-neck, Tele-bridge) And the split coil feature humbucker just makes it an all around sounding guitar. The Hardtail gives more sustain. And I enjoy the rotatory pickup knob. It makes it impossible to switch pickups by accident. And its easy to use once you're used to it. The minor thing I didn't like was the truss rod adjustment placement. You have to remove the pickguard to get to it. But at least it can be adjusted with a slot screwdriver so that's a plus. :-) This has become my favorite guitar, and worth what I paid for. I LOVE IT!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Made in Japan awesome guitar

        By Mike the Knife

        from Georgia

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        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.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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

        By strat-kat

        from Tampa, FL

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        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        As Advertised Build-Quality

        By Terry Barrows

        from Oklahoma

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        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        P51 — Best of all worlds

        By Hootcom

        from Madison, WI

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        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really Good

          By Hammy

          from Isle of Long, New York

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          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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bright and Snappy

          By Ailen Rocker

          from Roswell, NM.

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          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.

          (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          nothing but vintage vibe

          By fenderfreak37

          from idaho

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          Comments about Fender Pawn Shop '51 Electric Guitar:

          ok i do not own this guitar but i own the squire version that was discontinued in 2005 mine also has a strat neck but it sounds amazing it can play any thing but dont take my word for it try one out

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