Fender Stratocaster Guitar Forum



Warmoth.com Amplified Parts lacemusic.com seymourduncan.com


Go Back   Fender Stratocaster Guitar Forum > Main Stratocaster Guitar Discussion Forum > Stratocaster Discussion Forum
Forgot Username/Password? Join Us!

Notices

Stratocaster Discussion Forum The Strat-talk.com Fender Stratocaster Discussion Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 6th, 2012, 12:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
Strat-Talker
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Sonoran Desert - Arizona
Posts: 342
Any Strat Pawn Shop '51 Owners here?

Played one at my local GC recently and I'm thinkin' I need to bag this one... it's a bit of an odd bird (Tele neck, Strat body, Texas Spl. neck pickup, Enforcer Humbucker bridge pup), it sounds and plays (and to my eyes, looks) awesome! Just wondering who else here may share the enthusiasm? The quality of the Japanese build is impressive. Labor Day 15% discount... brings it to like $680. This hobby is so addicting.


DHart is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 6th, 2012, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
juanjosebh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Veracruz Mexico
Age: 23
Posts: 4,357
Quote:
Originally Posted by DHart
Played one at my local GC recently and I'm thinkin' I need to bag this one... it's a bit of an odd bird (Tele neck, Strat body, Texas Spl. neck pickup, Enforcer Humbucker bridge pup), it sounds and plays (and to my eyes, looks) awesome! Just wondering who else here may share the enthusiasm? The quality of the Japanese build is impressive. Labor Day 15% discount... brings it to like $680. This hobby is so addicting.
I tought these were Chinese? Like the modern players since Japan isn't selling guitars in America anymore.
__________________
When I was a child, everybody smiled... Nobody knows me at all. Every day at night and in the morning light... nobody knows me at all.
juanjosebh is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 6th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
Strat-Talker
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Sonoran Desert - Arizona
Posts: 342
Juan... this one was made in Japan.
DHart is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links   #
Sponsored posting
 

Old September 6th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
juanjosebh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Veracruz Mexico
Age: 23
Posts: 4,357
That's really cool I'm a sucker for oddly shaped fenders I don't know why I always love it when fender does something different.
__________________
When I was a child, everybody smiled... Nobody knows me at all. Every day at night and in the morning light... nobody knows me at all.
juanjosebh is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 6th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
Way Awesomer
 
carver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: A van down by the river
Age: 30
Posts: 8,436
ive messed around on a few of these pawn shop guitars, they are built really nice, after an electronics change to make it more my style i would be very happy with one thats for sure. 600 bucks.. not bad. if they were 450 they would be flying off the shelves
__________________
With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all of his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he'll never know.
carver is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 6th, 2012, 08:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
Yogi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Age: 27
Posts: 3,878
Quote:
Originally Posted by juanjosebh View Post
I tought these were Chinese? Like the modern players since Japan isn't selling guitars in America anymore.
The first series of Pawn Shop guitars were made in Japan, the newer Pawn Shop models are MIM. Some Japanese Fenders are made for the American Market, however the majority are Japan only
__________________
1972 Fender Stratocaster
'99 Fender Custom Shop 65 NOS
1978 Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe
1962 Epiphone Sheraton 50th anniversary
Yogi is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 6th, 2012, 08:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
firebrand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Western Michigan
Posts: 1,069
The entire first wave of Pawn Shop series and Geddy Lee basses are all MiJ.

The 51 was originally a Squier model and quickly became a favored platform for modders. I had two myself.



Any Strat Pawn Shop '51 Owners here?-image-2321814072.jpg

The blonde had no mods.
The black was a complete makeover.
Gfs dual blade in neck pos, Duncan in bridge, new tuners, GFS bridge and pickguard, and a custom refinned headstock with water decals. The volume control was moved to pickup selector local and selector replaced with three way toggle.
firebrand is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 6th, 2012, 09:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
firebrand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Western Michigan
Posts: 1,069
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yogi

The first series of Pawn Shop guitars were made in Japan, the newer Pawn Shop models are MIM. Some Japanese Fenders are made for the American Market, however the majority are Japan only
You are correct. They seem to have placed less emphasis on the series name for newer models like the Jaguarillo.
firebrand is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 6th, 2012, 09:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
Strat-Talker
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: UK norfolk
Age: 67
Posts: 128
MIJ .I played one in a store for about an hour through various amps and its a fine guitar .Typical MIJ high quality.I bought a thinline MIJ tele from Ishibashi in the end but the 51 was a good guitar as indeed was its Squier forunner which I owned .I wish they would make a Pawnshop strat/tele ,strat body ,tele bridge and pickups etc .
musicalmartin is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 7th, 2012, 12:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
Strat-Talker
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Sonoran Desert - Arizona
Posts: 342
NGD for me... the Pawn Shop '51 I just bought from GC is a MIJ model and the quality is superb. I'd never know it from a MIA model, honestly. Sure plays great, that I know for sure. Now I'm eager to see what tones I can squeeze out of it that differ from my '76 Strat and 2012 Select Strat.
DHart is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 7th, 2012, 01:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
Strat-Talker
 
ZackiHendrix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Age: 20
Posts: 253
Interestingly enough, the body is NOT actually a strat body, it's modeled after the precision bass. Notice how the contours aren't quite as smooth as a strat's (hard to explain it kinda). The pickguard was based off of the early 51' "tele" P bass, like this:
ZackiHendrix is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 7th, 2012, 01:11 AM   #12 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Oshawa, Ontario
Age: 43
Posts: 741
Quote:
Originally Posted by DHart View Post
Played one at my local GC recently and I'm thinkin' I need to bag this one... it's a bit of an odd bird (Tele neck, Strat body, Texas Spl. neck pickup, Enforcer Humbucker bridge pup), it sounds and plays (and to my eyes, looks) awesome! Just wondering who else here may share the enthusiasm? The quality of the Japanese build is impressive. Labor Day 15% discount... brings it to like $680. This hobby is so addicting.

I own a 1952 RI Fender Telecaster, but man....this guitar looks real good the way it is and a lot cheaper than my RI. Love the shape of the pick-guard & the colour of the body....Nice axe bro!!

Last edited by RorySquier; September 7th, 2012 at 01:14 AM. Reason: spell
RorySquier is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 7th, 2012, 01:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
BHighkin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon
Age: 21
Posts: 3,834
I tried a modern player at GC a few weeks ago. I wasn't too impressed. It had poor tuning stability, and the frets ends were a bit sharp.
Maybe I just got a bad one. I guess yours was better.
BHighkin is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 7th, 2012, 01:37 AM   #14 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
juanjosebh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Veracruz Mexico
Age: 23
Posts: 4,357
Quote:
Originally Posted by BHighkin
I tried a modern player at GC a few weeks ago. I wasn't too impressed. It had poor tuning stability, and the frets ends were a bit sharp.
Maybe I just got a bad one. I guess yours was better.
The modern players are the MIC ones! Now I remember!
__________________
When I was a child, everybody smiled... Nobody knows me at all. Every day at night and in the morning light... nobody knows me at all.
juanjosebh is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 7th, 2012, 04:33 AM   #15 (permalink)
Senior Stratmaster
 
blackstrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Greece
Age: 39
Posts: 1,049
I have the old Squier version and it's a really great guitar, the design is functional and you get a lot of useful tones. My only gripe is the lack of a tone control but it's not that much of a problem anyway.
blackstrat is offline   Reply With Quote

Old September 7th, 2012, 08:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
Strat-Talker
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Sonoran Desert - Arizona
Posts: 342
Quote:
Originally Posted by BHighkin View Post
I tried a modern player at GC a few weeks ago. I wasn't too impressed. It had poor tuning stability, and the frets ends were a bit sharp.
Maybe I just got a bad one. I guess yours was better.
I have no idea what you mean when you say a "modern model", but I guess the model you're thinking of might have been a Chinese-made model? Just which one are you speaking about?

I found this Made-in-Japan Pawn Shop '51 at Guitar Center, Clackamas, OR. Perhaps near where your are?

Gotta say, this MIJ axe plays as fluidly and easily as almost any I've played and the quality is as good as any Fender I've seen or played. If my MIJ Pawn Shop '51 is any indication, the MIJ models are golden!
DHart is offline   Reply With Quote

Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My $80 Pawn Shop Strat :) ir0nhide Squier Strat Forum 33 July 22nd, 2011 10:11 PM
Pawn shop Strat Eddie N Stratocaster Discussion Forum 14 July 7th, 2011 11:06 PM
Crazy pawn shop owners! Scarecrow Sidewinders Bar & Grille 11 November 16th, 2010 10:10 AM
Pawn shop strat canman Stratocaster Discussion Forum 7 March 7th, 2008 07:27 AM
Pawn Shop Strat Roadhouse Stratocaster Discussion Forum 4 February 11th, 2008 10:17 AM

Untitled Document

Untitled Document

» Recent Strat-Talk Discussion
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2



 


Design by: vBulletin Skins Zone
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2


The words Fender®, Telecaster®, Stratocaster® and the associated headstock designs are registered trademarks of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
Strat-Talk.com is an independent, member supported forum and is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
© 2007 All rights reserved.

Strat-Talk.com is not responsible for the content posted by private individuals on this website. The views expressed herein are solely the opinions of the individuals that produced them and not necessarily the views of the owner of this website.