Monday, 13 January 2014

Fender Custom Shop '72 prototype for Pawn Shop series
Fender have got some pretty cool guitars in their Pawn Shop series, including variants on the Jaguar, the Mustang, the Bass VI, and design hybrids such as the Offset, the '51 and the '72.

However this particular Fender, currently being auctioned on eBay, may on first glance resemble the Pawn Shop '72 Thinline (which seems to have been discontinued in favour of the similar looking solidbody Pawn Shop '70s Stratocaster Deluxe), but look again and you'll see that it has a number of differences in its design.

It's a Thinline with f-hole, slab top and binding. It has a Telecaster "Ash Tray" bridge loaded with a Seymour Duncan Lil' 59 single-coil sized humbucker, and a big fat Fender Fullrange humbucker in the neck position. It also has a Tele neck - in this instance it's a quarter sawn maple neck showing an attractive flame and is topped off by a rosewood fingerboard.

Created by the Fender Custom Shop, this is allegedly a prototype for the Pawn Shop series. The evidence for this is evidenced by the Fender Research & Development logo on the reverse of the headstock.

Currently listed on eBay with a starting big of $1,000. (Auction ends tonight).

G L Wilson

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  1. What a pretty guitar. Keif and Ronnie rolled up in one package. If the provenance is correct then a grand is a bargain.

  2. It sold for less than 1200. Someone got a deal.



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