Up for sale, a 2011 Fender Pawn Shop ‘72 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Fender’s short-lived Pawn Shop line, released in 2011, was produced in Japan and featured unique amalgamations of classic Fender components and designs. A notably rare first-run iteration of this Pawn Shop model, this guitar features a different Fender logo and tuner set than the majority of examples from this model's limited run.
The ‘72 model sports a semi-hollow alder Strat-style body paired with a maple Tele-style neck, loaded with a Wide Range humbucker in the neck position and an Enforcer humbucker at the bridge. Acoustically balanced and clear in its natural tonal response, the Enforcer humbucker is aggressive and hot, designed for high gain applications. The Wide Range humbucker has a broad, articulate sound with a distinctive percussive cut and treble sparkle. Forgoing a traditional pickup selector, the '72 has a Blend knob that offers a smooth gradient between the two distinctive-sounding humbuckers. Weighing 7lbs 12oz, this Pawn Shop ‘72 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut, sporting a modern 9 1/2“ radius with medium jumbo fretwire that has its full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The Tele-style headstock has a bullet truss rod nut, "spaghetti" script silver Fender logo beneath the finish, and Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and U-prefix serial are present above the three-bolt F-embossed neck plate. Both the neck heel and pocket retain their matching "PS-72" model stamps.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by a Master Volume control and center detent Blend knob. The chrome-plated hardware is all notably clean, including the flat-topped knobs, control plate, and six-saddle bridge.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish is limited to a small chip on the bass-side lower bout edge, a few dings on the back central to the upper bout, and just a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless and highlights subtle flame figuring in the maple.
A Fender-branded padded tweed gigbag is included.