The Fender Pawn Shop Series was designed to evoke the quirk of an old frankenstein guitar you’d find in the dusty corner of a store in some rundown town on say, Route 66 – an instrument thrown together from spare parts that is not quite right, but too unique to pass up.
I love Fender’s tagline “guitars that never were but should have been,” like they were pulled from a portal of yesteryear on some other dimensional plane.
This year, they’ve added a few more monsters to the maladjusted Pawn Shop family closet: the ’70s Strat Deluxe, featuring a Telecaster single-coil neck pickup and an Enforcer™ Wide Range humbucking bridge pickup, the reversed Jazzmaster-styled Super-Sonic, the racing-striped Mustang Bass, and a totally re-imagined version of the long-gone Bass VI, equipped with a combo of Special Design Hot Jaguar® single-coil neck and middle pickups and a deceptively soapbar-shaped humbucking JZHB pickup in the bridge position.
Check out these demos and gorgeous brochure:
70’s Stratocaster Deluxe
This ultra-stylish little tube queen is welcome in my bedroom, studio or perched atop my gig-rig anyday. I can’t wait to actually get my hands on one to try.
The Excelsior is decked out in an open-back vinyl covered cabinet housing a 15″ Eminence® Legend speaker, and comes in Surf Green (my favorite of course), Sonic Blue, Antique Blush (creamy beige), or good old Brown. It’s a 13 watter, featuring dual 12AX7 preamp tubes, dual 6V6 output tubes, and three separate inputs for guitar, microphone, or accordion (super popular with the kids these days). For sonic fun, there is a tremolo circuit with speed control, and a bright/dark tone switch for treble or bass oomph. You can also take advantage of the 1/4” internal speaker disconnect to run out to an external speaker.
To sum it up: YUM.
This 2 watt tabletop tube amp with a 4″ speaker, VU meter, and elegant gold stylings might just take the cake as far as this whole pawn shop design thing goes. It’s loaded with a 12AT7 output tube, 12AX7 preamp tube, 1/4″ in and 1/4″ line out jack (so you can use her as a preamp before another amplifier), another 1/4″ external speaker out jack, and finally an 1/8″ line-in if you feel like hearing your ipod through a vintage sounding mono tube amp!
Ah, if only I could afford to adopt the whole damn family!