The new Pawn Shop Series guitars draw inspiration from the eccentric and sometimes wildly innovative Fender® creations of the mid-'60s and mid-'70s era that sometimes found their way to the outside world and into the more esoteric pages of Fender history. With this adventurous spirit in mind, Pawn Shop Series instruments emerge as all-new Fender guitars with a boldly creative alchemy of diverse Fender components. And while they are brand-new members of the Fender family crafted with thoroughly modern sound and quality, Pawn Shop Series instruments now take the stage with a remarkable new identity as "guitars that never were but should have been."
The Pawn Shop Mustang® Special has a modified offset Mustang body, '60s "C"-shaped 24" short-scale maple neck, and dual Fender Enforcer™ humbucking pickups with '70s-style covers and unique switching. Other features include a rosewood fingerboard with modern 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets, pickup toggle switch, three-way coil selector slide switch for each humbucking pickup (enabling 15 different tonal options), mint green pickguard, '70s-style hard-tail Stratocaster® bridge, vintage-style tuners and strap buttons, and deluxe gig bag.
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I bought the CAR one that was made in Japan. First of all, I will give the praise comments: The neck feels wonderful and the 24" scale fits my smaller hand perfectly. The fret work is meticulous. The nut spacing and slots were perfect. The finish was perfect. Fit and finish was superb. Now onto the faults: This thing hummed and had such static issues, an inferior 3 way toggle switch, lack of shielding, and actually had one of the mini switches wired wrong from the factory. So, I tore it apart and went to work. I used shielding paint and put 4 coats in all the cavities, and up onto the top of the routes about 1/8" or so, and checked it with a meter for continuity. I removed the bridge and sanded off the chrome on the bottom of the bridge where the bridge ground wire makes contact. I took it down to the brass. Then I used some copper stick on tape and soldered a 24 gauge wire to it and attached it to the body under where the bridge sits to add an extra ground there. I made sure the original ground was making contact and screwed the bridge back down. I added a body ground in the control cavity and soldered it to the volume pot. I replaced the crap jack with a Switchcraft, and the 3 way toggle with a Switchcraft. I sanded the back of the pickguard with 400 grit and then applied a sheet of copper (or you can use aluminum) shielding tape ( from a 12" X 12" sheet trimmed to size) to the back of the pickguard and trimmed close to the edge and near all the pickguard holes. I resoldered all the connections on the slide switches because they looked terrible, and fixed the one that was wired wrong. I then lowered the pickguard and checked all the areas with a meter to make sure everything was right and all the switches worked as they are supposed to. I buttoned things up and restrung it and was pleased with the results. The buzz & hum is gone, string ground actually works, no static even when rubbing your finger on the pickguard. Do all this to yours and you'll love it.
debraehart owns this item
I've been playing my Mustang Pawn Shop for over a year, but even my MIJ version required work. The playability and versatility was excellent but it required electrical modifications to make it enjoyable:
1) Shielding: The cavities and underside of the pick-guard needed shielding to reduce noise. I was a little surprised a guitar of this quality was not shielded. Even in the humbucker modes the noise was objectionable. The single coil modes were worse. I used the large self-adhesive shielding kit from stewmac. The cavity route is relatively complicated and it took a couple hours to carefully shield the cavity and the pick-guard and complete the soldering. All pickup selection modes are now very quiet. A couple hours of work made a huge difference. Conductive paint may be a more convenient alternative but I have no experience with the products available and the effectiveness.
2) The original pickup toggle switch was very poor both electrically and mechanically. I replace it with a Switchcraft equivalent that works perfectly.
On my guitar the slide switches, potentiometers and 1/4" jack worked properly so I didn't replace those parts. The force on the 1/4" jack is weak on my guitar but fine for my purposes. The Switchcraft jacks require more force and may be more appropriate for a gigging environment.
After spending a small amount of money and a few hours to upgrade the electrics, the guitar is now quite enjoyable ... small body, light weight and versatile. The 24" scale makes 5-fret chords easier!
MG_Pawn_Shop_CAR owns this item
I love mustangs, but this one is different from "mustangs". Bought a Mexican sunburst and it sounded great, and the color is nice too. The bridge is okay, but I really love this short scale guitar. Fit me well. The only thing that disturb me is the electronics, causes buzz and little buzz
Nabil Allsons owns this item
I bought the Lake Placid blue, I absolutly love the colour. It plays like a dream, the only thing is the switch is right in the way until you get used to it
seagrum owns this item
I have owned this item for about 6 months, and like it for all the reasons everybody likes it: sound, weight, balance and versatility. Here are some issues you should be aware of, although I still like the guitar enough to keep it. It is actually my main instrument. Static electricity builds up in the array of intricate wiring that operates all the switchs. This causing a lot of "snap, crackle,pop" sounds through the amp. This can be eliminated by using a clothes dryer sheet and rubbing it on the pickguard between the pickups and lower toggle switch. That cures the problem for hours, sometimes a couple of days. One day I found the string tree inside my case. The screw that holds it down is currently broken off in the headstock. Also one of the pickup mounting screws has disappeared and the volume pot makes a "swishing" sound. I have had the electronics cleaned, so that means the pot is bad. A lot of small problems for a cool guitar.
geezer60 owns this item
I bought this as an open box, demo model, in June of 2013. It was made in Mexico, in Candy Apple Red. Features that especially appealed to me were the hardtail, pickups/switching options, the size, shape, and weight of it. It fits like a glove and as soon as I gave it a try, I knew I would get it. I've looked it over carefully and can't find a single flaw with it. Haven't taken it apart or anything, but I don't see any need to. I like this one just exactly as it is. Tried out quite a few before running across this one. I will be keeping this one for the long run.
I ordered the Mustang and received it a couple of days ago. The packing was in excellent condition and when I opened the box the guitar looked great (I ordered Lake Placid Blue) no flaws in the paint, knobs and switches have a solid feel, the frets were smooth not sharp and the neck is awesome, very easy to play. I love the shape of the Mustang and it's lightweight body is easy on the neck and back. I was eager to plug it in and see how it sounded...this is where the problems arose... When I went to plug it in the guitar cord would not go into the jack all the way, we pulled the pickguard and metal segment which houses the pots and plug out and then the jack inserted fine. Maybe that had to do with the issues that the guitar had later, but probably not. It did not solve the big problem: the guitar has a ground issue and buzzes like crazy when you are not touching a exposed metal part of the guitar. I am pretty good with electronics and know that a constant ground needs to connect every part of the guitar's components, but I could not find out the broken link without breaking apart the connections and messing around with stuff, which I feel I should not have to do with something I just paid a bunch of money for. I am going to return it to the place I bought it. I am disapointed because last year I played the Japanese version when it came out and it was awesome. This recent purchase is the made in Mexico one and the quality of the electronics is bad.
unicoi owns this item
Easy reach, I have smaller fingers and this guitar really makes playing more fun! Great tone, I have paired this Mustang I amp, just played the Star Spangled Banner. I sound just like Hendrix! ;) Excellent build quality. This is so fun, now I want a Mustang Bass!
rsr72 owns this item
This is a very cool guitar. I almost bought this one , it is very light weight and comfortable but the only problem was that I would sometimes hit the switches above it with my hand but not a major problem for me.
This guitar is so easy to play, especially for small hands. It is great for bending and sliding.
CatsAreCute owns this item
At first I was drawn to this Guitar by its looks as I hadn't even considered buying a Mustang. I knew almost as soon as I started playing it that I would be taking it home, feels great, plays great and the build quality is excellent.
Kavan owns this item
I really can't say enough about the fit and finish of this guitar. It plays so smooth, the switching options are awesome and the looks are stunning. The made in Japan quality is extremely good. I really think these will be highly sought after instruments in the years to come.
mojocaster owns this item
|Model Name:||Pawn Shop Mustang® Special, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Neck Shape:||'60s "C"|
|Scale Length:||24" (610 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Bridge Pickup:||Enforcer™ "Wide Range" Humbucking with Downsized Wide Range Covers|
|Neck Pickup:||Enforcer™ "Wide Range" Humbucking with Downsized Wide Range Covers|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone; Pickup Toggle Switch; Coil Selector Switch for Each Humbucker|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Special Electronics:||Coil Selector Switch for Each Humbucker|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Pickguard:||3-Ply Mint Green|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Double Humbucker Configuration, Hardtail Bridge, Unique Pickup Switching with 15 Options, Short Scale, Offset Mustang Body Shape|
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