Pawn 101: Fender’s Pawn Shop series

Pawn shops don’t get a lot of respect — tell us about it! — but from time to time there are indications that some people appreciate what America’s pawn shops bring to the table.

Perhaps the most unusual nod comes from the Fender guitar company, which now has a “Pawn Shop Series” of new productions, described as  “guitars that never were but should have been,” and as homages to the more eccentric models the company introduced (in modest numbers) in the ’60s and ’70s.

Fender doesn’t come right out and say so, but apparently the company is acknowledging that sometimes the only place you really can get what you want is a pawn shop. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need — in the pawn shop.

Somebody said that in the ’60s, we recall.

That headstock isn’t a mistake. It’s the Fender Pawn Shop Super Sonic

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