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Fender Unveils Pawn Shop Bass VI and Mustang Bass Models

Fender has announced four new models in the company’s eccentric Pawn Shop series, one they describe as “guitars that never were but should have been.”

The new lineup includes two basses: The Pawn Shop Bass VI and the Pawn Shop Mustang Bass.

Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI

Originally produced from 1961 to 1975, the Fender Bass VI is a six-string bass guitar tuned E to E. The new model sports a 30˝ scale and is updated with Special Design Hot Jaguar single-coil neck and middle pickups with a JZHB humbucker in the bridge position.

Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI

Other features include a vintage-style adjustable six-saddle bridge with “floating” tremolo tailpiece, a “C”-shaped maple neck, and a 9.5˝-radius rosewood fingerboard. It comes in Three-color Sunburst, Black, and Candy Apple Red.

Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI Demo:

Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI Specs:

  • Neck Shape: “C” Shape
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5˝ (24.1 cm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.650˝ (42 mm)
  • Scale Length: 30˝ (76.2 cm)
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
  • Pickup Configuration: H/S/S
  • Bridge Pickup: JZHB Humbucking
  • Middle Pickup: Special Design Hot Jaguar
  • Neck Pickup: Special Design Hot Jaguar Single-Coil
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Adjustable 6-Saddle Bridge with “Floating” Tremolo Tailpiece
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Control Knobs:Jazz Bass Knobs

Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass

The Fender Pawn Shop Mustang reinvents the classic “competition” Mustang bass of the early ’70s with a racing stripe and familiar 30˝ scale.

Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass

New to the bass’s configuration is a single humbucking pickup in place of the original single-coil. It comes in Three-color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red with stripes, and Olympic White with stripes.

Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass Demo:

Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass Specs:

  • Neck Shape: “C” Shape
  • Number of Frets: 19
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5˝ (24.1 cm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.5˝ (38.1 mm)
  • Scale Length: 30˝ (76.2 cm)
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
  • Pickup: Fender-Designed Humbucking
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Bridge: Strings-Thru-Body with 4 Individually Adjustable Saddles
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear Tuners
  • Control Knobs: Jazz Bass Knobs

Both basses will be debuted at the NAMM show this month. The Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI and Mustang Bass will be each carry MSRPs of $1,079.

For more info, check out the Fender website.

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    James Abke

    James Abke

    Hey Ken,

    I took your advice. Literally. I currently own a Pawn Shop Bass VI and tried to mod it out to have the tonal variety of the original, but with no success. I had a the tone pot replaced with a push/pulI and a re-wire that allowed for two extra tones. Bridge/Neck and all three at once – the tonal difference is subtle and very nice actually, like a tele in the bridge/neck, but there are noise/clicking issues that have been hard to track down and fix. Still trying, actually.

    I decided to cut my losses and I will sell the PSB VI.

    So yesterday I found a MIJ 2013 Reissue! One of 93 made in the production run – sunburst. I found it after reading your post and paid $1,450.00 for the reissue – very excited.

    Once the mod on the PSB VI is finally tweaked, I’ll probably get the $850 it cost me out of it, if I am lucky. A bit of a loss of time and $$ but a small cost for such an education . . .

    As a side note, the Fender techs in AZ confirmed the 2013 reissue will structurally handle a heavier gauge of string. In my case an E to E set of 130’s. Considerably heavier than what ships on the Bass VI (.95’s). It will require a setup and perhaps a tweak to the tuners, but nothing major.

    Thanks for your thoughts on the topic, it was a call to action in the right direction for me.