Fender, a brand I've never really been interested in until recently (poss an age thing? ). Quite liking the whole pawn shop vibe but the price is a hurdle in my mind. I'm looking at the Fender 51 Pawn Shop Stratocaster, anyone have experience of this?

Kind of between this and the American Special Stratocaster - open to suggestions!
The 51 is not a Strat.

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the pawn shop will be yet to discover if its anygood! but the american speciel is a great guitar no need for american standard at all and if you didnt know get an american standard used?
I own the squier version of the '51 that was in production from 2004-2006. The squier model is one of the best guitars I've ever played. I've played other guitars that are "better", but at the end of the day, I just take my squier home every day. I would definately recommend it. Haven't played the fender model yet, but hope to soon.