The Fender Blacktop series presents a truly unique new model in the deeply resounding form of the Blacktop Telecaster Baritone guitar. A true baritone Telecaster, it creates a rich sound of distinctiv... Read More
The Fender Blacktop series presents a truly unique new model in the deeply resounding form of the Blacktop Telecaster Baritone guitar. A true baritone Telecaster, it creates a rich sound of distinctive depth and character with a 27” scale, lowdown B-to-B tuning, and a tonally versatile triple-pickup configuration-including a full-throated humbucking bridge pickup-that covers the entire sonic spectrum from tic-tac twang to full-on kerrang!
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This is my first baritone guitar. It looks, feels, and, most importantly, sounds great. It's a great buy for the price.
It does what it says it does - offers a longer scale and drops the tuning 2 1/2 steps. It's nice looking and its weight is evenly distributed. But it has an overall feel of rushed design & production. The pickups have low inductance and their tone is barely acceptable, a seasoned player will want to replace them right off. The tuning pegs are absolutely wrong for the note range and the thicker strings, they are impossible to fine-tune -- those HAVE to go. The neck is playable, as with most Mexi Fenders. The finish is about what I've come to expect from MIMs, which is decent. Overall I'd say this is a cheap Fender that can be twinked, but it will cost you about $300 additional to get it to where it should be to begin with.
I own a made in mexico tele and a bass. They are fab! The Baritone is not of the same quality. I had to return it a few times due to intonation issues on the lower strings. I also tried them in a store (but not GC) and they also had problems so it wasn't just GC mailorder. If you order one check out the intonation and bring it to your local guitar tech for a good going over. You don't want to have a lemon. I'm sure some are good but there seems to been a run with problems. Beware.
Like many guitarists, I love looking for new and different tones - this baby certainly delivers. Nice pickup arrangement and voicing which growls Tele but with a twist through the use of long scale and associated heavier strings. 5 way switching and HSS pickup set (humbucker at the bridge) yields versatile and rich sonic options. I knock off a point for setup and intonation as delivered - purchased as mail order due to lack of availability at my local GS. The fit and appearance is great, especially at this price point, and the body contour is very much appreciated. Beautiful and durable finish; jury is still out on the tuners. Great sound out of a Mesa Blue Angel and 12 Celestion speakers, including Vintage 30. I hope to build a custom 15" cab and amp arrangement to really throw those lows. I took a lot of heat for this purchase ("You already have too many guitars!"), but ultimately it's a keeper given overall look, feel and most importantly sound. GS should keep at least one in store inventory - I think the guitar sells itself for those interested in the pursuit of majestic sounds.
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