Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar Black Maple

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The Blacktop Stratocaster HH is a no-nonsense dual-bucker Strat that'll blow your mind without breaking the bank. Vintage-style Fender Blacktop alnico humbucking pickups deliver the hot high-gain powe... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Blacktop Stratocaster HH is a no-nonsense dual-bucker Strat that'll blow your mind without breaking the bank. Vintage-style Fender Blacktop alnico humbucking pickups deliver the hot high-gain power of today's most aggressive sounds; other distinctive touches include skirted black amp knobs, and a vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge. Features include an alder body, maple neck, 9.5"-radius maple fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, gloss urethane finish, and nickel/chrome hardware.

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Features
  • Series: Blacktop
  • Body shape: Stratocaster
  • Colors: (506) Black, (509) Candy Apple Red, (572) Sonic Blue
  • Body material: alder
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck finish: gloss urethane
  • Fretboard: maple
  • Position inlays: black dots
  • String nut: synthetic bone
  • Bridge pickup: Hot Vintage alnico humbucking pickup with nickel cover
  • Neck pickup: Hot Vintage alnico humbucking pickup with nickel cover
  • Pickup switching: 5-Position blade:Position 1. Full bridge pickupPosition 2. Two inside coilsPosition 3. Full neck & bridge pickupsPosition 4. Outer neck single coilPosition 5. Full neck pickup
  • Controls: Volume, tone 1 (neck pickup), tone 2 (bridge)
  • Hardware: nickel/chrome
  • Tuning keys: standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Strap buttons: vintage style
  • Control knobs: skirted amp knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black (506 Black, 509 Candy Apple Red), or aged white (572 Sonic Blue)
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 gauges)
  • Included accessories: truss rod adjustment wrench, saddle height adjustment wrench
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241mm)
  • Frets: 22, medium jumbo
  • Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
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FenderBlacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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(148 of 150 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New twist on an old standby

By JT

from Chicago burbs

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

I have been wanting a dual humbucker solid body guitar that was as comfy as a Strat and this is it and more. The 5 way switch they give you on the Blacktop Strat gives you 3 true humbucker sounds that do not sound like a normal Strat, but the 2 and 4 positions in the 5 way switch sound like a single coil Strat. The neck humbucker sounds like a jazz guitar. The fit and finish is top notch, as was the fret work and set up. I am amazed that Fender can deliver so much guitar for this price point. A couple years ago Fender priced themselves out of the basement player market but this series shows they have listened to everyone and delivered great guitars at affordable prices again.

(48 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing value, limited run

By Picker

from Berkeley, CA

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

This "limited run" offers the best Strat value I've seen in ages. (Rivals are the "Lite Ash Strat" with amazing Seymour Duncan pickups, and the closeout-priced VG Strat, which is now gone.) Priced even lower than other Mexican-built Strats, it offers goodies previously found only on U.S.-built copies: * Neck has 22 frets, not 21. * Pickups are bright and articulate Alnico, not dark ceramic. * Pickups are tapped in positions 2 and 4, so you get real Strat "quack." * And they're 4-wire pickups! So you can install your own coil tap, to also access traditional Strat single-coil sounds in positions 1, 3, and 5. Sounded great and played well in my test drive. Only downside is that the neck is gloss-finished, not satin. If this is a Guitar Center-designed exclusive, I hope GC will specify satin for the next batch.

(34 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

New Blacktop Strat

By Michael

from Valley Glen, CA

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

This ain't your daddy's Stratocaster. I was interested as soon as I saw and read about it in a Fender e-mail. I've had mine for about 10 days. I love the way it sounds and with the 5 way switch, there is a single coil sound in the number 2 and 4 positions. I got the Sonic Blue. The black was a little to shiny with all the knobs and the big chrome humbuckers. The only thing I would change is the finish on the neck. My guitar has the maple neck and Fender has changed to a more shiny, high lacquer look on their necks. It's a nice feel on the fretboard, but the back starts to get sticky quickly. I was told that they are doing it on all their guitars now and have been for a few years. I have seen some American Standard Strats with the same finish. It would be nice if there was a option on the neck.

(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Strat

By Andrew

from salem, oregon

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for about 3 months now, and this is by far the best guitar that i've played for the price. It has a beefier sound than most strats due to the humbuckers, but you can also get the normal strat sound with the 5-way selector. the only real issue i've had with it is that the neck starts to get a little bit sticky while playing but other than that, I rarely want to put it down once i start playing.

(19 of 66 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

ehh

By Dr. Shredmaster

from philly, pennsylvania

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

i have been admiring this guitar for a while because of its looks. the other day i finaly got to play it, i was disapointed. it is like the melody maker of fender. the neck and fretboard do not have a good feel, the covered humbucker pickups are just as good for metal playing as an hss but on clean it doesnt compare to a standard strat which is why it is less money.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Update: How the pickup switching works

By Picker

from Berkeley, CA

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

Updating my earlier review after reading specs from Fender's Website. The stock pickup selector's 5 positions are: 1-neck humbucker; 2-neck pup's outer coil, tapped; 3-both humbuckers, parallel; 4-inner coils from both humbuckers, tapped, in parallel; 5-bridge humbucker. So, the only classic Strat sound you're really missing here is bridge (outer) single coil. Given the 4-wire humbuckers, you can readily add that by installing a mini-switch or push-pull. This is not a GC exclusive. But GC has them in stock. Bottom line: If I were buying a Strat today, I'd buy this model in a heartbeat. My one reservation is the gloss headstock, but sanding that down to satin is also a simple modification.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It is what I wanted except I got a rose wood fret board when I ordered a maple.

By Steve Kramer

from Catonsville Music

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

The guitar is beautiful. Has a clear sound. I play alot of Robin Trower and Gary Moore music. So far Moore is ok don't have all the pedals set up for Trower. The only thing that I was dissapointed in is that I got a black fret board when I was expecting a maple. So far not so good. Yet I recomend this guitar sounds awesome and clear in all 5 switch positions. Oh one more thing the finish on the neck is lagured and after a short time becomes very sticky and your hand does not move so freely. If I could change other than the fret board is have a non finished neck. I have only owned about 5 hours.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Extremely Smooth Guitar

By Wolfie

from KC MO

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

This Guitar is smooth. The neck near the bridge felt a little slow. So I used some triple zero steel wool and some lemon oil and wow. Other than that it sets proud next to the Strat of 70"s lore on the stage. Right at home for a classic rock band.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding Strat

By Scott Cason

from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for a little over a month. It was set up nice, but I had to change the strings to .10 gauge, so a little adjustment was needed. Make no mistake this is a humbucker guitar. And in my opinion it sounds great. I have no desire to change the pickups. The neck pickup is jazzy and sweet, and the bridge pickup really lifted me off my seat especially on distortion. High output but the perfect combination of tone for me. The single coils are nice for funk type of riffs or country chicken picking but since they are split, output is reduced quite a bit. I play mostly classic rock and blues and this guitar fits me well. If you are a strat purist and prefer single coils this won't be your guitar. But if you love the strat feel(I purchased the sonic blue with maple fretboard) but want some humbucker spank with a two single coil options you'll love this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strat I've ever own. Superior to Americans

By ThePerformer

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Not American, if that can be a con...

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

This is simply put, the best guitar I've ever owned, and I can honestly compare it to a Custom Shop Strat that I have. The position blase is awesome and I can get all the sounds that I need - clean, vintage, jazz... This baby can do it all.
If you're worried because this baby was made in Mex, don't. it was just ASSEMBLED there, and I couldn't care less if it's lacking the "made it USA" writing.
Best electric in my arsenal.

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