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... Read More
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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Reviewed by 19 customers
Praise to FMIC and Ensenada for this Strat. I chose this model in a store over 60s anniversary, deluxe and american standard models. The delivered wiring combinations are hard to beat with coil splits in switch position 2 and 4 for neck/bridge, excellent for single coil tones. The full humbuckers in switch position 1,3 and 5 for neck, both, bridge provide all the PAF tones a person could ever need. A tone knob for each pickup dials in just the right amount of treble. I have the red body, maple neck with mint green pickguard and it is one of my most attractive guitars. The Red Green together gives a funky mojo all its own. Fit and finish for the guitar is excellent. The neck feels chunky and perfect. I modified mine the second I got it home upgrading the tuners to Fender Deluxe Chrome Locking machines number 100993658. Mine had solid shaft pots. I swapped out the top hat knobs with black knurled chrome domes(it looks so sexy now) and I added felt washers between the strap retainers and body(come on FMIC). The deliver strings were ball end and not bullets, so I installed Fender F3150R pure nickle strings. Switching to size 10 strings caused the bridge to be high so I had to readjust the tremolo springs claw to allow for the 10's from 9's. Switching to the bullet end strings provides more sustain while playing. There are many like it but this one is mine. Now for me I have the perfect Strat. If I could only change one thing about the way FMIC manufactures guitars it would be for them to use nitrocellulose lacquer and stop using urethane and poly finishes. Double kudos for designing the pickguard with single hole pickup mounts rather than the double holed Fender mounts. This allows a person to use any available aftermarket humbucker. Get one, play it loud and proud, make it your own, be a star.
I am very happy with my Blacktop HH maple neck Stratocaster in Candy Apple Red. I think the guitar is perfect from FMIC. The Mint Green pick guard looks very cool on the candy apple red giving the guitar a cool funky nature on the vine vibe. The maple neck feels chunky making sustain all day long. The only con is a urethane rather than nitrocellulose finish but by no means a show stopper. The stock electronics and wiring are what really sets this apart from other Stratocasters. With two 4 wire standard sized covered humbuckers, single hole pick guard mounts, a five way super switch provides coil split of the bridge humbucker in position 2 and selection of the inner coils of both humbuckers in position 4. Switch position 1, 3 and 5 provide normal N,N+B, and B humbucker selections. The stock pickups provide both single coil jangle and PAF humbuckers tones allowing you to use one guitar for everything but acoustic sounds. The guitar obtains its unique humbucker growl by wiring the coils in series on each pickup with no S1 switch to flip between parallel or series. Like my 97 Am Std this has the big swimming pool route under the pick guard. This provides room for use of any combination of pickups that will fit in a strat pick guard. I personally wish the route was a 1/8th to ? inch deeper or maybe as deep as the control cavity to make it easier to stuff wires or a circuit board. I did make a few modifications to make my guitar mine. I upgraded: Replaced tuning machines with Fender Deluxe Chrome Locking machines. Replaced string guide with Fender American Standard String Guide. Added Fender Black Felt Washers between the strap retainers and guitar body. Replaced plain blank ugly neck plate with sexy Fender '70s 'F' Style Neck Plate. Replaced skirted black amp knobs with black chrome knurled dome knobs. Replaced pickups with Seymour Duncan Jazz 2 neck and Pearly Gates Bridge. I used the same wring ideology wiring coils in series for each Seymour Duncan humbucker. The switch works exactly as a stock Blacktop HH Stratocaster. Very cool is the neck pickup is Alnico II Magnets and the bridge pickup has Alnico V magnets.
I've been playing for nearly 40 years...so that eliminates the "My mom bought me this last week" review. Hey, it looks great, that was the second reason why I bought it...the first was the fact that I love maple fretboards. The 5-way switch is sweet in the fact that once you know what tone you want, this thing can "twang-a-billy" like a Tele, or it can crush your skull with the humbuckers. I've only played it thru my Fender Pro and it really does sound great. The upper switch selections have a TON of bottom and the pickups have natural "bite". The ONE reason why I didn't go with 5 Stars is the fact that both MIM Strats that I have purchased have an issue with the saddle height allen screws. The chrome plating on both seem burred at the top, so it's always a little annoying when the side of your palm brushes against the bridge. I took a fine nail file to the last one that I bought and haven't done this one yet. Hey Fender....it's the details that you need to pay attention to...no matter where you make the guitar
I bought the candy apple strat,It's Beautiful strat. Sounds great. You won't be disappointed. stars
This guitar is amazing for the price. The Humbuckers make this guitar look totally different from what anybody has seen and I have had numerous compliments on how beautiful it is and how awesome it sounds. Bridge pick up is nice and bright sounding and the neck is nice and heavy for your hard rock/metal needs. This guitar even features coil splitting so you are getting two guitars in one. I have jumped up and down with this thing on stage, done powerslides, and even accidently dropped it a couple times. It's obvious this thing can take a beating. This guitar never ceases to amaze me.
the first electric i got but i think it might be the best candy apple red is so cool i love it it is the best guitar ill ever get
The range of tones available from this guitar is incredible. From big fat smooth jazz tones to near telecaster twang. It even covers the most commonly used range of strat tones. It even covers the dirty humbucker range used in a lot of classic rock. Not quite hot enough for modern day shredding metal, but not many non active pickups are. The tone controls actually make a difference in the sound of this guitar. On most guitars I find that the tone controls are only useable from wide open (10) to about 8. The tone controls on this guitar don't start breaking up and sounding muddy until below 5. I think this guitar excels at clean, clear tones without sounding too thin or becoming too muddy. The neck is the perfect shape for playing chords, yet still very smooth and fast for single note phrasing. Probably not optimal for speed metal, but plenty fast for everything else.
Seriously, always loved the Strat playability but never aprecciated the tone, but this guitar united both of the best: Humbuckers and Tremolo bridge. Starring looking fusion - added roller nutt and on-board tunning to it - and made a new classic here! Perfect balance, very good settings from factory and perfect finish. Strongly recommended!!
I have always been a Fender player and my main guitar is an American Fender Stratocaster Deluxe. I had been admiring this guitar and played a red one with maple neck at Guitar Center. It has amazing action with low setting strings and no buzz. So I bought it. The humbucker sound is great and has a nice smooth, fat sound with excellent sustain. The single pickup sound is okay to me. It just doesn't have that nice "bite" that my American Stratocaster does. I am enjoying playing it on certain songs with my band where a humbucker sound is better.
This is possibly one of the best guitars for the money. The humbuckers are great on distorted channel, good for clean riffs, and the five pickup options really opens up the possibilities. Bonus that you get the extra 22nd fret over an HSS Standard. And at this price?! WINNER!
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