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Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar

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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 pickup
    Position 2. Two inside coils
    Position 3. Full neck & bridge pickups
    Position 4. Outer neck single coil
    Position 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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the money

By Tony

from Stillwater, OK

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

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal!

By Dave

from Chandler, AZ

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

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazingly Versatile

By Ron Smith

from Kelso, Wa

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

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Haydn Lohse

from Texas

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

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.

 
5.0

Little piece of Heaven!

By Rafael Rosa

from Sorocaba, SP, Brazil

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

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!!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best strat ever

By ALBA MERHEB

from mi

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

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

 
5.0

Great strat

By steve seegmiller

from hooper ut

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

I bought the candy apple strat,It's Beautiful strat. Sounds great. You won't be disappointed. stars

 
4.0

Great Fretboard, Hot Sound

By Daniel Kubala

from Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

 
5.0

Very Nice Stratocaster

By David Scheall

from Seattle, WA

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

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.

 
5.0

Bang for buck Stratocaster

By David Scheall

from Seattle, WA

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

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.

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