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Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Rosewood Fretboard Electric Guitar Sonic Blue Rosewood

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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... Read More

Overview

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, 9-1/2"-radius rosewood 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: rosewood
  • Position inlays: white 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) or white (509 Candy Apple Red, 572 Sonic Blue)
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 gauges)
  • Included accessories: truss rod adjustment wrench, saddle height adjustment wrench
Specifications
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Fretboard radius: 9-1/2" (241mm)
  • Frets: 22, medium-jumbo
  • Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
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4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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WOW!!!! Not One To Go Crazy..BUT...

....This thing is SWEEEEEET! I bought mine at the local GC and it is phenomenal. It is HONESTLY one of the sweetest sounding HH guitars you will find in this price...Read complete review

....This thing is SWEEEEEET! I bought mine at the local GC and it is phenomenal. It is HONESTLY one of the sweetest sounding HH guitars you will find in this price range. And the coil splitting sounds great!! Im usually not a fan of split buckers..but this thing actually works!! ANd the fit and finish is top notch..Smooth fret ends and all around great, solid, professional feel. GC had about seven of them when I got mine..I went back 3 days later, and there were only two of the Teles left. And two more on customer order. I really think these are going to be hot..and I am not a Fender dealer or anything like that..just a VERY HAPPY customer!

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Decent

I bought one of these shortly after they were released in 2010. After nearly two years, here are my thoughts: I still can't decide if I want to swap out the pick ups....Read complete review

I bought one of these shortly after they were released in 2010. After nearly two years, here are my thoughts: I still can't decide if I want to swap out the pick ups. Sometimes my ear thinks they sound great and sometimes my ear thinks they sound generic and lifeless. That's been true since I first played it in the store. They don't sound muddy, which is more than I ever asked of them. The wood used to make the neck is very soft so be careful if you're leaning it against something (this is why I gave it 3 stars). Frets were very nicely dressed and still are. No issues with the electronics or tremolo although I've since blocked it off. Hardware's decent. Good action. All in all a good buy.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versitile and beautiful guitar

By David Dickey

from Moore, OK

I tested a lot of guitars prior to buying this, none better in this price range. I wanted a guitar that played a wide range of music styles and the number of different tones you can get is impressive. The guitar looks and sounds great. I would have given it 5 stars, but off the shelf the frets had sharp edges, I had to take it back to get those filed off or it was going to tear chunks out of my hand. Factory setup was decent, but had a pro set up along with the fret work and it plays perfectly. It was well worth the extra money for the setup.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent

By dan johnson

from Hartford, CT

I bought one of these shortly after they were released in 2010. After nearly two years, here are my thoughts: I still can't decide if I want to swap out the pick ups. Sometimes my ear thinks they sound great and sometimes my ear thinks they sound generic and lifeless. That's been true since I first played it in the store. They don't sound muddy, which is more than I ever asked of them. The wood used to make the neck is very soft so be careful if you're leaning it against something (this is why I gave it 3 stars). Frets were very nicely dressed and still are. No issues with the electronics or tremolo although I've since blocked it off. Hardware's decent. Good action. All in all a good buy.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounding Guitar

By Jeffrey Freund

from Plymouth WI

In Nov. 2011 I began learning how to play the Guitar. We had An instrument we traded even up for a electric guitar. I soon found out that the Washburn Guitar I got was basically a cheap beginners guitar.The sound was not anything like my teachers guitars. I started looking into Fender Guitars and ended up choosing the Blacktop Strat. I tried it out at G.S. and couldnt believe the differance. The sound was great and played much easier.I Am happy with my guitar and can play along with some Hinder and Theory of a Deadman songs.I just need to learn how to get the right sound from my Mustang amp. If you dont get anything from this review. Just remember that even if your not sure about learning to play. BY A GOOD GUITAR TO START OUT.You will want to learn how to play with a better Guitar in hand.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow

By Jake

from Boston, massachusetts

This guitar is great for the price. Great looking. Great sound. Great quality. I would recommend changing the strings to elixir and this guitar sounds great with a fender mustang amp

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Versatile and Sounds AWESOME!

By Michael

from Bellingham, WA

I play blues/rock and this guitar is perfect. The humbuckers give a nice raunchy, dirty full sound(more like a les paul) and the single coil sounds are pretty much just like a normal SSS strat. I bought the guitar because I have a les paul and wanted something different playing but with a similar sound, but now i almost exclusively use the single coil modes! You can get a nice clean, SRV type sound to high gain rock with just the single coils. I use a Fender Blues JR. amp, and the combination is amazing. Epiphone Slash Les Paul, Fender Blacktop Strat, Fender Blues Jr. Amp, and a Fulltone Fulldrive 2 get a great sound! so many different sounds, so many different styles. Its an awesome guitar. buy it!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT COMPLIMENT TO AN AMERICAN

By Jacques Goddard

from Bakersfield, CA

I bought the blacktop strat in black along with a rosewood fretboard, to compliment my 1996 American standard strat (which I admire) and get more tonal versatility. This guitar has done that and 10X more. The overall sound of the humbuckers are very warm in the humbucking positions, and with the s1 switching can jump right into a pretty good single coil sound. Although a great guitar, I have made some minor changes to it. Other than these changes, this guitar is great and can be a very fun project to upgrade.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New Generation of Perfection

By Benny McGee

from San Diego, Ca

I traded in my Ibanez RG 5EX1, I had bought it 2 weeks prior so i got the full refund back. I had $400 credit and the Blacktop Strat was $450, but they traded me no extra charge (sweet). Anyhow, this car makes me happy every time I look at it. I am very happy I traded my 5EX1, the Floyd Rose was too much to deal with tuning wise, thought it would stay in tune for a while longer, it didn't make up for the amount of time and effort you have to put into retuning it. The split buckers are key, on other guitars they have proven to be unfavorable to me personally as I think is the general consensus, but this guitar pulls it off flawlessly, its a whole new playing field. My neighbor asked me how many different guitars I own, cuz I play many different styles of music n songs and the guitar sounds unique to each songs, she couldnt believe all those different sounds could come out of a single guitar, and my amp was on clean and no additional effects besides the 5 switch and volume and tone knobs were used. Very impressive, I became a much more proud owner at that moment. You cant beat this especially for the price. I'm not a fender fan boy either, my previous guitars were (in order) 1) B.C. Rich Warlock (Mick Thompson) 2)Ibanez RG 120 3)Epiphone Studio Electric Guitar 4)Ibanez 5EX1 (briefly) 5) and now my beautiful Blacktop Strat. So coming from someone who used to try and avoid Fenders in general, this guitar dramatically changed my opinion of them.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Blues/Rock Guitar!

By Michael

from Bellingham, WA

I got an all black one of these with the rosewood fretboard and it is amazing! i have read a lot of reviews that say the neck gets sticky but i really havent had any problems like that! to me the neck is amazing, it feels more like an american strat neck then a mexican strat neck! the coil split on the pickups is amazing, giving you warm, thinner single coil SRV style sounds, and hard, crunchy humbucker tones! all in one just by the flick of a switch. This guitar sounds amazing with a Fender Blues Junior III amp, which is what I have with it. the combination of those 2 is a blues players dream, they even have good classic rock tones too! its an amazing looking, playing and feeling guitar for the price. dont hesitate, get a blacktop strat! you will not be dissapointed

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender came through again with an amazing guitar that fits anyones budget

By David

from Cleveland, Ohio

Picked it up at guitarcenter.com (they are awesome) ordered it in sonic blue with maple neck because to me a fender guitar is best with maple necks. But thats just my opinion. I had the guitar shipped site to store to avoid my new guitar sitting outside in the cold weather. Got to GC in cleveland and had handed them my ID and signed for the pickup of my new guitar. The store manager came out of the back with my guitar and one of his employees and I opened it up to see it. WOW.....!!!!!!! That's BEAUTIFUL~~~!!!!! The finish is just amazing, The neck is perfect the guitar I thought was going to be some bad electronic "mexi" strat that I would have to upgrade and adjust and make it a custom guitar is now something that "i dont even have to touch" except play. Its that perfect... I thought that the pickups were going to be thin sounding garbage that you expect out of the mexi cheap strats. NNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!! They are amazing. Crunchy, clean, distorted, and sound perfect to my ears. They can touch any style of music making this a very versatile strat/guitar. I just wish that I could own one of ever of the blacktop series guitars now... But I'm more than happy with this guitar. The paint is really, really good the pickups are really, really, good. The neck is really, really good. This guitar is the best value for what you get guitar out on the market and this is coming from someone that bought the 2010 american special stratocaster and telecaster. And also owns a Jap tele RI and a gibson LP and other various premium guitars. This is my new everyday guitar. The one you leave on the stand next to your tube am and just smile whe you know she always home :)

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It speaks for itself.

By Jim

from Port Washington Wi.

I was actually looking for a something with HSS. Maybe a highway one or a american made strat with that pup configuration. I needed a versatile strat for my cover band. I had seen the blacktop on line and on the wall, but never played one. I walked into guitar center on black friday with the intention of buying myself an early christmas present. I saw the sonic blue with the rosewood and was immediately intrigued. My problem is I never feel, comfortable with a guitar sound until I get it home. I have a Marshall 2000 DSL 100 watt with the 1960 cab. Until I plug it in to that I am never convinced of anything. So in the shop I compared it to an American Strat with HSS. Obviously different animals. I went out of my comfort zone and took the blacktop. When I got it home my first hour was not good. My main ax is a powerhouse deluxe tweaked with vintage noiseless and it has the db boost. This is what I am used to. So the Blacktop was instantly not like that. When you split the neck pickup, it creates a tone of its own. Don't expect it to be exactly like the bridge position you are used to. So I was instantly concerned. Until I realized that this guitar expands my tonality to different areas. It is not a "typical strat" and once you are open to that it really becomes an exciting tonal trip. In the end the only thing tonally I would have asked for is more bite in the bridge humbucker. It has a nice "basic" classic rock sound. It is turning out to be a favorite blues feel too. Aside from the tonal implications the guitar is "5 star". Beautiful work especially in the neck. Very playable, great fret feel and the body is very comfortable. I am so glad I got the sonic blue, just like the tone the look stands out among my three other strats. If you want a unique strat, something a little different from the ordinary, get this guitar. However, if you are looking for the usual "strat sound" look around before making this move.

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