The Blacktop Telecaster HH is a no-nonsense dual-bucker Tele that'll blow your mind without breaking the bank. Vintage-style Fender Blacktop alnico humbucking pickups deliver the hot high-gain power o... Read More
The Blacktop Telecaster HH is a no-nonsense dual-bucker Tele 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, reversed control plate and a vintage-style hard-tail bridge with six grooved saddles for optimum string alignment. 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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This guitar is truly amazing for such a low price. It's perfect for punk rock/alternative rock. It sounds amazing clean and with distortion. It's also really easy to play. I recommend this guitar to any rock guitarist or beginner guitarist who doesn't have a ton of money. :D
I have been eyeing up the Candy Apple Red with a maple fretboard online for a while now, since I've wanted a Telecaster. I went to my store and played the black guitar with a rosewood fretboard. After trying out a few other guitars, I kept going back to the Telecaster, and I ordered the Candy Apple Red with maple fretboard. Pictures do not do this guitar justice. It looks so awesome in person. There was nothing wrong with the finish, the neck is nice and smooth, and also fits my hands comfortably. No problems with the frets or any kind of warping. I will need to take some time to set up the guitar, since the string tree was screwed down to the headstock completely, but I don't look at this as a con at all. I love how the controls are reversed and like the classic look to them. The skirted tone and volume knobs really give it a distinct look. The pick-ups in this thing allow me to get all of the tones that I have been looking for. To me, this is one of the most versatile guitars I've ever played. I am very happy with my purchase!
This guitar is great, extremely versatile. Stock pickups are HOT!! I thought I was gonna wanna change out the bridge pickup but I don't think I will anytime soon. Action was nice and low right out of the box, intonation was great as well. This guitar can sustain a note for a year! The bad is that like other reviews, the tone knob really doesn't do anything. But personally that doesn't matter for me because I just leave it open anyway. The neck pickup by itself is a little on the muffled side as well. If you use the two pickups at the same time, the sound it almost like a single coil stratocaster neck in my opinion. Very moddable guitar, but it's not even necessary. I got it in black with a maple neck. The neck is nice classic chunky telecaster neck.
This Guitar sounds great. It covers a wide range of tones from crunchy medal to jazzy cleans. The neck pick-up is great for those clean rhythm parts and the bridge pick-up can get pretty nasty (in a good way). I love the look of the guitar, I got the C.A.R. and the fit and finish is great. The only thing I would like is having a coil-split. That would make it perfect. I would recommend this guitar.
I've been a Gibson guy all my life. I love the playability the tone everything, but something about the telecaster's look and feel always attracted me, the only thing that didn't was their tone. The Fender single coil sound wasn't for me. I knew fender made the '72 tele with humbuckers but I wasn't a fan of the Strat headstock on it. Then one day I saw this guitar... After playing it for an hour or so I found the Fender that I had been looking for - tele headstock, dual humbuckers, and great quality construction. Since Fender has revamped their Ensenada factory their MIM guitars are becoming less and less a stigma and more and more a very viable and cheaper alternative to their American brothers and the blacktop series is proof positive of that. Although the "Hot-Vintage" pick-ups are decent and usuable I replaced them with Burstbucker Pros and also replaced the tuners with the grover mini-rotomatics. But with the $300+ you save on this guitar vs the say... '72 Deluxe, you can totally afford to do make the extra upgrades..
My main guitar is a solid reliable American Standard Telecaster. For years with the work of a full petal board and a Gena Benz amp I could most musical situations. As our band changed pieces we require a fatter more aggressive sound. The like the Les Paul sound but I am not completely comfortable with the way a Les Paul sounds. Plus my budget was geared toward a nice Epiphone at best. I played this the second day in arrived at Guitar Center and was sold. The fit and finish is comparable to my American Standard. The neck is excellent. Fender has improve in tolerances across the line. More importantly it brings a fat sound that single coil humbuckers can't offer. Don't expect the Gibson Humbucking sound. The cleans are closer to p90 soapbar pickup sounding. Interesting enough the pickup get much dirtier that the standard Humbucker. This guitar can get nasty. It stays in tune well as most teles do. While I did not purchase this guitar because of it's looks. the Black control are a different take. My one disappointment is that the tone control is not responsive. With the extreme dirtiness of the pickups in overdrive you need more control to adjust feedback. The weak tome operation forces me to use the amp for tweaking. Still I recommend this as a solid twist on a classic.
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