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 rosewood fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, gloss urethane finish, and nickel/chrome hardware.
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I've always loved humbuckers in the bridge. The last guitar I really loved was a Fender HM Series STRAT with five way selector and humbucker split switch.I was tired of looking for one (they went the way of the Dodo bird along with their main endorsement for the guitar) and saw a band with a guitarist ripping on a Tele and figured "Why not?". The necks are dimesionaly similar, and the Strat style cutaway gave me a similar feel. The Alnico "hot rod" pickups give it a little Les Paul, and the position switch allows me a strat "twang" if I want it. I had a time getting over the whole Mexican made thing, but I'd rather pay 1/2-1/3 less and have a Mexican build it 70 miles away from my home in San Diego than a Mexican building it 250 miles away in America as I belive (by now) they are running neck and neck.I can pull Keith Richards sounds out of it, or dirty it up in the bridge only setting. The reverse controls on it are also the way I like them set up. I was loving the Black Out model, so I switched out the plastic knobs with some chrome ones, and acheived the same look while retaining the great pick-ups.Looks good, feels good and sounds good. That's all I ask for, and that's what I got!
Simply put...this guitar is amazing! I'm an intermediate player and I've played a lot of different guitars. So far this is the most comfortable one I've ever played. The neck is smooth and very pleasing to the finger tips. The tone is incredible! I bought a Lake Placid Blue HSS Mexi Strat a few months ago that I absolutely love. Shortly after buying that guitar a friend of mine let me take his black on black HH Tele home after a jam sesh. Within two minutes of playing it I knew I had to have one. Like I said I love my Strat but I think I love this one just a tad more. I've had my friend's guitar for two months now. Nice guy that he is he said I could hold onto it until I get one. Thanks to some family and friends who hooked me up with some GC gift cards for Christmas, I was able to order the Candy Apple Red one tonight. So stoked!! If you want a guitar that's playability and tone FAR exceed the price you're paying...this is the one!!
I've had this guitar for a few weeks now and I love it. The bridge pickup has such a nice punchy tone which is exactly what you'd expect for a humbucker in a tele. It makes your cleans sound really sharp and edgy, which is perfect for the style of rock my band plays. The only reason I didn't give the guitar a 5/5 is because outside of the great high gain rock sound you get, you don't get much else. It's tough to get a really true clean sound out of the bridge pickup and if your looking for some nice blues tones from the neck pickup, keep looking. The neck pickup is probably one of the most muddy sounding pickups I've ever played. But like I said, if you're looking for a guitar to get great crunch and distortion sounds, this one is a steal for the price. If your into anything country/jazz/blues, etc. I don't think this guitar is for you. As far as quality goes, it is pretty good for a Mexican-made but you can tell it's not an American and not a Japanese if you're looking hard enough. As far as reliability, I've only had it a few weeks but I've played multiple gigs with it and it's been great. I got the candy apple red version and I swapped out the black pickguard with a pearl one and it really gets a 5/5 for looks. The most underrated feature is the reverse control panel. The pickup switcher is closer to the end of the guitar rather than right next to the bridge. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally switched pickups during a show because of a poorly placed switch. This is a nice feature.
What's great about it: It's solid, it can rock, and it has humbuckers! What's not so great: The tone pod and the (maple) neck finish. The review: It's like a les paul, but fender... right? Well... sorta. This feels more like a half-breed. The guitar seems very solid. It feels to be slightly heavier than other teles, which makes it seem more stable to me. The pickups are nice, but muddy (which you can decide if you like or not). The neck pickup can get real bluesy and smooth, which is great! The Bridge pickup seems to struggle slightly with getting the bright high notes and squeals, but that doesn't make it a bad sound at all. The tone knob doesn't seem to respond until it's turned to about "3", which makes it seem to be a switch more than a knob. Another area that you can decide if you like or not, is the maple neck. It came with what feels like a gallon of clear coat on it. It was kind of sticky at first, but eventually loosened up. Also the clear coat nearly overlapped the nut at the top of the neck, which MIGHT make replacing the nut a little tricky. All in all for $450 bucks, this this is an amazing deal. If you ever want to get the real high end gain out of it, replace the bridge pickup with something hotter and you'll be set!
This guitar is great. I love the feel and playibility of a tele but couldnt get the sound i wanted with single coils. This one is different. The dual humbuckers give this axe a helluva punch. I went into my local guitar center and this thing blew me away. I plugged it into a Mesa Boogie Dual Rec and it squealed more than my Schecter with EMGs. If you want a great Fender tele with a bite but dont wanna break the bank, I would definitly recommend this one!
i got this guitar right after it came out. like a week after it was in stores. I like the guitar a lot, but it has its flaws. The pickups are really too muddy for my taste. I'm playing out of a Marshall JCM 2000. I have messed around with the tone on my amp and cant seem to get away from the mud. I like that it sounds more like a gibson les paul but it needs something. I will be switching out both pickups most likely will install real Gibson Les Paul pickups. the question is which ones? I have a fender 72 thinline with a seymoure duncan 59. and it sounds great. I don't think ill put a 59 in the blacktop. but something with better satain and maybe more bite. i feel like the blacktop has good low end but its hard to hear any difference when rolling back your volume knob. i actually have my bass knob at like 2 or 3. other then the pickups it plays great and feels great. but im sure some of the wiring or pots aren't the best. but i cant live with that.... for know.
I bought this guitar to take to shows in high crime areas where risking my Gibson�ۡ���s and USA fender�ۡ���s was not an option I liked. Keep in mind I am a guitar snob and was looking for any reason to ship this back. After playing the guitar for 6 hrs. today, here are my findings. The good: 1. The fit and finish of the guitar is outstanding. The neck pocket is tight and the wood craftsmanship is on par with the Fender Japan and USA guitars. Even the setup out of the box was almost perfect, 2. The frets work was very clean and no sharp edges were found (a complaint of Mexican Fenders in the past). The nut was neatly fitted to the neck with no rough edges. 3. The neck is a chunkier neck than on a Strat, but not as chunky as a 50�ۡ���s Gibson Style. Its comparable to an American Standard tele neck in both feel and finish. Call it an in between of a Strat neck and a 50�ۡ���s LP neck. The neck has an almost vintage tint to the maple, not show on the web sight but clearly on the guitar, which makes it look so good. 4. The pickups sound good and warm, interestingly keeping a fatter Fenderish tone when clean, yet nearing the realm of an SG when the overdrive kicks in. The bridge pickup has a hit of traditional telecaster twang mixed with a Les Paul when clean. When over driven the Bridge has a very 90�ۡ���s alternative rock type sound. Thick and crunchy, yet clear. Middle position both pickups delivers a very clean and sparkle like tone great for the pretty parts of any song. The tone is warm, round and has just the right amount of shimmer to it. The neck pickup has a nice blues tone to it, and I found it very useful if your trying to get an almost acoustic song out of it with the tone knob at about 4. Further exploration with �ۡ��̏ Woman Tone E.C.) and G&R Nov. Rain tone was also very pleasing and surprisingly G&R like. However I did find this pickup muddy enough that I will seek a replacement one day. The not so good, let say adequate. There is nothing bad about this guitar. However I found it lacking in the follow areas: 1. The bridge is fairly cheap, with high tolerances and middle of the road quality. No rattle or buzzes to report. The finish of the chrome is on par with other sub $$$ guitars. 2. Neck Pickup is muddy, especially on the bassier strings. 3. The 3 way switch is not bad, but feels cheap, looks cheap and will be swapped out ASAP before it fails. This is common on all sub guitars. 4. The factory 9 gauge strings kill the tone of this guitar, but Fender likely knows that younger and newer guitarist will be looking at this guitar and softer strings are easier on them. A $5 pack of 10�ۡ���s or 11�ۡ���s really make this guitar shine!. Bottom line: From Tele Twang to Heavy Rock, if you do your part it will do its part. This guitar is an excellent value and rest assured that after it introductory phase, the price will go up 15%-25% or more. This guitar surprised me and my band mate, who all play fine quality instruments, Is it a USA Tele, No. Is It a Les Paul No. But it can hold its own with them any day of the week. This guitar is good enough to tour the world with or for your student at home. At the very least, this guitar will make any player happy for a very long time. Recommend 100%
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