Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard)  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • Series: Blacktop
  • Body shape: Telecaster
  • 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: 3-way blade switch
  • Controls: master volume, master tone
  • Hardware: nickel/chrome
  • Tuning keys: standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Bridge: strings-through-body hardtail bridge with 6 cast saddles
  • Strap buttons: vintage style
  • Control knobs: skirted amp knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 gauges)
  • Included accessories: truss rod adjustment wrench, saddle height adjustment wrench
Specifications
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
    Nut width: 1.65" (42)
    Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
    Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241)
    Frets: 22, medium jumbo
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FenderBlacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard)
 
4.4

(based on 37 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow!

I bought this guitar to take to shows in high crime areas where risking my Gibson�ۡ���s and USA...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Where's the Treble?

I tried one out in a store, and this is not something I'd buy. First of all, if you're looking for a Tele sound, you won't find it here. The bridge pickup...Read complete review

I tried one out in a store, and this is not something I'd buy. First of all, if you're looking for a Tele sound, you won't find it here. The bridge pickup has NO bite or twang. Less in fact than other humbucker equipped guitars. The neck pickup provides a nice warm tone that jazz players would probably like but the bridge pickup provides almost no treble to augment that. Just to be clear the pickups on this guitar are NOT the pickups used on the Telecaster Thinline (which are great). The action was a bit high for my tastes but the neck seemed decent. Overall, I find this guitar too limited unless the bridge pickup is replaced. If you want humbuckers on Tele, buy a Thinline. That guitar was a home run. This isn't even a base hit. I don't know what Fender was thinking with this one.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW, WHAT A SLEEPER AND A KEEPER

By Glenn in Chillicothe, MO

from Chillicothe, MO.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Early Country Early Pop
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

NEEDED A SETUP OUT OF THE BOX BUT ONCE IT WAS SETUP, IT HAS HELD EVERYTHING. VERY STABLE GUITAR AND IT FEELS LIKE IT, NO WHIMP HERE. CAN PLAY WITH THE BEST OF THEM AND A SHARP LOOKER, TOO ! THE NECK, FRETS, BLACK FINISH, HARDWARE, ETC, IS PERFECT. THE ALNICO V PICKUPS AREN'T TOO BAD, SOUND GOOD AND QUITE ARTICULATE. NOT BAD FENDER, YOUR MIM GUITARS ARE GREAT !! YOU CAME UP WITH A WINNER HERE IN MY BOOKS, PLAN ON GETTING A BLACKTOP STRAT W/5 WAY SWITCHING SOME DAY SOON. LOVE THE BLACK FINISH WHICH IS SPOTLESS AND WELL DONE WITH THE CHROME HARDWARE, VERY NICE INDEED. A REAL PLEASURE TO PLAY AND SHOW OFF PLUS IT HAS NICE TONE FOR BALLADS AND COUNTRY. AS YOU CAN TELL, I'M REALLY HAPPY WITH MINE EVEN THO I'VE OWNED IT FOR A FEW SHORT MONTHS. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MODEL AND STRAT W/5 WAY SWITCH, NICE ARSENAL.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Prom Date Tele

By Jazzguitman

from Tampa Bay area

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cool look
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Ol' Tele Action
  • Good Ol' Tele Twang
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Country Gigs
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Retro '50s Gigs
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

    I've owned just about every Fender model except a Tele. Never liked the looks, mainly. But, when I found this smart silver and black one on Musicians Friend, I suddenly saw the Tele profile in a new light (pun intended). This ugly little road warrior ax had developed class !

    And I'm so glad now that I adopted one. This one arrived in excellent condition, all it needed was, of course, a quick tuning. The finish and overall craftsmanship were pristine. The controls ran a full range of the reedy Tele pallet. Good weight balance between the neck and the body, well-honed fret bars and a flat neck back all make for comfort and speed.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    LOVE it, but...

    By xkenneyx

    from California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

      What you see is what you get. An awesome Fender Tele feel, but with the roundness and high output of the humbuckers. With one tone knob (which is surprisingly versatile) and one volume this guitar is really a less-talk-more-rock deal. This will definitely be my workhorse for a while.

      Really the negative (and it's a big negative) is the amount of work that goes into the guitar to get it up and running. Completely out of whack intonation, nothing a quick setup couldn't fix though, but the bigger issue is the pots and input. They are complete garbage as you will see reading other's reviews. When I got the guitar right out of the box the bridge pickup simply did not work, completely dead. I took it to a Fender authorized repairman and had it fixed. Took it home and the bridge pickup was REALLY quiet, a few days later was completely out. Had to take it back to get fixed again. Ended up just getting new pots and an input altogether. Clear sailing since then.

      Solid buy, great variety of tones, you can't really go wrong as long as you put the extra effort into it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Guitar for the Price!!!

      By aschrove

      from Sault Ste. Marie, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Hot Pickups

      Cons

      • Paint

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Rock Music

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

      Great guitar for the price. When I got the guitar, it had a few paint bubbles. I liked the guitar enough I got over it and fixed the paint. Not a Tele sound at all. I play this guitar with a JCM900 and it sounds amazing.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprise Surprise Surprise

      By pimpdrummer02

      from Arkansas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good quality
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

        Great guitar. I was stuck on owning a gretsch. But I picked this guitar up in Guitar Center and it felt like home. The neck pickup is a little muddy but you'd expect that from a humbucker. The two pickups together sound great and thick. The bridge has a great bite to it. I really can play some solid rock on this as well as jazz. Really a well built guitar. I put 10's on it and it really livened it up. Definitely worth the money.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One Of The Best For The Price

        By Dr. Mud

        from Coatesville, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

          I really love this guitar. It is very well priced. I love playing this guitar. Its just great.

          (5 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Horrible Tone, nothing like a Tele.

          By JonClapton

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Horrible Setup
          • Plays Bad
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Sounds Bad Not A Tele

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

          I really hate this guitar, I bought thinking it would sound good like Tele or at least like a good humbucker guitar but it sounds like neither and the tone is just flat and horrible. Don't buy it, get an Epiphone for cheaper and its better. Its an abomination of a guitar. I own 13 guitars and I have played twice as many before and this is not worth the price.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid fun and tone.

          By Erik Moore

          from La Mesa, CA

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

          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!

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very pleased!

          By ThatGuyThatScrewsAroundAllDay

          from Charleston, SC

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

          Mine is built well. Feels solid, sturdy. Got the fat baseball bat neck, the awesome clear tone. Highly recommended. Although, don't feel shy about putting new pickups in it. I am contimplating throwing a Duncan JB in it myself, although it already does hit that Adam Jonesy tone fairly close as it is.
          Fat neck. Higher than average output pickups. 22 frets (although that 22nd fret is hard to reach, but its okay for me because I'm almost exclusively a rhythm player). thats really about it. THe neck is very solid and the alder body does have some weight on it. If your looking for a light guitar, you might wanna check something out. However it has a very, VERY clear, crunch and bottomy tone when put through distortion, hell even clean its very clear and has a good amount of low end in it. Overall a very simple guitar.
          No issues so far. Although I have heard stories about Fenders customer support, I doubt I'll have to call them though.
          In laymen's terms: AWESOME! I'm a humble rhythm player (that writes all the music. TAKE THAT LEAD GUITAR PLAYERS!) and this guitar suits my needs perfectly! Starting out as a bassist, I'm used to fatter larger necks and more string spacing and this certainly delivers! Its a rockers dream, and you could definately use this thing for some types of metal, but not SUPER distorted death metal or deathcore. You could definately use it for anything from jazz, rock, hard rock and even black metal. However for thrash metal, death metal, and the like, you COULD use this guitar...just change out the pickups.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fender blacktop telecaster

          By Dirk Diggler

          from Up North

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Rosewood Fingerboard):

          It is what it is folks. A tele with humbuckers. It was the 22 frets and contoured body that sold me on this guitar. If you plan to play a bit more rock with a tele this may be a better option than the standard telecasters with single coils.
          Guitar has humbuckers, volume, tone, and 3 way pickup selector. Pretty much standard for any telecaster. It does have 22 frets which I do like and the contoured body fits very comfortable agains your body while playing. Would have been a nice touch to have coil taps on those humbuckers to get that single coil tele sound.
          Overall, the quality is decent other than a few minor concerns. The body had a scuff on it and what looked like guitar polish dried up around the neck joint. The neck was way out of adjustment when I received it but straightend up nice with a truss rod adjustment. The rosewood neck was dry as you can get. I had to treat it with oil 3 times before it stopped sucking it in. But even with a few little issues, they were easily made right and the guitar plays great and sounds fantastic.
          The guitar is a fair value for $499. Seems like yesterday I bought a new tele at guitar center for $349 and the quality is no better today. Still, hard to get much better for the money.

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