FSR Blacktop Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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The FSR Blacktop Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar is equipped with vintage-style Fender Blacktop alnico humbucking pickups that deliver the hot high-gain power of today's most aggressive sounds. Other d... Read More

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The FSR Blacktop Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar is equipped with vintage-style Fender Blacktop alnico humbucking pickups that 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 6 grooved saddles for optimum string alignment. Features include an ash body, maple neck, 9.5"-radius rosewood fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, gloss urethane finish, and nickel/chrome hardware.

Features
  • Ash body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 9.5" radius
  • Blacktop alnico humbuckers
  • Master volume and tone controls with skirted black amp knobs
  • Reversed control plate (pickup selector behind control knobs)
  • Vintage-style hardtail bridge with 6 grooved saddles
  • Gloss urethane finish
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FenderFSR Blacktop Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

The pictures don't do it justice.

By Paul Hennessy

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Fender FSR Blacktop Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

My background: I'm a beginner guitarist. This isn't the first guitar I've owned, but I bought this guitar to give myself motivation to learn. I've been toying with the idea to learn guitar for over 5 years and I've owned and eventually sold about 7 guitars give or take. They were mostly cheap guitars. This is the first one in this price range that I've purchased. I bought it from my local guitar center after playing around with it. I don?t have a crazy stack or anything, just a basic 20 watt Orange practice amp. Features & Sound: The body of this guitar is ash. It?s not swamp ash, it?s not light enough to be swamp ash. Granted, it is still very light and easy to play for extended periods of time. The ash has a bright tone to it which sounds fantastic and overall the guitar plays really well because of it. It has strat-esque contour in the back, making it more ergonomic to play sitting down than your basic tele. The Maple Neck is smooth and it feels great. It's got a rosewood fingerboard and, well, it feels like a rosewood fingerboard. When I got mine is seemed kind of dry when I got it so I wiped it down with a soft cloth really good and then hit it with some furniture oil. It looks and plays spectacular now. The dots are your basic dots, no mother of pearl inlays or anything. This tele has dual humbuckers. I know this is sacrilegious to Fender purists, but if you want your basic single coil setup there's tons of options in any price range for you to choose from. The humbuckers themselves, at least to me, leave something to be desired. They are clean, classic humbuckers. If that's what you're into, you'll like them. To me they aren?t powerful and defining enough for my taste. I prefer my humbuckers to have some sort of a bite to them. However, I wasn't expecting them to have any bite. I will eventually swap them out for some hot pups. As far as the hardware goes, it?s crome. I?m glad that they are chrome and not gold. I don?t like it when they put gold hardware on orange guitars. That?s too many warm colors for my taste. The bridge is your basic string through hardtail bridge with saddles. The guitar comes with some basic Fender tuners on it, they aren't locking tuners and I've had to tune the guitar pretty much every time I pick it up. I would recommend swapping them out asap for some Fender Schallers. The reversed control plate takes a little to get used to. Your pickup selector is on the opposite side from where it normally is on Fenders. Aesthetically I like it a lot, and with a little getting used to it feels natural. Quality & Reliability: The quality of this guitar is above what I expected. It really is a big jump from the sub $300 guitars I've played around with. I'm really impressed. Everything is put together well. It came setup pretty well to. The action is low, the frets are all even, the neck is nice and straight, the finish is spectacular and really there are no defects to be found (other than one extremely minor problem). My only issue with the quality was that the sticker on the volume knob fell off, I think before it was packed in the box because I cannot find it anywhere in the packaging. It's not a big deal because a new knob is like 2-5 bucks on eBay and I was actually considering putting the metal knobs you find on most Teles as opposed to the skirted knobs anyway, so I'm not concerned. Look & Feel: The look of this guitar is FANTASTIC! These pictures just do not do the guitar justice. Honestly the look of this guitar is the major selling point for me. How many Fenders do you see in Sunset Orange trans? Not a whole lot. It's unique and really sets this guitar apart from the others in the blacktop series and many others in the price range. The finish is a deep (not bright like the pictures show) orange color to it and it makes the wood grain in the ash body really pop. It has a thick poly clear coat on it, to some this is a minus, to me I like it. I know that poly is going to keep this guitar looking new for years to come. I personally think this guitar would look (and play) better with a maple fretboard. The rosewood, I don't know, it doesn't work with the rest of the guitar. I don't dislike the rosewood, It looks fine, just out of place a little. One interesting thing to note, the pickguard in the picture looks like it's a basic cream tele pickguard. It isn't. It's a brass colored pickguard with a brushed metal finish. I can't believe they wouldn't try to show this off or at least list it in the description. In their picture the guitar looks like a creamsicle, but in reality, with this pickguard, and the much deeper orange finish, it looks sophisticated and unique. Final Thoughts: This guitar is an FSR (Fender Special Run.) This means Guitar Center themselves ordered this guitar specifically. You can?t buy this at other music shops. There is no information on Fenders website about the guitar, or anywhere on the web for that matter. If I didn't see and play this guitar in the store (and I?m pretty sure it?s not a guitar normally carried in the brick and mortar stores), I would not have bought it based on the pictures and the lacking description on this web page.

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5.0

A lot better than you think.

By Paul Hennessy

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Fender FSR Blacktop Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

My background: I'm a beginner guitarist. This isn't the first guitar I've owned, but I bought this guitar to give myself motivation to learn. I've been toying with the idea to learn guitar for over 5 years and I've owned and eventually sold about 7 guitars give or take. They were mostly cheap guitars. This is the first one over 300 bucks that I've purchased. I bought it from my local guitar center after playing around with it. I don?t have a crazy stack or anything, just a basic 20 watt Orange practice amp. Features & Sound: The body of this guitar is ash. It?s not swamp ash, it?s not light enough to be swamp ash. Granted, it is still very light and easy to play for extended periods of time. The ash has a bright tone to it which sounds fantastic and overall the guitar plays really well because of it. It has strat-esque contour in the back, making it more ergonomic to play sitting down than your basic tele. The Maple Neck is smooth and it feels great. It's got a rosewood fingerboard and, well, it feels like a rosewood fingerboard. When I got mine is seemed kind of dry when I got it so I wiped it down with a soft cloth really good and then hit it with some furniture oil. It looks and plays spectacular now. The dots are your basic dots, no mother of pearl inlays or anything. This tele has dual humbuckers. I know this is sacrilegious to Fender purists, but if you want your basic single coil setup there's tons of options in any price range for you to choose from. The humbuckers themselves, at least to me, leave something to be desired. They are clean, classic humbuckers. If that's what you're into, you'll like them. To me they aren?t powerful and defining enough for my taste. I prefer my humbuckers to have some sort of a bite to them. However, I wasn't expecting them to have any bite. I will eventually swap them out for some hot pups. As far as the hardware goes, it?s crome. I?m glad that they are chrome and not gold. I don?t like it when they put gold hardware on orange guitars. That?s too many warm colors for my taste. The bridge is your basic string through hardtail bridge with saddles. The guitar comes with some basic Fender tuners on it, they aren't locking tuners and I've had to tune the guitar pretty much every time I pick it up. I would recommend swapping them out asap for some Fender Schallers. The reversed control plate takes a little to get used to. Your pickup selector is on the opposite side from where it normally is on Fenders. Aesthetically I like it a lot, and with a little getting used to it feels natural. Quality & Reliability: The quality of this guitar is above what I expected. It really is a big jump from the sub $300 guitars I've played around with. I'm really impressed. Everything is put together well. It came setup pretty well to. The action is low, the frets are all even, the neck is nice and straight, the finish is spectacular and really there are no defects to be found (other than one extremely minor problem). My only issue with the quality was that the sticker on the volume knob fell off, I think before it was packed in the box because I cannot find it anywhere in the packaging. It's not a big deal because a new knob is like 2-5 bucks on eBay and I was actually considering putting the metal knobs you find on most Teles as opposed to the skirted knobs anyway, so I'm not concerned. Look & Feel: The look of this guitar is FANTASTIC! These pictures just do not do the guitar justice. Honestly the look of this guitar is the major selling point for me. How many Fenders do you see in Sunset Orange trans? Not a whole lot. It's unique and really sets this guitar apart from the others in the blacktop series and many others in the price range. The finish is a deep (not bright like the pictures show) orange color to it and it makes the wood grain in the ash body really pop. It has a thick poly clear coat on it, to some this is a minus, to me I like it. I know that poly is going to keep this guitar looking new for years to come. I personally think this guitar would look (and play) better with a maple fretboard. The rosewood, I don't know, it doesn't work with the rest of the guitar. I don't dislike the rosewood, It looks fine, just out of place a little. One interesting thing to note, the pickguard in the picture looks like it's a basic cream tele pickguard. It isn't. It's a brass colored pickguard with a brushed metal finish. I can't believe they wouldn't try to show this off or at least list it in the description. In their picture the guitar looks like a creamsicle, but in reality, with this pickguard, and the much deeper orange finish, it looks sophisticated and unique. Final Thoughts: This guitar is an FSR (Fender Special Run.) This means Guitar Center themselves ordered this guitar specifically. You can?t buy this at Sam Ash or your local music shop. There is no information on Fenders website about the guitar, or anywhere on the web for that matter, and there is only one video of a random Russian guy playing the guitar for 2 minutes on youtube. If I didn't see and play this guitar in the store (and I?m pretty sure it?s not a guitar normally carried in the brick and mortar stores), I would not have bought it based on the pictures and the lacking description on this web page.

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