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Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Based on Tim Armstrong's beat-up old Sixties acoustic, on which he writes all the songs for the legendary punk band Rancid, the Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat acoustic-electric guitar is ready to slam i... Read More

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Based on Tim Armstrong's beat-up old Sixties acoustic, on which he writes all the songs for the legendary punk band Rancid, the Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat acoustic-electric guitar is ready to slam its way into the mosh pit. Tim has given his acoustic some modern flair and style with pearl acrylic "Hellcat" logos on the 3rd, 5th, and 7th frets while a couple of skulls adorn the 12th fret. Other features include a Fishman Isys III preamp with built -In tuner, strap button, scalloped bracing, solid mahogany top and a look that will have you singing "Roots Radicals" till your Mohawk is ready for its next trim. Fender includes Tim's custom "Let's Go" guitar strap that perfectly complements this acoustic's edgy visuals.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body style: Concert
  • Scale length: 25.3" (643mm)
  • Top: Solid mahogany
  • Bracing: Fender Advanced Scalloped Bracing
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Traditional
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Finish: Polyurethane gloss
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Tuners: Vintage-style open gear
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP 26 .011-.052
  • Electronics: Fishman Isys III System with Active On-Board Pre-Amp and Tuner
  • Accessories: Tim Armstrong custom "Lets Go" strap
  • Case sold separately
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FenderTim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

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No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I am in LOVE with this Guitar!

My Dream Guitar! Easiest to play, sounds wonderful. and very reasonable price! I walked into Guitar Center with NO intention of buying; just checking out the inventory. The week before I was...Read complete review

My Dream Guitar! Easiest to play, sounds wonderful. and very reasonable price! I walked into Guitar Center with NO intention of buying; just checking out the inventory. The week before I was seriously considering a smaller Taylor, but their $1,500 plus prices held me back. The playability and sound weren't THAT impressive. I walk into the Guitar Center Acoustic Room and I just seemed to be DRAWN to THIS Guitar. So, I picked it up and started playing like I've owned this for years! My wife was stunned and said "Yes, you HAVE to buy this"! This is the BEST Guitar i've ever played! So effortless, so beautiful! The room fills right up with the unmistakable presence of the music I make and it is sweet! I own a Morgan Monroe M50 Full Size Dreadnought that's nice too, but it isn't My Favorite. This Hellcat is MINE. So very glad I finally found the one! Thank you Fender! I was a little apprehensive about even looking at a Fender Acoustic, and I thought I'd ONLY want an "All Solid" Guitar, but after playing THIS I have to say, my opinion of Fender and their Acoustics changed. Not too crazy about the "Hellcat symbols and Skulls" but in reality, who cares? I am in LOVE with this guitar!

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Pros and Cons

Bottom line up front: Overall, it's a good guitar for the money. For the typical person who wants to play for the fun of it, it's a good choice. Nice sound with...Read complete review

Bottom line up front: Overall, it's a good guitar for the money. For the typical person who wants to play for the fun of it, it's a good choice. Nice sound with the flexibility of an acoustic or electric option, and not a lot of cash required. The strengths include... Its size - not as big as a dreadnought, and still able to put out a pretty good classical guitar sound. The electric pickup is a flexible and nice to have add on. The onboard tuner is very convenient. For electrical guitar style players, the narrow neck may be just your thing. The Hellcat inlay work is nicely done. Weaknesses include... The high action - if you keep this for any length of time, you will almost certainly lower the bridge by filing down the saddle, and slotting the wire notches in the nut a little deeper. Both are easy enough to do yourself if you understand how and are careful. Hammer-ons are pretty quiet when played in acoustic mode. While this may not be true for everyone, the narrow neck is problematic for me. My fingers are too wide for some chords on the first three frets. B7 is a real bear for me on this guitar! I solve this with an easy workaround - capo between 3rd and 5th!

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Hellcat = good Service = BAD

By DJ

from Marietta SC

Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Ordered used Hellcat and shipped it to my house. Pick guard was loose, someone had tried to glue it back on (badly). Guard was still pulling away from the body and glue had oozed out on both sides of the pick guard. Did not expect perfect guitar. DID expect a presentable guitar. Returned to store, had to eat the shipping cost. Like the Hellcat. Service not so much. Won't buy from them again. Beware of used gear from GC.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Really nice playing guitar

By uhsteven

from your moms

Pros

  • Smaller size
  • Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I really like this guitar. I brought it to the University of Houston's Moore Music Building and several of the students played the guitar and they absolutely loved it.

      It's becoming my guitar of choice pretty quickly due to its great sound and size. I'm 5'7" and a big guitar can make me look like I'm a child. This guitar is smaller and is a blast to play.

      I also purchased the HS case to keep it protected. This guitar will be in my collection for a long time and I would highly recommend that you pick one up and play it the next time that you're in a GC.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I am in LOVE with this Guitar!

      By Box Car Jimmy

      from Worcester County, MA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Playability Size Sound

      Cons

      • Skulls

      Best Uses

      • Playability

      Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      My Dream Guitar! Easiest to play, sounds wonderful. and very reasonable price! I walked into Guitar Center with NO intention of buying; just checking out the inventory. The week before I was seriously considering a smaller Taylor, but their $1,500 plus prices held me back. The playability and sound weren't THAT impressive. I walk into the Guitar Center Acoustic Room and I just seemed to be DRAWN to THIS Guitar. So, I picked it up and started playing like I've owned this for years! My wife was stunned and said "Yes, you HAVE to buy this"! This is the BEST Guitar i've ever played! So effortless, so beautiful! The room fills right up with the unmistakable presence of the music I make and it is sweet! I own a Morgan Monroe M50 Full Size Dreadnought that's nice too, but it isn't My Favorite. This Hellcat is MINE. So very glad I finally found the one! Thank you Fender! I was a little apprehensive about even looking at a Fender Acoustic, and I thought I'd ONLY want an "All Solid" Guitar, but after playing THIS I have to say, my opinion of Fender and their Acoustics changed. Not too crazy about the "Hellcat symbols and Skulls" but in reality, who cares? I am in LOVE with this guitar!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Stunned!

      By Box Car Jimmy

      from Worcester County, MA

      Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Walked into Guitar Center not expecting to find anything. Just figured I'd play a bit and go home. Well, I walked in and for some unexplainable reason, I was "drawn" to THIS guitar. Interesting because I'm not a fan of Fender Acoustics in general. Started playing and the room filled with all this beautiful music! My wife was stunned! We both knew it was going to be bought. After struggling with a full sized Morgan Monroe M50C full sized dreadnaught, the size, playability. neck, and crisp sound were a welcome change! Please do yourself a favor and check it out! This is the steal of the year! I tried Taylors the week before and none of them impressed me like this! The price is RIDICULOUS! I really don't care about the Tim Armstrong stuff; I got over it quick LOL.,

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful guitar for an affordable price

      By Jake

      from Ames, IA

      Pros

      • affordable
      • Great sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Performing

        Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I had played just about every guitar I could possibly afford at the local guitar center when I stumbled across this gem. I picked it up and it sounded incredible. It has a great warm sound that fills the room and sounds great for many kinds of music. The only problem I have had is that the action came a little high but that is fixable so I am not even going to mark it down for that. For the price it is an incredible guitar.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        No Regrets

        By Randle

        from Waskom Tx

        Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I already knew what I wanted and with the help of the staff at Shreveport GC I picked a keeper. Hands down if you are looking for and EA guitar this is the one to get. I have owned it for over a month and play it every chance I get as a matter o fact I've worn out one set of strings and had to replace them. Stop thinking about it and buy this Hellcat.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Pros and Cons

        By Lloyd Carpenter

        from Franklin, TN

        Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Bottom line up front: Overall, it's a good guitar for the money. For the typical person who wants to play for the fun of it, it's a good choice. Nice sound with the flexibility of an acoustic or electric option, and not a lot of cash required. The strengths include... Its size - not as big as a dreadnought, and still able to put out a pretty good classical guitar sound. The electric pickup is a flexible and nice to have add on. The onboard tuner is very convenient. For electrical guitar style players, the narrow neck may be just your thing. The Hellcat inlay work is nicely done. Weaknesses include... The high action - if you keep this for any length of time, you will almost certainly lower the bridge by filing down the saddle, and slotting the wire notches in the nut a little deeper. Both are easy enough to do yourself if you understand how and are careful. Hammer-ons are pretty quiet when played in acoustic mode. While this may not be true for everyone, the narrow neck is problematic for me. My fingers are too wide for some chords on the first three frets. B7 is a real bear for me on this guitar! I solve this with an easy workaround - capo between 3rd and 5th!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar, great Price!

        By Jake Patterson

        from Indianapolis, IN

        Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have had this guitar for several months now and I can honestly say I've never made a better purchase. This guitar has great quality, great sound, great feel, and great just about anything else. This guitar has a built in Tuner, and sounds great out of an amp. If you're debating whether or not to buy this, and you have the money, do it.

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Too many build problems

        By MATTHEW POPO

        from Aston , PA

        Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Let me just get right to the point last year I got one for Christmas and almost immediately there was fret buzz all up and down the fret board so I returned it and got another one this one was fine for about a week and then proceeded to do the same, being fed up with it I exchanged it for a T-Bucket. Yeah this guitar looks great and with a bunch of tweeking and updates to the build quality it will be a great guitar but as for now its not worth the headache

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's the guitar I am most apt to pickup

        By Timothy Mallon

        from Grayslake, Illinois

        Comments about Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        My title says it all in my humble opinion. This has become the guitar I am most likely to pick up and play, noodle or practice. My Taylor sits all the time now. My electrics are also getting a lot less time. I started with Electrics. I always wanted an acoustic that played, fit and felt like my electrics. Well, that is nigh on impossible. However, this Hellcat comes as close as you can ask for. I also wanted a smaller body. For practice, I don't really need the volume of a big dreadnaught. Of all the other Acoustics I tried of similar size, The Hellcat just sounded best. It's a balanced tone, not too bright, not too boomy, scooped, etc. The neck is one of more comfortable I've found. reminds me of my Taylor, as well as my Les Pauls. Satin finish is very fast to play. Also has a nice radius that I like. Body fits and feels nice. Really comfortable to play. Love the Mahogany grain all the way around. The guitar is really beautiful look to it. I could do with, or without the hellcat and skull. But, they do set it apart. The Fishman electronics were MADE for this guitar. They sound great together. Ran through my Zoom A3, the Hellcat sounds glorious. The Hellcat, fits well, plays extremely well, is comfortable, and sounds good. I'm giving it a 5, because at this price, it rates a 5. If it were $100-200 more, then a 4.

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