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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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Overview

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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4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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Old Friend

I'm a self-taught punk rocker (Joe Strummer was my guitar-hero) and have always owned and played electrics (82' black & gold tele; les paul std; fender p-bass). This is my...Read complete review

I'm a self-taught punk rocker (Joe Strummer was my guitar-hero) and have always owned and played electrics (82' black & gold tele; les paul std; fender p-bass). This is my first acoustic and I couldn't be happier. The Hellcat plays and sounds awesome. The guitar is well constructed, holds it�ۡ���s tuning and best of all, required little set-up from my guitar tech. The accents are pretty cool too w/ the "Hellcat" logo in lieu of the dots. Personally, I don't think you can beat the quality for the price. The Hellcat is quickly becoming my "Old Friend" and of course there's nothing quite like playing your punk favorites on an acoustic... 5 Stars baby - yeah!

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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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5.0

No Regrets

By Randle

from Waskom Tx

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.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Pros and Cons

By Lloyd Carpenter

from Franklin, TN

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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5.0

Great Guitar, great Price!

By Jake Patterson

from Indianapolis, IN

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.

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1.0

Too many build problems

By MATTHEW POPO

from Aston , PA

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

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5.0

It's the guitar I am most apt to pickup

By Timothy Mallon

from Grayslake, Illinois

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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5.0

Thumbs up on this axe

By Christopher Wells

from Baltimore, MD

Far from an expert on acoustics but generally am a fan of Fenders. This one is made in China, by the way. Regardless, the quality is decent. I mainly went by looks because no stores near me carried this guitar. I liked the skulls and hellcats and the dark finish. Also, I figured it would sound good because it had a solid top. It sounds good to me and plays well. The action seems a bit high but I don't know how it compares to other acoustics. I am used to playing a stratocaster. It has a high quality pickup and sounds great plugged in even though I was mainly looking for a guitar I could just grab off the wall and play some fresh jams. It fits the bill for a general acoustic, looks cool, and on top of it all is reasonably priced.

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5.0

Good Buy

By Douglas MacAdam

from N.Kingsville, OH

Looks, plays, and sounds great! For the cost of this guitar, the build quality and features are very nice... and the inlays are wicked awesome! :)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Guitar Amazing Sound

By Trey

from Euless Texas

I got this guitar two days ago and i fell in love with it. Built in tuner really handy as well as it being acoustic electric.(gotta play loud!) It sounds amazing compared to others i`ve heard. The colors are perfect i love how smooth it is compared to others. easy to play overall great guitar.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent axe!

By Doug Dole

from Alexandria, IN

For an cheap acoustic electric this one is great! I've been looking for a non-cutaway acoustic electric for some time and they are hard to find especially in this price range! The pickup is good and the tuner is nice to have on board! I had to file down the nut and bridge a bit to get the action I wanted but I'm still very happy with it. The hellcats are cool if you're into that but they are a nice addition and a conversation starter if anything. It's better than just having plain ole' dot inlays I suppose. The wood on the entire guitar is beautiful and it's a pleasure to play all the time. I have zero complaints and nothing but praise for this axe! Great job Fender! DD

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5.0

Great Acoustic !

By Doug Dole

from Alexandria, IN

I've been looking for a non-cutaway acoustic electric for a while now especially in this price point. This one just did the trick. There was a little bit of set up like filing the nut and the saddle down but after that it plays just like butter! I also changed out the strings which the guitar comes with 12's but my favorite acoustic strings are Martin custom lights (11 - 52). The sound is not all that thick which is mostly due to the concert style body and it is not as full as a large dreadnought but it is a great nock about guitar and it's great for stage too with the onboard electronics. It is nice and light weight for hours of playing. Great guitar for writing tunes. It is a beautiful guitar as well. The cosmetics are a big plus and it looks way more exspensive than it really is. So far I'm really happy with the guitar. I've never bought a Fender acoustic, in fact I'm not a fan of their acoustic guitars typicaly. However, I love teles and strats. Hopefully it will last for years of playing!

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