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Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar Sonic Blue Maple

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The Blacktop Stratocaster HH is a no-nonsense dual-bucker Strat that'll blow your mind without breaking the bank. Vintage-style Fender Blacktop alnic...Click To Read More About This Product

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The most affordable humbucking pickup-equipped Stratcaster ever made.

The Blacktop Stratocaster HH is a no-nonsense dual-bucker Strat 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, and a vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge. Features include an alder body, maple neck, 9.5"-radius maple fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, gloss urethane finish, and nickel/chrome hardware.

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FEATURES
  • Series: Blacktop
  • Body shape: Stratocaster
  • Colors: (506) Black, (509) Candy Apple Red, (572) Sonic Blue
  • Body material: alder
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck finish: gloss urethane
  • Fretboard: maple
  • Position inlays: black 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: 5-Position blade:
    Position 1. Full bridge pickup
    Position 2. Two inside coils
    Position 3. Full neck & bridge pickups
    Position 4. Outer neck single coil
    Position 5. Full neck pickup
  • Controls: Volume, tone 1 (neck pickup), tone 2 (bridge)
  • Hardware: nickel/chrome
  • Tuning keys: standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Strap buttons: vintage style
  • Control knobs: skirted amp knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black (506 Black, 509 Candy Apple Red), or aged white (572 Sonic Blue)
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 gauges)
  • Included accessories: truss rod adjustment wrench, saddle height adjustment wrench
  • Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241mm)
  • Frets: 22, medium jumbo
  • Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
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FenderBlacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Strat!

This is a fantastic buy, and for the money you can't go wrong. A little more money in upgrades makes this superior to many MIA strats in my opinion. I've added an LSR...Read complete review

This is a fantastic buy, and for the money you can't go wrong. A little more money in upgrades makes this superior to many MIA strats in my opinion. I've added an LSR roller nut, middle pickup, and an active midboost control which can be swept for different frequencies (like a wah, very Zappa esque). But the same stock sounds are all still there, and they're the ones I use most often. Coil tapping the neck pickup is one of the best tones I know. A previous review described the pickups as muddy, but if you have a good amp and know how to set an EQ, then you'll hear their true character- WARM. Rolling off the tone is very responsive and the entire range of the volume and tone pots are usable. If you're having trouble hearing the changes with a distortion or dirty amp, try using it clean and you'll hear the subtleties (too much clipping removes these dynamics in many cases). For either a modding platform, or for a great basic jam guitar, if you don't get a lemon you'll be happy!

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Quality Control missed mine

The frets need filing on the ends.This can be expensive. The body holes fo r the claw screws were not drilled deep enpough to stop
the strings from going flat when you bend...Read complete review

The frets need filing on the ends.This can be expensive. The body holes fo r the claw screws were not drilled deep enpough to stop
the strings from going flat when you bend the g string a whole step.
Program will not allow my post because it says I need to fill all required fields. I have.

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Strat!

By Pancakes Johnson

from Utah

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Pros

  • Great Maple Neck
  • Innovative Pu Switching
  • Warm Soulful Humbuckers
  • Zazzy

Cons

  • Bathtub Routed
  • Qc Lacking Sometimes

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

This is a fantastic buy, and for the money you can't go wrong. A little more money in upgrades makes this superior to many MIA strats in my opinion. I've added an LSR roller nut, middle pickup, and an active midboost control which can be swept for different frequencies (like a wah, very Zappa esque). But the same stock sounds are all still there, and they're the ones I use most often. Coil tapping the neck pickup is one of the best tones I know. A previous review described the pickups as muddy, but if you have a good amp and know how to set an EQ, then you'll hear their true character- WARM. Rolling off the tone is very responsive and the entire range of the volume and tone pots are usable. If you're having trouble hearing the changes with a distortion or dirty amp, try using it clean and you'll hear the subtleties (too much clipping removes these dynamics in many cases). For either a modding platform, or for a great basic jam guitar, if you don't get a lemon you'll be happy!

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blacktop Strat -- knocks me out

By rustydusty

from canyon lake, tx

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

Been playing over 40 years bla bla bla, own lots of boutique guitars, yada yada. THIS item is the BEST working-musician guitar I've owned. GREAT versatility. Looks like a nicely done franken-caster. Feels right in the hand. Sounds great. AND, you don't really have to worry much about a guitar for this price. If it gets dented or stolen, not that painful a thing to deal with, ya know?
Everything you need is here. Nice single coil tones for chord work, or for lead (especially country twang leads). Great (truly) humbucker tone for the leads or driven fat tones. The TREM works, really well. Gorgeous finish and details.

Pickups are a work of genius. The neck pickup, for example is fantastic, fat yet articulate and full of harmonic overtones. On a 10 volume, it kicks. As you know when you turn the volume down a bit on humbuckers you tend to lost the high end, the clarity. Which is sorta true here as well, BUT when you go all the way down to 2 or 3 on the guitar volume the sparkle magically comes back, for really NICE spanky clean tones with sparkling attack. That alone is awesome. But the split coil tones are also totally useable, and even excellent in their own right.

PRS and others have tried and not done as well at the coil splitting thing. This baby gets it RIGHT. For live playing (which I do often, professionally) the single coil tones offered hwere are great for chord work. Each of the 5 pickup settings here is VERY nice in its own right, and you will love this guitar for its tone if for nothing else.
Zero defects. Nice fretwork.
Eleven actually.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow... yer kidding...

By tom hoy

from Sunny California

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

Listen, I know this review goes on and on, and raves about the guitar and doesn't say a lot of negatives, but at the price, there isn't anything negative to say. Now if it were a more expensive guitar, I might find something to nitpick somewhere, like maybe putting a Fender fulcrum style bridge on it (which I would just chuck for a wilkinson anyway, or some sperzel tuners or something.... This is THE BEST axe in its pricerange hands down if you are a 2 humbucker kinda guy. Go get this thing. You won't be sorry. And get the Floyd model if you need a Floyd.
I have been an Ibanez player and fan for literally 20 years. I have owned a TON of different Ibanez guitars, and I still love the good old RG, the Epitome of the working-man's guitar.

THen I stumbled onto the blacktop strat:

Neck: Nice. 9.5" radius took some getting used to, but I love it now. Not a wizard by any means... so different, but soooo cool. Maple fretboard is my favorite. And the BT comes that way. Bought mine in sonic blue/maple. Fretwork is superb... Is this really the price for this guitar? match it up against an RG350 indonesian Ibanez... Embarrassing the difference in edgework at the same price.

Pickups: I was sure the BT would fall flat on the pickups. They have to be shaving money somewhere, right? WRONG!!! I swear by a Tone Zone in my bridge and usually Air Norton or PAF Pro for a bridge (DiMarzio baby, DiMarzio)... But these are hot, sweet, toneful humbuckers with sass, pop, sustain... they SING out. The neck might be a little thicker than and Air Norton, but it is articulate, allows harmonics to sing out, and smooths out all the rough that the bridge won't. Like playing on polished glass.... And the bridge... same thing... It SINGS out harmonics and sustain... high powered, but with growl... midrange and treble feel boosted... kind of tone-zoney but a little more supple. Closer to the Super Distortion, and not nearly as muddy or weak as a Seymour JB or Pearly Gates. Tones are defined. diads and triads have definition, scratch and spunk. I would go on and on... They will do just fine for shred-metal (not death metal - way too much character for that shit), and they are FAT for blues rock and hard rock. Lovely, lovely pickups. Can't say that enough.

Bridge: Fender synchronized. Look, these things are notorious for being crappy and coming outta tune and all that, but I have been playing on this thing for 3 months, and while it's not a Floyd, it is pretty solid. It came set up with the factory (9's for strings) with about a full step of up-bend in it, and I use it. Stays in tune pretty darned good. Still, it ain't a Floyd...

Alder Strat body, universal route if you wanna change the pickup configuration... but why?
This rating has a lot to do with the price-quality thing. This classic, mean-looking axe with its nickel covered, stolen-from-a-les-paul looking pickups and cobbed out amp-knobs is just plain awesome.

It is solid feeling, well made, with high-quality craftsmanship from the nick to the wiring to the pickups to the trem, right down to the factory set-up.... I love the way this plays better than the american HSS strat I played next to it. Technically speaking, Mexican strats are made in the USA (necks are made and fretted here, as are bodies. Finish work and assembly in Mexico (google it and read up... interesting). Pick up a cheap Ibanez and you will understand why it is that price. Never terrible, just far from inspiring... Now this thing is just plain EXCELLENT. Just missing a Floyd Rose. I wish they made one with a Floyd.... Oh wait... They do now. Just out. I'm buying one.
Read above. If you want a classic humbucking guitar made at an insanely high quality-price ratio that plays really nice and sounds PHENOMENAL, there is only one answer. Check the ENTIRE REST OF THE FENDER LINE and buy one of these. FLOYD or NO FLOYD. Just INCREDIBLE VALUE. can I say it again? Do I need to?

Every once in a while a manufacturer just 'gets it right' and makes a model that hits amazingly on all cylinders. This Blacktop Strat is one of those creations. They are just doing good things at the Mexico factory, have a production process that is dialed to quality, and have put together a product that fills a niche that's been missing for a long time.... Quality, price, and feaures all in the same place. Great Job, Fender.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

blacktop review

By Player 56

from houston, texas

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

nothing bad to say about this guitar. great buy for the money.
bought the sonic blue model with maple neck and i like the look and also was very pleased with the sound on all five switch positions. very versital guitar.
much better quality than i expected from a MIM guitar. i did'nt kow what to expect for this guitar but wanted to take the chance. i have owned many guitars from gibson, ibanez, taylor, and others.
Over the years i have become a strat guy. they are just more comfortable to paly for me personally.
I have always wanted fenderr to make a double humbucker guitar. I currently have a artist series blackie, and american Hss strat. This guitars quality matches the HSS strat.
Great value for the guitar that you get. no comparison to the others for similar or even higher price.

(5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Quality Control missed mine

By R A Peters

from Madison Heights, VA

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Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good sound
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Frets Need Filing
  • Need Work Out Of The Box
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small gigs
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

The frets need filing on the ends.This can be expensive. The body holes fo r the claw screws were not drilled deep enpough to stop
the strings from going flat when you bend the g string a whole step.
Program will not allow my post because it says I need to fill all required fields. I have.

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar godawful trem.

By Jmc083

from Camp Lejeune

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Crunch Tone

Cons

  • Vintage Trem is POOP

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

    A lot of the reviews of this guitar are a little off in my opinion.
    First this is a great guitar good finish quality craftsmanship.
    Has a great crunchy tone at the bridge that overdrives beautifully. Coil splitting actually sounds good and is useful. Wonderfully versatile guitar you play anything from blues to metallica on this thing. It's also way better looking in person. Perfect glossy finish nice aged color to the pick guard. Just nice all around. Humbuckers are actually quality pick-ups.

    Now for the bad. This guitar requires some setup. It came from the factory with action set higher that 50 dollar pawn shop acoustic. Fixed that by adjusting the truss rod and the bridge. VINTAGE TREMOLO=POOP TREMOLO. I am not a big trem fan so i ordered a tremo-no with the guitar. Thank god I did because the guitar was barely playable with the factory trem. Wouldn't stay in tune chords sounded like poop. Don't even bother trying to bend. Oh and it didn't come with bullet strings. Come on fender stop cutting corners?????

    Basically unless you just like being out of tune and sounding like a complete tard. You NEED to hard tail the trem on this guitar. I don't know why they don't just sell a hard tail version. Oh wait they do a Tele. Not to mention doing it the right way(with a tremo-no) adds a ton of sustain.

    All that being said. The guitar is well worth the asking price. Just needs a little setup.

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar

    By Easy Money

    from Oklahoma

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    Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

    I didn"t have any problems rating this instrument as I did.
    I love this guitar, very smooth to play, easy on the fingers. I've owned 3 Telecasters,(American made) which were great, and had never owned a Stratacaster. This guitar plays and sounds every bit as good to my estimation. I think I made a good decision purchasing this guitar.
    I realize it"s not the same as American made, But is quite a deal for the price. the workmanship is impressive.
    I believe this guitar to be a good value.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blacktop Strat

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar! Disappointed in the packing though! I am a frequent customer of MF and this is the first time I have a complaint about the attention to detail with MF. The box the guitar was packed in was not bubble protected and was sliding around inside the second shipping box. Fortunately after a through inspection I did not find any damage to the guitar.
    Excellent value for the buck!
    Rosewood insert on back of neck was not sanded properly and protrudes slightly at the third fret. Maple neck has slight blemish near the nut. Would have returned this guitar but the neck feels fantastic and the guitar setup right out of the box was perfect! This guitar does out go out of tune!
    Best guitar for the money I have played. The maple neck is fast and feels great! The Alnico's sound full and warm but are crunchy when pushed. Its nice to play a strat without the annoying hum from single coils. Love the guitar!!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible value and versatility!

    By JBat77

    from New Zealand

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

      I picked this guitar up on a whim and hadn't even heard of the Blacktop range when I came across it. The guy I bought it off had hard tailed the bridge, stripped the paint from the body and replaced the pickguard so it has a couple of mods. However, this guitar has become my go to for jamming, recording and band rehearsals.

      Having the 5 way switch with coil split really gives this guitar a wide range of tones that will suit just about any style of music. The band I play in covers everything from classic rock, jazz, country, pop and metal and my blacktop is happy with any genre. I play through either a Vox Valvetronix VTX120 or a Vox AC4TV and also use a LP Standard, Maton MS2000 DLX and Ibanez PAC311H.

      This guitar really has the potential to surprise and would make a great first guitar or solid back up. Best mOney I've ever spent on music gear.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Remarkable value

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

      I played one of these in a local store and have to say that I am seriously impressed. I think there's a bit of hyperbole in some of the reviews, but this is solid guitar and it's being sold at a remarkable price. The fit and finish of the model I played was fantastic. The guitars coming out of Fender's Mexican factory are really impressive these days. The fret work was dead on and the paint job appeared flawless to me. The paint doesn't have the depth of some higher end models, but it doesn't have their price tag either.As far as I can tell, materials are on par with other Mexican Fenders which is to that they they're fine. You're probably not getting a single piece body but the weight appropriate and sustain is terrific.Like many dedicated Fender enthusiasts, I've pined for a dual humbucker strat for some time in order to fill a bit of a gap in my pallet. Fender hasn't really offered a dual humbucker model for a while - at least not one that was available or affordable. This thing really fits the bill.Of course, coming off the wall, there was no trem arm installed, but I see no reason to think that this trem wouldn't perform about the same as other Mexican Strats. Don't expect to do a lot of dive bombing, but a well tuned traditional style Fender trem can be very effective and offer excellent stability if used within reason. The switching combination really gets your attention with this guitar. the ability to split the coils in positions 2 and 4 really make this a versatile instrument. Don't expect the typical Strat out of phase, glassy sound. It's a bit more like the middle position of a Tele if you ask me and that's not a bad thing. The real gem is position 4 though where you get just the outside coil of the neck. I was able get a really nice Hendrixy kind of sound very effortlessly. This would be a fine stage guitar, minimizing instrument changes. Aesthetically, this is a more or less pleasing guitar. You'll have to decide if you like the style. Personally, I don't like the amp knobs, but that's a change really easily and cheaply made.The Sonic Blue model is really stunning to my eye. I think it would look white on its own, but when you put it next to a REALLY white guitar, the blue really pops and gives it a nice vintage look.I think Fender has really ratcheted up the quality of their foreign instruments. Models like this one and the Deluxe Player Strat and a few others offer some really interesting options at great price points. Most of these features had been in the realm of American models in the past and were beyond the means of many players. I would add that the features I'm describing really make these 'Players' instruments. They may not be flashy, but they will give you on stage options that you will really appreciate. Do these perform on par with the American models? In my option, no, but they are very, very good. The American models are made with materials and by craftsmen that the Corona factory just can't muster up. But these guitars will get you well into the ball park - and even in a good seat - at a fraction of the price. If you need or crave a humbucker setup but are addicted to the look and feel of a good Fender (I can't be the only one, right?) this is a really fantastic option and should be given consideration.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent guitar

      By Coach C

      from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

        I love this guitar. I love strats but I love to have some hum bucking sounds. This guitar gives you a great combination of raw hum bucking snarl but also some single coil tones as well. I'm really impressed with the stock pickups. They're hot but versatile if you play with the volume. I have the sonic blue with maple fretboard and have had it for about four years. I would buy another for sure.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Blacktop vs American Deluxe

        By Day29

        from Hollywood,Fl

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Quality

        Cons

        • Unresponsive Pots

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

        I purchased a Blacktop Fender to give my American Deluxe Fender HSS a rest from the abuse of playing shows.
        Initally, I was looking at a Standard Strat with the HSS configuration. That's when my problem was realized. The American Deluxe series comes with the S-1 switching system. I think the 's' stands for spoiled, because thats what an American Deluxe will do, spoil you rotten. Long story short, I was using all my pickups at once with my deluxe, something you can't achieve with a Standard Strat unless you mod it.
        Then I read the specs on the Blacktop series and I was instantly sold. I had a hard time choosing which color, but I went with sonic blue/maple neck. Pictures do not capture the beauty, and while a lot of people don't like the mint green pick guard, it gives it a vintage appeal that works. Stage lighting really makes it pop as well. Nothing but compliments since I've received it.
        If you are expecting vintage,single-coil strat tone, wrong choice. This strat is loud and beefy.
        Granted with the coil tapping on positions 2 and 4 you can get a strat-ish sounding tone. I mainly play in position 3 using both humbuckers.
        My only issue with this guitar is very minor.
        The volume and tone pots have no sensitivity. You'll roll it back from 10, and it won't decrease in volume until 2. The tone knobs seem the same, but not as severe.
        I have upgraded the tuning heads to locking heads and threw on some strap locks. Symptoms of being spoiled by my deluxe I guess.
        Obviously there are a lot of comparisons that could be made between the two guitars. But with two upgrades, I was able to get the results I wanted. A great guitar that I can beat up and that will look cool while I'm doing it.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Specs from Fender are not right

        By pmac

        from The Netherlands Europe

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • No Single Coil Neck

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

        It is a very well build guitar and it feels good. Smooth neck and I love the high glossy body. Sound is versatile and the humbucker at the bridge sounds like a PAF (Gibsonstyle)and its great (maybe the best bridgehumbucker on a Fender strat so far). The specs that Fender gave you is not right though. They say that the second position (from the neck) would be the outer coil of the neckhumbucker but it is really the outer neck and the outer bridge coils of both humbuckers together. That gives you a nice "out of fase" kind of sound but it is not a solitair singlecoilsound and that is a shame. I replaced the neckhumbucker by a Symour duncan Phat Cat p90 and I am very pleased with the result but it is not the way Fender should sell it this way.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Humbucker-Equipped Tone

        By ag6120

        from Danbury, CT

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        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 Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

          The Fender Blacktop Strat is easily one of the finest Strats I have ever played. Shortly after the Blacktop Series was introduced, my brother got one in sonic blue and that finish is absolutely gorgeous. The mint green pickguard gives it a unique color combination as well. Anyway, this particular model has a polished fretboard and neck which, in my opinion, makes it seem as if it's a far more expensive Strat than it is. It also feels nicer than an unpolished fretboard and neck as I've played on plenty of other Strats and Teles alike. Not only does this Strat look great, but it sounds great too.

          Despite the humbuckers in this Strat, it still sounds like a Strat. You can simply take it to new heights. You can easily go from playing blues to country to metal. Tone wise, there's something for everyone in this Strat.

          In case you're stuck between the Blacktop Strat and the Blacktop Tele, I thought I'd add that the Tele version is great as well. However, the Blacktop Strat is more versatile than its Tele counterpart. Both look, feel and sound great but, to me, the Blacktop Strat is the better of the two.

          Anyway, the Blacktop Strat is a wonderful instrument at a great price. I highly recommend this one.

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this guitar

          By CoachC

          from Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

            I love playing this guitar. I own a sonic blue with a maple fretboard and after some minor set up and larger strings(.10) it has been a real pleasure. I've always loved strats but with this I get the punch of a humbucker along with some single coil options making it very versatile. I personally am not going to change the pickups, I think they sound great has they are; powerful on distortion and I love the cleans especially when doing jazzy work. I would definitley buy another one no doubt.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Strat ... at a real bargain price!

            By scherf.com

            from Las Vegas, Nevada

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            Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

            I just got the black Strat with the maple fretboard and it is excellent. The Humbucker pickups are really hot (middle position/3rd gets you both PUs). Setup was almost perfect from the box (I don't use the trem) so bridge is just a notch high, but action is still low and very good. The fretboard is fast and smooth, ... nothing sticky. And the workmanship is superb, especially for this price as this Strat can easily compare to the much higher priced American Deluxe models, etc. BTW, there was no gigbag included, but that's okay because I wouldn't use a gigbag anyway. It's just a unique axe and has virtually all the Strat sounds plus a lot more of course, because of the HBs. I'll order the Sonic Blue with the maple fretboard too now, it's just a great guitar at a bargain price, ... exactly what I was looking for so long, ... well worth every Penny. Fender did really an excellent job with this Blacktop Strat. Love it!
            The Humbucker pickups are really hot (middle position/3rd gets you both PUs). With a little creativity you can get most Strat sounds out of it and a lot more because of the HBs. I think it's a versatile guitar and lets you play not all but most styles. I'll order the Sonic Blue with the maple fretboard too now, it's just a great guitar at a bargain price, ... exactly what I was looking for so long, ... well worth every Penny. Fender did really an excellent job with this Blacktop Strat. Love it!
            The workmanship is superb, especially for this price as this Strat can easily compare to the much higher priced American Deluxe models, etc. ... and this one is made in Mexico ... but no worries at all, ... it's a solid unit. BTW, there was no gigbag included, but that's okay because I wouldn't use a gigbag anyway. Setup was almost perfect from the box (I don't use the trem) so bridge is just a notch high, but action is still low and very good. The fretboard is fast and smooth, ... nothing sticky.
            I think it would be very hard to find this kind of guitar and quality at this price with any other brand. It's just a winner at a really great price, ... a solid unit and joy to play.

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Blacktop Stratocaster HH

            By Jammer's mom

            from Texas

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            Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

            Would recommend this to everyone.
            This guitar is by far the best I've had. It plays like a dream. Sound is exceptional. I would recommend it to anyone.
            Good quality, well built guitar. Pickups sound great
            A lot of guitar for the price!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Candy Apple Blacktop

            By Martin-dNvox

            from UK

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            Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

            I first tried a Sonic Blue and liked it .It had a couple of minor quality issues so being ultra fussy I returned it and later bought a CAR /Maple.the SB had a small rem block but oddly the CAR has a full size one .Mine was set up perfectly and even the Trem worked fine and it all kept in tune. I love the sound of this guitar .If you are looking for a Les Paul in a strat body forget it .The humbuckers are hot but clean and bright.The coil split works as they pickups are hot so the singles still retain a good Stratty tone ,clear and brigght .Its very useful as I sing and play some lead so I can switch from Humbucker to single and still retain some tone .i love the bridge humbucker ,clear.fat ,and bright ..perfect for blues .The neck is stil warm and bright .i think these are well worth the money .I cannot find a blem on mine anywhere .You can still get those stratty tones on the single coils .Its still a strat no mistake

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Great Guitar for a Great Price

            By Tim D.

            from Danbury, CT

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            Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

            The Fender Blacktop Strat is easily one of the best electric guitars you can get the price! When my brother got his from this site, it came in great condition. All it took was a setup and a string change and it was even better (of course, strings are obviously a matter of personal preference). And, don't get me wrong--the guitar's intonation wasn't bad at all and the tail-piece wasn't too far out-of-position that it needed a setup badly...my brother just wanted to get a setup as soon as possible (plus, he uses a higher guage strings than what comes on Fender's stock instruments as do many).Anyway, for the price, you get a high-quality instrument and that's a great thing. This guitar easily surpassed the Standard Series Strats, which cost $50 more (for now--in the latest Musician's Friend catalogue, I noticed that the Blacktop Series guitars are listed for twice as much as here on the site). To be honest, the Blacktop Strat IS worth twice as much as its original price.

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            4.0

            Fender Blacktop Stratocaster (SB/Maple)

            By GCW

            from BRCC

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar:

              Great quality, my second MIM. Only complaint is the sonic blue is a bit lighter than the non MIA sonic blue color. The other review of the pups being flat/muddy is accurate and I like that, they will get a bit jangly as well. Great guitar for the money.

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