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Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Rosewood Fretboard Electric Guitar   

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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, 9-1/2"-radius rosewood 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: 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: 5-Position blade: Position 1. Full bridge pickupPosition 2. Two inside coilsPosition 3. Full neck & bridge pickupsPosition 4. Outer neck single coilPosition 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

A Strat for today's rocker!

SPECIFICATIONS

Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Rosewood Fretboard Electric Guitar

  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
    Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
    Fretboard radius: 9-1/2" (241)
    Frets: 22, medium-jumbo
    Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
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FenderBlacktop Stratocaster HH with Rosewood Fretboard Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile and affordable!!

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I just picked up the Blacktop Strat in Sonic Blue w/ rosewood with some Christmas cash. I thought it would bring a nice tonal variety to my collection of single coil...Read complete review

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I just picked up the Blacktop Strat in Sonic Blue w/ rosewood with some Christmas cash. I thought it would bring a nice tonal variety to my collection of single coil and H/S/S strats...This thing will do Tele to Les Paul in under a second! Running it through my '08 Fender Blues Deluxe amp, the Full neck pickup is pure twin-bucker magic--big, beefy, bluesy and thick.. Dropping down to the second position (between the neck and middle) is pure vintage strat--crystal clear and bell like, very SRV/Knopfler.. by adding distortion and rolling up the tone knob to about halfway in the first 2 positions you can also dial up a beautiful Santana-esque lead tone... The middle position (both humbuckers) provides a nice bright jangle with gobs of sustain, perfect for open chord voicings or stinging leads, and the final hum cancelling position is almost Tele-like, with a defined twang that really nails the chicken-pickin' sound. Blues, rock, jazz, funk, fusion, metal, country, pop... whatever style of music you play, this guitar has the vocabulary for it. And at this price your wallet will be happy as well!
A quick note to all you modders: If you're like me and you want to swap out those big ugly skirted amp knobs, be aware that STRAT KNOBS WILL NOT FIT!!! I made this mistake and found out when I got the guitar home. You will need a knob that attatches with a hex! I would up putting knurled Telecaster knobs on my blacktop and they look great. I'd also reccommend checking out Q-Parts custom knobs if youre looking for a more stylish alternative too!
Solid construction.. Neck sits tight in the pocket, hardware was firmly affixed, no loose knobs, tuners, or bridge saddles.
Running the gamut of versatile tones at an affordable price... definitley worth the money

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beginner Bargain

Great guitar for the beginner. Mine is sonic blue, polished maple neck, beautiful guitar. The neck is slim and smooth and absolutely superb. It really is fun to play.Read complete review

Great guitar for the beginner. Mine is sonic blue, polished maple neck, beautiful guitar. The neck is slim and smooth and absolutely superb. It really is fun to play.
But... the overall build is a bit sloppy. The neck plate is slapped on, crooked. When I popped the backplate off to do the setup, the pocket was rough. The first hole drilled for the spring claw must have stripped because the screw is 1/16" offset and the geometry is off making the tremelo setup almost unmanageable. And NOTHING cures the string buzz. The low E is perpetually out of tune as well.
Pups - nice glassy, chimey single coil tones on a quality amp, humbuckers are muddled and unremarkable.
Overall the guitar is fun to play as I learn how. It's set up with 11s and plays like my acoustic, strengthening my hands. It's a MIM instrument. I'm satisfied for now, until I can justify a US made model.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar, great price

By FkrissyJ

from TOR, ON

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

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

    I picked up this guitar a year ago and it looks and feels the same the day i bought it. I've played 2-3 gigs with this guitar and it has never disapointed. The black on black has an amazing look, and you will not be disapointed if you pick up this guy.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Had for a year and still love it

    By Tele lover.

    from Chicago suburbs

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

    My friend and I both bought this model together and both love the sonic blue finish with the mint green pick guard. The sounds this model delivers are outstanding. I replaced the tuners with fender locking that drop right in. I replaced the bridge with the full width Mexican standard unit that really improves the sustain and puts the tremolo handle in the right place. The origional thin block forced the arm into the top of the guitar with the trem springs setup per Fender specs. I also upgraded the cheap plastic nut with a tusk unit that really helps the harmonic ring and open string sustain. I own two other deluxe series strats, two American deluxe teles and an American origional factory Parker nitefly. I play the blacktop stratocaster the most.
    The 5 way switch and two tone controls together with the hum-buckers deliver tremendous tone and variation. The fit and finish is very good. The 22 fret neck feels great. The tuners are the same as American standards and can be swapped for the locking units from the American deluxe series. The mint green pick guard looks very cool.
    The only digs here are the cheep plastic nut and the narrow cast bridge block or inertia block as some call it. The pickups and electronics are top rate. The same cannot be said of the blacktop telecasters I played. Every Strat however sounded great. The tone controls offer a great range of tone adjustment, with one tone control for each pickup. All the screws were tight.
    I got one of the first ones the were $50 cheaper than the standard Strat. They seem to have figured out this is a better guitar than the standard and now it is usually at least $50 more than I paid.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Versatile and affordable!!

    By Funk McNasty

    from Boston, MA

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

    .
    I just picked up the Blacktop Strat in Sonic Blue w/ rosewood with some Christmas cash. I thought it would bring a nice tonal variety to my collection of single coil and H/S/S strats...This thing will do Tele to Les Paul in under a second! Running it through my '08 Fender Blues Deluxe amp, the Full neck pickup is pure twin-bucker magic--big, beefy, bluesy and thick.. Dropping down to the second position (between the neck and middle) is pure vintage strat--crystal clear and bell like, very SRV/Knopfler.. by adding distortion and rolling up the tone knob to about halfway in the first 2 positions you can also dial up a beautiful Santana-esque lead tone... The middle position (both humbuckers) provides a nice bright jangle with gobs of sustain, perfect for open chord voicings or stinging leads, and the final hum cancelling position is almost Tele-like, with a defined twang that really nails the chicken-pickin' sound. Blues, rock, jazz, funk, fusion, metal, country, pop... whatever style of music you play, this guitar has the vocabulary for it. And at this price your wallet will be happy as well!
    A quick note to all you modders: If you're like me and you want to swap out those big ugly skirted amp knobs, be aware that STRAT KNOBS WILL NOT FIT!!! I made this mistake and found out when I got the guitar home. You will need a knob that attatches with a hex! I would up putting knurled Telecaster knobs on my blacktop and they look great. I'd also reccommend checking out Q-Parts custom knobs if youre looking for a more stylish alternative too!
    Solid construction.. Neck sits tight in the pocket, hardware was firmly affixed, no loose knobs, tuners, or bridge saddles.
    Running the gamut of versatile tones at an affordable price... definitley worth the money

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender has outdone themselves

    By Wooooooo

    from South Dakota

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

    I look forward to buying one soon. I played with it for an hour or so in the store and it felt like my own guitar. I am getting married soon so I could not buy it at this moment, but I may end up selling one of my other babies to buy one. It seems so versatile and I could see myself bringing it to any situation and making it my main guitar because I love Strats but I want the power of a humbucker guitar. Perfect match made in heaven!!
    I give this one a fantastic because the two humbuckers sound incredibly strat-like, and it's like playing a Stratocaster with more power coming out of it. It doesn't change the sound; the strat still sounds like the Strat, only with more authority.

    The fit and finish of this guitar is incredible. I thought I was playing an American when I picked it up in the store. I looked on the back and it said Mexico. I thought, hey this must be the Blacktop model.

    Strings bended easily, action was wonderful. The neck felt smooth and glossy - I'll say it again, I thought it was a USA model.

    I am thoroughly impressed.
    Build quality is fantastic. No flaws that I could see.
    For the same price as a standard Strat, you get a much better deal. I would highly recommend the Blacktop Strat.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar!!

    By Richard Stride

    from Washington State

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

    Smooth, well built, my fgavorits guitart that I own. I play this one over the Les Paul I have
    Could not be more please with this purchase. I really was amazed at the sound and quality of this guitar right out of the box.
    Amazing quality right on the first paly.
    Get this guitar you will not be dissappointed.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good guitar

    By Barry

    from Cumberland, MD

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I got the sonic blue and it turned out to be a beatiful guitar. I wasn't able to tell in the picture but the pickguard of the sonic blue is mint green. It looks great and sounds even better. Solid Buy.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Strat Lovers gotta have One

        By Jersey Dan

        from Freehold NJ

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

        Having the humbuckers in a strat just makes my day. Along with my single coil strat, between the two I ready for anything. I just love this guitar, had it for a few weeks and I play it before I got to work and then again after I get home. I'll probably upgrade some things but for the money this is a keeper. I got the candy apple red and its just stunning.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value for your money, but...

        By UX4484

        from Chicago

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

        I got the Black with Rosewood neck for Xmas from my Mrs. Guitar is beautiful, though setup left something to be desired, neck, intonation, and saddle height all needed correcting. There have been some complaints of staying in tune with the Blacktop Strat, and mine seemed that way... until I added two springs (total 5) to the Trem and all tuning issues were then resolved. While the neck is better the standard Mexican Strat Model (if only for the extra fret), the gloss was a bit tacky. A quick wipe with a cotton rag with the tiniest bit of lemon oil on it removed all tackiness. The bridge is the standard 6 screw trem, and with the extra springs on it is as good as any Fender bridge except for the saddles which don't have a string guide/groove cut into them, but just a rounded rough cast chromed surface (pointy flashing and all, like a cheaply cast tool). I think this is mainly so they could get the strings spaced properly over the humbucker poles (something they don't even attempt on the standard SSH strats). This leaves both e strings closer to the neck edge than on a standard strat, so vigorous players using lighter strings may find themselves pulling the string over the edge on occasion. Even though the volume control is in the same place as on a regular Strat, it "feels" closer because the pickup is larger and is in closer proximity to the control. If you're a person who likes to pick over the rear pup, you're going to be hitting the volume control regularly, I would suggest getting the standard "low boy" Strat knobs. Also note the the body contour is not as deep as MIA Strats and it is a bit heavier (like the MIM Strats)Sound; Some complaints of muddy sound from this Blacktop I think are from them mostly needing a string change once taken home. A new set of D'Addario 10's and lowing the pups 1/4 inch took away any and all Mud mine had. You can't use your same Tone settings on your amp as you do with a SSS Strat, you'll need to tweek the bass down, and bring up the mid and treble controls a bit.I think this is a better guitar than most MIM Strats, especially the neck. While the pups clearly give it a wider range than a standard Strat, you can't quite get that "icepick in the head" sound you get from the bridge pup on a SSS Strat. The biggest difference you'll notice is sustain, much like any Dual Humbucker guitar the Neck pup sustain goes on and on (a rare treat on a Fender). Sound-wise you could gig just with this guitar, but on songs where you HAVE to HAVE that unique SSS Strat or an LP sound; it's going to fall a bit short, but if you're using a Good Pod or Digi effects processor, most folks wouldn't notice the difference. The build quality is Tops for a MIM model (except for the bridge saddles), but falls quite a bit short of almost any American Made Strat.After two weeks with this guitar, I can honestly say: I doubt it will ever leave my stable.

        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Shotty

        By Christopher Tacocat

        from Florida

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

        Very disappointed with the purchase. It sounds like the perfect deal. The ability to get a humbucker sound, Strat profile, and a reasonably priced guitar all in one. If it looks to good to be true...
        Purchased this guitar for its ability to play many kinds of music.
        After taking the guitar from the package, I noticed that the pickguard was warped. It was raised nearly half and inch between the pickups. After a week, I noticed inlay on the back of the neck had a hairline separation. I gave it two weeks and very much enjoyed playing the guitar. At the end of the second week, I noticed that the separation had grown from about half an inch to six inches down the neck. I immediatley returned the guitar for a full refund and instead purchased a Fender Highway one.
        Not much of one. An American made Highway One retail for $100-150 more than this guitar, or a beginner could get an equally well made guitar from squire for several hundred dollars less.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice guitar

        By Metal Mania

        from America

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

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

          I have had this guitar for about ten months now.
          After some setting up and dialing in...this is
          one mean guitar. I play heavy metal with no problems.
          I have gotten several comments on how heavy this guitar sounds. It cleans up awesome too. All in all this is the best Mexican Strat ive played.

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