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Fender Blacktop Stratocaster with Floyd Rose Electric Guitar  

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    A Strat that straps on the power of humbuckers.

    Drive your sound with raw humbucking power. Fender’s new and innovative Blacktop™ guitar series expands the sonic horizon of classic Fender Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Jazzmaster® and Jaguar® guitars by powering them with high-gain humbucking pickups. The Blacktop series delivers on modern player demands for a thick and heavy sound with guitars that drive a wide array of deep, rich and aggressive tones that match the intensity of any playing style.

    Sleek and supercharged, the Blacktop Stratocaster HH Floyd Rose® has dual over-wound alnico humbucking pickups with five-position switching, a Floyd Rose® Special double-locking two-point tremolo and distinctive skirted black amp knobs (master volume, tone for each pickup). Other features include an alder body, maple neck with modern C shape and gloss urethane finish, rosewood fretboard with 9.5” radius and 22 medium jumbo frets, Floyd Rose® locking nut, three-ply black-white-black pickguard and chrome hardware. Available in Black and new Titanium Silver.

    Features

    • Model Name: Blacktop™ Strat® HH Floyd Rose®
    • Body Material: Alder
    • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
    • Neck Shape: Modern "C" Shape
    • Number of Frets:22
    • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    • Position Inlays: White Dot Position Inlays
    • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.13 cm)
    • Fretboard: Rosewood
    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane Finish
    • Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
    • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
    • Neck Plate: Standard 4 Bolt
    • Truss Rods: Standard Truss Rod System
    • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
    • Pickup Configuration: H/H
    • Bridge Pickup: Hot Vintage AlNiCo Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
    • Neck Pickup: Hot Vintage AlNiCo Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
    • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Full Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Two Inside Single Coils, Position 3. Both Full Humbucking Pickups, Position 4. Outer Neck Single Coil, Position 5. Full Neck Pickup
    • Hardware Finish: Chrome
    • Bridge: Floyd Rose® Special Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo
    • Tuning Machines: Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
    • String Nut: Floyd Rose® Special Locking Nut
    • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
    • Unique Features: Skirted Amp Knobs, Double Locking Tremolo

    Order now and get the Strat the gives you the raw power of humbuckers.

     
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    4.3

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All that and a Floyd Rose (Special) too...

    By tom hoy

    from Sunny California

    Overall, I'm rating the thing a 9, only because they don't offer it in a maple fretboard option. It would be a 10 if you could get a maple fretboard. and maybe a little because it doesn't come with nickel pickup covers... other than that, this guitar is superb for the price, excellent if it were a little more, and if it were ACTUALLY MADE in the USA it would be a lot more. Thank You, people of Ensenada Mexico, for making the BEST Strat a Cheap one.
    Okay, I bought a regular Blacktop strat w/ maple fretboad in August and reviewed it here under that category, and then saw that Fender decided to put a Floyd on it. Loving the original, I ran out and tried the FR version to confirm that the same attention to detail is present, including the same pickups, which are a big sell for me.

    Body: very solid alder universal routed strat body, nicely painted.

    Neck: Urethane finish (I like a lot. Not everyone does), but I have downgraded my features rating for the Floyd Rose BT strat by 2 points because they don't offer a maple fretboard (choices that exist on about every other Mexican and American strat). I think it should be a gimme that you can get maple or Rosewood, especially since they are making the necks anyway and just have to do a FR nut... I understand why they don't but they still should.

    Pickups: Please see my review of the Blacktop strat maple fretboard for more on these pickups. They are the best humbuckers available on any guitar in this price range, in my opinion, and I've tried a bunch. Read other review to get serious detail. Two humbuckers is my set up of choice, and it's about time I can get a nice, 'hot-rodded classic' instead of a 'classic hot-rod' like a Charvel, Kramer or LTD ESP. Oh yeah, some of the downgrade to 8 in features is because I liked the look of the covered humbuckers, and I'm a little sad they didn't cover these. But not that sad, cause they rock.

    Bridge: Floyd Rose Special: It seems everyone that reviews guitars with Floyds doesn't understand what 'kind of' floyd rose is what, so I will take a second and fix all that for you:

    'Original Floyd Rose' (The 100/200/200 series) is made in Germany, and is what you buy at the store from the Floyd Rose Company to put on your guitar. Brass block and steel saddles.

    Bridges stamped 'Floyd Rose' (the 1000/2000/3000 series) are EXACTLY the same as the german models. Exact same metals, specs and tolerances. But they are made in Korea at a facility that can handle the large numbers necessary to feed OEM manufacturers: They are strictly an OEM part, and cannot be purchased retail. They can currently be found on Charvel So-Cal and San Dimas Pro Mods, higher line Jacksons, Higher Line ESP and LTD models, etc. note that 100/1000 is chrome, 200/2000 is black and 300/3000 is brass/gold color.

    Bridges stamped 'Floyd Rose Special' are made in Korea to the exact same specs, but use ZINC alloy saddles instead of steel and a ZINC alloy block, apparently to save some production cost. the plate is the same grade of steel. If you want more sustain out of your special, buy a heavier brass block. upgrade the saddles.

    This thing has a Floyd Rose special. Works GREAT!! just like the Floyd Original, but with Zinc.
    None of the above are an EDGE, but the Floyd Special is very nice and it stays in tune perfectly like a Floyd should.
    The fretwork, edgework, attention to detail, electronics, solid paint job, fit, set-up out of the box, etc. on these Mexican hot rods is excellent. You won't find frets edged as nicely as these until you get to twice this price range anywhere else. The neck is nice, the urethane finish is thick, glossy and even. The whole thing just looks and feels beefy, solid and well-made outside of the obvious stuff. The pickguard's pickup routings are rounded right around the pickups instead of squared off... it all just looks and feels excellent.

    I can't possibly rave any more about the pickups. I refuse to. Just know that they were wound and designed by someone who has a whole lot of love fat, toneful, high output humbucking sounds.

    Floyd Rose Special: Look, it's not the 1000 series, but at the price, who cares, I'll take zinc. It's a quality bridge, not like some of those crazy-ugly imposter licensed FRs out there.
    Quality all-round approaches Made-in-USA standard, and in some cases surpasses it (fret dressing and impressive pickups, for two things)
    Value is a 10. To have such a quality build and great sounding and playing classic instrument hot-rodded for real-world use for only this price is insane. Of its competitors (LD St-203, Kramer Pacer Classic, and The Charvel So-Cal and San Dimas Pro Mods), it is the best value, though not the best instrument. Perhaps this is why they are being made so nicely at the Mexican factory. While Charvel Pro-Mods are phenomenal super-strats, and clearly the 'better instrument', the build quality of the Blacktop comes darn near the Charvels without all the price. This is probably the best VALUE in two-humbucker guitars out there right now...

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    5.0

    Most versatile guitar out there!

    This particular model is the best blacktop series out there. I tried almost all the fenders available at my local store. This one has a nice and smooth neck, great pickup sounding which is very high output, great tremolo bridge and you can get sounds between strat, tele, and les Paul kinda sounds. I actually was amazed with the versatility of the sounds. Probably the best guitar for recording. And the price is right for what it is. Great job fender on this model.

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    (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Very Disappointing

    By Steve Lukshides

    from South FL

    I bought this with fairly high expectations based on video reviews I saw on YouTube for the BlackTop Series. At the time I purchased, this model was just released. When it arrived, I opened it up to find a bag with parts for the wrong model of Stratocaster. So, no tremolo arm no wrenches. Since it's a Floyd Rose, you need the wrenches to change strings or even to tune it up initially. The setup on the guitar was horrendous, very high action, strings were all uneven heights and even had some fret buzz even with the high action. I couldn't adjust it properly since the wrenches were not included. The Floyd Rose bridge, which was the main reason I chose this model, felt very cheap. The pickups were kinda lame sounding, not that much better than my Squier HSS Standard Strat so that was a huge disappointment. I guess the guys on the video reviews were using a lot of effects. The finish was surprisingly bad (I got the black one). There weren't any defects or anything, it just seemed to have a very thin gloss finish, very similar to my black Squier. I expected a lot more for a Fender, especially since my 2008 CAR MIM Standard Strat has such a beautiful finish. Well, black is boring to begin with but I was expecting a deeper gloss. The back of the neck and front and back of the headstock were in a gloss finish which I liked. The rosewood on the fretboard was not as nice as the rosewood I've seen on MIM Standard Strats. All in all, I didn't think this guitar was worthy of its selling price. I've got a MIM Strat and a MIM Tele, both of which are of higher quality than this BlackTop. I don't know if the BlackTop line is supposed to feature lower quality or not, judging by the price I expected the same quality as the MIM Standard line but that's not what I got. I'll never buy another BlackTop series guitar again.

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