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Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard)   

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The most affordable humbucking pickup-equipped Telecaster ever made.

The Blacktop Telecaster HH is a no-nonsense dual-bucker Tele 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, reversed control plate and a vintage-style hard-tail bridge with six grooved saddles for optimum string alignment. 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: Telecaster
  • Body material: alder
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck finish: gloss urethane
  • Fretboard: maple
  • Position inlays: black dots
  • String nut: synthetic bonet
  • Bridge pickup: Hot Vintage alnico humbucking pickup with nickel cover
  • Neck pickup: Hot Vintage alnico humbucking pickup with nickel cover
  • Pickup switching: 3-way blade switch
  • Controls: master volume, master tone
  • Hardware: nickel/chrome
  • Tuning keys: standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Bridge: strings-through-body hardtail bridge with 6 cast saddles
  • Strap buttons: vintage style
  • Control knobs: skirted amp knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 gauges)
  • Included accessories: truss rod adjustment wrench, saddle height adjustment wrench

A Tele for today's rocker!

SPECIFICATIONS

Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard)

  • Scale length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241mm)
  • Frets: 22, medium jumbo
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FenderBlacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard)
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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New Tele HH review

I love playing the guitar, we have become friends. The instument is very playable and thru my fender mustang amp, I can dial in any sound that I need. My other guitar...Read complete review

I love playing the guitar, we have become friends. The instument is very playable and thru my fender mustang amp, I can dial in any sound that I need. My other guitar is an Am. Strat and now I have the best of both both worlds
It is what it is. You know the features you are buying.
Initially, the back pickup did not work. Upon looking at the electronics, the solder and wiring job was very poor and the switch had to be replaced. I can't imagine that the instument was checked out to see it it actually worked. Fortunately, the is a Fender Service center down the street and it was fixed under warranty. Every thing elese about the guitar deserves at least an 8.
The guitar is nice but some work and money will have to be invested to make it a keeper. I assumed this before i bought it though.

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HH Blacktop

This is great idea & long overdue to make an affordable tele with humbuckers. However there seems to be a problem with wiring under the pickup selectors. I ordered my candy apple...Read complete review

This is great idea & long overdue to make an affordable tele with humbuckers. However there seems to be a problem with wiring under the pickup selectors. I ordered my candy apple red with maple neck, had it set up with new strings, etc.....corrected the string tree, which was drilled down to headstock with no spacer. Then while playing it would switch off and come back on. If you moved the pickup selector back and forth, you could get it back. So I exchanged it. The same thing is happening now to the replacement. Possibly a systemic wiring/soldering issue. I am going to have it looked at here, and if it can't be fixed, I'll keep trying for one that works, because I really like the guitar...I just want it play properly. Anyone else having these issues? or did I just get a bad batch.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

New Tele HH review

By david schult

from southeast US

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

I love playing the guitar, we have become friends. The instument is very playable and thru my fender mustang amp, I can dial in any sound that I need. My other guitar is an Am. Strat and now I have the best of both both worlds
It is what it is. You know the features you are buying.
Initially, the back pickup did not work. Upon looking at the electronics, the solder and wiring job was very poor and the switch had to be replaced. I can't imagine that the instument was checked out to see it it actually worked. Fortunately, the is a Fender Service center down the street and it was fixed under warranty. Every thing elese about the guitar deserves at least an 8.
The guitar is nice but some work and money will have to be invested to make it a keeper. I assumed this before i bought it though.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

HH Blacktop

By James Koerner

from NJ

Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

This is great idea & long overdue to make an affordable tele with humbuckers. However there seems to be a problem with wiring under the pickup selectors. I ordered my candy apple red with maple neck, had it set up with new strings, etc.....corrected the string tree, which was drilled down to headstock with no spacer. Then while playing it would switch off and come back on. If you moved the pickup selector back and forth, you could get it back. So I exchanged it. The same thing is happening now to the replacement. Possibly a systemic wiring/soldering issue. I am going to have it looked at here, and if it can't be fixed, I'll keep trying for one that works, because I really like the guitar...I just want it play properly. Anyone else having these issues? or did I just get a bad batch.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Blacktop Series is incredible!

By Jeremy

from Oviedo, Florida

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

I went searching for a new guitar, i was convinced i was going to walkout with a PRS(not me paying for it) when i stumbled into this. It plays pro quality tone that will blow your mind everytime you plug it in, and only for such a great pric, the deal really can't be beaten, this guitar is incredible.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

old rocker

By Wannabee

from Mississippi

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

Very good low priced tele. I especially like the humbuckers and the smooth neck. I can't turn the amp up hardly at all in the small room where I pay especially when in the drive channel. I can't seem to put this thing down and play my strat or les paul. Very good guitar for the money. I am also pleased with Musician's Friend service and shipping.
The blacktop telecaster guitar has all the features that I need for my purpose.
Everything seeems to be working as they were designed to do. The finish and neck are slick and smooth.
Price is right for what I got.

(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Blact top

Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

I gave it a 6 because of the set up, fret ends, super concave neck, high nut and loose cable jack
No nonsense features
For the price it seems pretty good. I bought it at GC and there was NO set up, none of the guitars on the wall were set up. It took me an hour to do a full set up but I feel that the nut is cut too high. I do like it though. I just play with friends in the garage so it fits my personal needs.
Guitars are over priced, period.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The sum of the whole is greater than the parts

By Itzed

from Maryland

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Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

I own lots of guitars, and this one really has some staying power. I love the high gloss American-like maple neck, the frets are nice, and the humbuckers are quiet with high output. The neck pickup can sound a little dark when playing clean, but when using distortion it really sings and produces a Trower like tone with real sweet sounds in the middle part of the neck. Both pickups sustain very well with a little gain, nailing lots of different rock sounds. Yet at the same time, the 25-1/2" scale, bridge, and saddles, can still yield a definite Fender sound, and dare I say, almost a twang. Tis is a very versatile guitar.
The humbuckers really sing, the high glossy neck is a a real beautiful delight, the reversed knob and switch plate stays out of your way during hard strumming, and the bridge is minimal and secure and doesn't transmit all that usual tele chime and ring. The other parts are standard mexican issue: cheap plastic nut, normal tuners, adequate saddles.
It's hard to rate this guitar for quality without standing back and recognizing this is a Mexican strat. So with that in mind, realize and accept that it's going to need a complete set up when it arrives. The neck was bowed, the saddles and intonation needed to be adjusted, and the nut needed to be cut with deeper slots. However, if you expect that, then what you are left with is a pretty decent quality instrument. The finish on the neck was even and beautiful, the frets were well finished and more importantly, even and level, and the tuners hold well.
This guitar is a terrific value for all the features you get. If I were to order my own custom tele, it would have st these same features, and getting them from parts after starting with something else would be a real pain, and end up costing a lot more.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar !!

By WDS

from WI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

    Bought this one in the used section from MF. It's a great guitar. If you are just starting out this would be the one for you. Very playable neck with a great sound. If you take it on the road might want to tweak the bride pickup for better highs. I put in a DiMarzio super distortion and it is just killer tone with searing highs and a powerful bottom end. That along with locking tuners ii's a rock and roll machine. For the price I paid you cannot go wrong.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    dialed in

    By DAVID SMITH

    from seattle

    Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

    the gloss neck is something that probably will chip over time...but thats to be expected.the guitar is what it is and will probably do anything(style) that i could throw at it.Bought this guitar to keep more expensive ones out of harms way(jams,ect).thanks fender
    I have been wanting a humbucker tele for some time now...and have tried a few out in the stores.i have always been quite imppressed with the tone of these things produce.It has the hotness that my other tele(texas tele)doesnt.
    The guitar came in perfect shape(quite surprised).i usually go through the standard tele setup and it dialed right in.String alignment is a pet pieive of mine as well as a poorly adjusted nut.I was ready to ship this thing back if those two were to much hassle.got to say it adjusted at the 4/64 without any severe consequences.i did toss around the rosewoodneck idea but i figured the maple might have a little more bite.I too prefer satin over gloss fingerboard.
    this guitar is a great starter or for something thats just a little out of the traditional tele box.i have had g&ls tribuites and much prefer this(just sayin)

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great deal, but may require minimal work.

    By AC-CfeEi

    from MA

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    Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

    I am very happy with this guitar so far. Along with the features, forgiving quality, and value this guitar is a must have. I can see this guitar going up in price after a while, you get so much more than a Standard Telecaster (Made In Mexico). The only thing I wish it came with is a gig bag (like the Standard). Only points I would deduct would be for the set up/finish and for no gig bag. If you want a Telecaster with an edge I would highly consider checking this guitar out. All players should be able to enjoy it. It is also asking to be modded with the humbucker cut outs, which is pretty unique for a Tele. Overall it is a great looking and souding guitar, highly recommenced. I have been trying to find a Tele the past couple months and I was leaning towards one with humbuckers so I first looked at the '72 Classic series. The Deluxe just didn't fit my hand print though so I was looking for something with a little chunkier neck. I liked the Custom and Thinline but I missed the humbucker in the bridge of the Deluxe and the Thinline sounded great but I didn't want the semi-hollow body. I then found this guitar and noticed it had all the features I wanted in a Tele," including some extras. The neck is a nice modern C shape neck with a 9.5"" radius (in between the Deluxe and Thinline) and I find it best of both worlds for chords and bends. This guitar also has 2 vintage/hot humbuckers", a nice maple (or rosewood) Telecaster neck (unlike the Strat style neck on the Deluxe) and a contours on the back which feels good on your gut. My favorite feature is probably the reverse control plate as it has easy access to the volume knob for volume swells.
    When I first got it I was impressed with the maple neck and even had a little flame and quilt in it. That gets some major points for me there, perfect if only the wood by truss rod didn't have a scuff. The frets were overall very nice as all jumbo/med frets are. The nut is cut alright but seems a little deep. I love the black paint of the body but the paint looks a little thin, which will probably check easily. The hardware is OK, and time will tell how the tuners hold up, some scratches were already on it. I wasn't very impressed with the set up as the intonation had to be set and it buzzes like crazy because they weren't screwed in enough. Easy fix but if you don't know how to set up a guitar read the manual that comes with it or take it to a tech. The high E string also broke right away so I would suggest some Ernie Ball 9-42 strings when you buy this guitar. After I set it up which took less than an hour, I finally plugged it in and it sounds great. Think more of a Fender Deluxe sound with a modern twist. Very warm and not really the classic tele twang, this was perfect for me though as I was going for an edgier sound. The cleans sound like P90 and surprisingly with added distortion it sounds even meaner. The tone pot isn't very responsive though and sound either off and on, not a problem for me as I keep it on 10. I don't say this lightly though so it could cause problems for some one else. My only other concern would be the input jack as it seems a little cheap and I have had ones of similar quality brake and need replacement.For the price this guitar can't be beat. I was looking at guitars almost twice the price and I think this guitar hangs in there with them at a lot lower cost of a modded Standard Telecaster (Made In Mexico) or Deluxe.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My new #1 guitar!

    By Paul E B

    from Quincy, IL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

      4 out of 5 stars only because the 3-way switch was bad, but several reviews suggested this so I bought a better switch to put in it and a bigger capacitor and rewired it the way I wanted it. The tone is stellar. This is my new #1 guitar now. My Gibson Les Paul may be jealous, but I can't say enough about this guitar. The neck and frets are perfect. This is one solid guitar for a fraction of the price of what I would expect to pay had I designed it myself. I would (and just might) buy more of these without hesitation. My favorite feature? A Tele that doesn't have that annoying twang or noise from single coils, and these humbuckers sound amazing. Nice & tight response. Cleans up great & can get downright mean when I want it to. THANK You Fender. This is the guitar I've been searching for since I began playing guitar.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      With a Little Work, a Great Guitar

      By hallcommajon

      from Austin, TX

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      Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

      I bought my Blacktop Tele in black with a maple fingerboard through the mail. It arrived in the unopened factory box. On first inspection, it looked fantastic: smooth, glossy finish, beautiful neck wood, all knobs, screws, etc. where they should be. After a quick home intonation, I tried it out and found that it would not stay in tune, and the tone control was seriously flawed--no change until completely rolled off, and then an abrupt change, like flipping a switch. I took it in for a professional setup, and the tech told me the neck was loose, the tuners were loose, and the nut was pinching. After the setup, the thing still wouldn't stay in tune. The tech refiled the nut. Then it *still* wouldn't stay in tune. I had a new, bone nut put on it, and now it stays tuned up fine. It sounds terrific on the bridge pickup: tight and focused, but beefy. The neck pickup is a disappointment and lacks low end, but once I get a new tone pot, that may allow me to fix that problem. The neck feels great, chunkier than a traditional Tele, and I love the comfort contouring on the back of the body. The reversed control layout is convenient too. Overall, I'd say this is a good guitar for the price, but be prepared to spend time and/or money getting it up to speed.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very cool

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

      I bought this guitar and the sheer volume from the pickups rival my les paul custom. I was worried that buying a telecaster I would lose that rock tone and it would give more of a country twang, but this thing is a monster. It is my first Tele and I'm not dissapointed. Outstanding and solid guitar for the gigging musician.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      yes

      By TURKEYBURKEY

      from FL

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

      its amazing, sounds sooooo good, looks sooo good. and its a great price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice, solid great looking guitar

      By Don

      from MA

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

        This is a nice, solid, great looking guitar. I was surprized at how well setup it was; it plays beautifully. That fact that it was made in Mexico seems to make no difference, except in price and possibly it's re-sale value. My only minor complaint is I wish Fender had gone with standard tele knobs and not flipped the pickup selector switch orientation. I replaced the "amp style" knobs with standard tele chrome style knobs and am having the pickup selector switch and volume / tone re-fitted like a standard traditional telecaster.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth the price you pay

        By Jesus Cortez

        from Normal, Il

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Good value
        • Killer Looks
        • Pickups

        Cons

        • Fretwork A Tad Sloppy
        • Gloss Neck Back

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

        I spied this guitar at a local shop in town and decided to trade my old 7 string in for a new six string to customize.I love fender guitars for the signature twang they possess, and strangely this tele seems to have it too even though one might think humbuckers would change that. That being said, the pickups have a really great vintage hot voicing that nails a classic rock/blues sound. However, they lack the output to really handle metal levels of overdrive/distortion. I like the neck dimensions, feels comfortable in my medium sized hands. The gloss finish on it kindof kills it for me though... but a little work with some steel wool or high grain sand paper outta clear that up. The gloss on the fretboard actually feels quite nice, but the fret edges look a little shoddy. Other than that they are fairly level and there are no bothersome frets in particular. The bridge is quite uncomfortable for resting the base of one's palm, but its tolerable. The skirted amp nobs are a nice touch, as are the reverse controls. Tuners are average, but serve their purpose well. Other than that is is a fairly simple double humbucker telecaster. It really is truely what you pay for, but it serves a great modding platform and isnt bad in the quality department for a lower priced guitar. All in all, its a double bucker tele with a unique look and a unique sound particularly good for jamming some Zeppelin.

        (1 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Very, very disappointed

        By marshallman57

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Looks Relatively Nice

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • School Bands

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

        I've been playing guitar for almost 20 years now and never have I been more disappointed than I am with this guitar. I would usually buy single coil Fender but I really was curious to see how these blacktops fared against the others. I read a some reviews and all seemed good so I went ahead and spent my hard earned money and never in my life have I been so disappointed with a purchase of any kind. The humbuckers on this guitar really kill the vintage Fender Tele tone but they don't compare to anything on the Epiphone side. Basically, in my opinion, if you want something with humbuckers, buy a les paul, and if you want that vintage Fender tone buy a Fender with single coils.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great right outa the box!!

        By Bluesguy54

        from Connecticut

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

          My Blacktop Tele w/maple finger board play great right out of the box. No fret buzz and nice action. I brought it to my guitar tech after a couple of weeks and had it set up and it plays better. I would definitly recomend this guitar. The only thing I wish is that the body didn't have the contour like the Strat.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Power House Yet Quiet Tele

          By Rogers Tele Guy

          from Rogers, MN

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          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

          The Blacktop Telecaster is a great value! The over-wound Alnico Hummbuckers produce a very hot signal, yet are virtual noiseless compared to my Highway One, and MIM (Made In Mexico) Standard Telecasters. Tone is subjective, but in my opinion I would say it's slightly less "twangy" than the MIM Standard, & Highway One. The contoured body is very comfortable for playing while seated. The Blacktop Tele is MIM. I would rate the workmanship, fit & finish at "Very Good". I bought the Candy Apple Red/Maple. It really is a very beautiful guitar. It is also very nice to have the reversed pickup switch plate. I'm thinking about converting my other 2 Tele's to a reversed switch plate as well. Buy it! You'll like it!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Telecaster

          By NewFenderFan-DL9hk

          from Sacramento, CA

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

          I was thinking of buying the Stratocaster Blacktop but I liked the way this felt a little more. I'm definitely not disappointed. This is my first Fender. It's very well made and sounds great. The glossy maple neck is sweet. I'm an intermediate and hopefully this will take me to the next level. Thank you, Musicians Friend. You guys are THE BEST, HANDS DOWN.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Budget Guitar Available

          By Guitar Slinger

          from Columbus, Oh

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          Comments about Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH Electric Guitar (Maple Fingerboard):

          Just received the Silver Blacktop Tele HH/Maple. After playing it for a week I have to say it is without a doubt the best $500 guitar on the market. I'm still very surprised with the quality and sound of this beauty. No wonder several Guitar Sites have this listed as the best budget guitar on the market. I have to agree! I own other "classic" tele"s, strats and Gibson's and this HH/Tele sounds as good as my high priced custom Teles and Gibson LP. The tone and sustain is incredible with the new humbuckers. The fact that it's made in mexico shouldn't scare you from this quality guitar. Fender hit a homerun with this affordable guitar that sounds great no matter what style you play.

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