Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH Maple Fingerboard - Candy Apple RedStock code: 88513
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- Blacktop Hardware
- Hot Vintage Alnico Humbucking Pickups
- Custom 5-way pickup selection
- Classic Fender design
Fender have really juiced-up the worlds favourite electric guitar with the Blacktop Stratocaster, adding some seriously high-powered pickups to bring us a guitar that will be very much suited to high-gain environments. Built in Fender's excellent Mexican facility, the Blacktop will appeal to players who are looking for an innovative instrument in a familiar style. The "HH" indicates 2 Humbucking pickups, rather than the more traditional "SSS" configuration of 3 single coils.
Essentially we have here a Standard Stratocaster alder body with a bolt-on 22-fret maple neck and all the usual modern spec like synchronised tremolo bridge and medium-jumbo frets.
The chrome-covered Hot Vintage Alnico Humbuckers catch the eye straight away, have been over-wound for increased midrange bark, and along with clever configuration of the 5-way switch, we have a range of awesome sonic possibilities here. You can select just the bridge humbucker for stinging solos, just the neck humbucker for huge rhythmic chord work or both together for a nice all-round balance. Position 2 on the switch splits the two humbuckers giving you a single-coil from both, or position 4 brings in just the front coil of the neck pickup. These sounds are not what you normally associate with a Stratocaster, but neither are the looks! Cool-yet-quirky black Fender amplifier knobs adorn the volume pot and a tone control for each pickup. Check out the rest of the Blacktop range which includes a Telecaster, Jaguar and Jazzmaster in a range of finishes.
Rick Manning, Dawsons Music Leeds
|Country Of Origin||No|
|Pickups||Hot Vintage Alcino Humbuckers|
|Free Accessories||Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench | Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench|
|Active / Passive||Passive|
|Key Stage||Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Manufacturers Link||Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH Maple Fingerboard - Candy Apple Red|
|Model Name||Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH|
|Finish||(509) Candy Apple Red|
|Number of Frets||22|
|Fret Size||Medium Jumbo|
|Position Inlays||Black Dots on Maple, White Dots on Rosewood|
|Fretboard Radius||9.5" (24.1 cm)|
|Neck Finish||Gloss Urethane|
|Nut Width||1.650” (42 mm)|
|Scale Length||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Neck Plate||Vintage Style 4 Bolt|
|Truss Rod Nut||3/16" Adjustable Hex Nut|
|Bridge Pickup||Hot Vintage Alnico Humbucking Bridge Pickup|
|Neck Pickup||Hot Vintage Alnico Humbucking Neck Pickup|
|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|
|Controls||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)|
|Bridge||Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tuning Machines||Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines|
|String Nut||Synthetic Bone|
|Switch Tips||Black or Aged White|
|Tremolo Arm Handle||Vintage Style Tremolo Arm|
|Truss Rod Wrench||0.1875"|
|Unique Features||HH Pickup Configuration, Custom Switching, Black Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Included Accessories||Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench, Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench|
|Control Knobs||Skirted Amp Knobs|
Posted on 29/01/2012 by Kurtkonig
I am about to buy one. I tested several in-store and decided to buy a candy apple red one with a maple neck.
The 5 positions give a lot of tone possibilities and the build quality is very good. Overall it’s a very good guitar, for a very decent price.
Les Paul killer
Posted on 27/09/2011 by gorfy
Great guitar for learners to pro’s, with a stunningly fast neck, bright tone and above all very good build quality. It’s worth every penny.