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Blacktop Stratocaster HH, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Blacktop series.


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Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH review

Fender Blacktop Series Review

Fender Blacktop Series Review

Fender Puts On a Spurt Instead of launching the umpteenth reissue of a catalog instrument, Fender decided to innovate by mounting high-output passive humbuckers on a new series called Black Top. This new product range includes a Telecaster, a Jaguar and a Stratocaster equipped with the same pickup combination based on two humbuckers. The Jazzmaster gets a more original pickup combination with one humbucker (Hot Vintage Alnico Bridge Humbucking Pickup) and one P-90 in the neck position. Read more…

Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Fender
  • Model: Blacktop Stratocaster HH
  • Series: Blacktop
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 09/15/2010

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Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 7 reviews )
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heads on fire01/31/2012

heads on fire's review"Classy, yet smokin'."

Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH
Model Name: Blacktop™ Stratocaster® HH
Series: Blacktop™
Color / MSRP* / Part # :
Black
$739.99
014-8100-506
Candy Apple Red
$739.99
014-8100-509
Sonic Blue
$739.99
014-8100-572
Black
$739.99
014-8102-506
Candy Apple Red
$739.99
014-8102-509
Sonic Blue
$739.99
014-8102-572
Body

Body Material: Alder
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Neck

Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dots on Maple, White Dots on Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple
Neck Material: Maple
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" Hex Adjustment
Electronics

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
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Hardware

Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tips: Black or Aged White
Tremolo Arm Handle: Vintage Style Tremolo Arm, Black Tip on (506),(509); Aged White Tip on (572)
Tools

Truss Rod Wrench: 0.1875"
Miscellaneous

Strings: Fender® USA Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: HH Pickup Configuration, Custom Switching, Black Skirted Amp Knobs
Accessories

Included Accessories: Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench, Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench
Control Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs


UTILIZATION

This is a solid guitar from Fender. The traditional Stratocaster is very fun to play - the three single coil pickups give a lot of fun, usable tones. However, most traditional Stratocasters suffer from a noise problem - using any kind of high-gain sound is almost impossible to do. This is where the Blacktop HH comes in. This guitar gives all the good Strat benefits like playability, balance, comfort - yet the pickups are humbuckers, which help block out the hum that single coils can be plagued with. One thing that's very impressive to me is this Candy Apple Red finish! It is expertly applied, and the hue is phenomenal. Another nice detail is that Fender decided to use amp knobs on this guitar, rather than their usual Strat knobs. The finish, with the knobs and the covered humbuckers make for a very classy looking Strat.

SOUNDS

These pickups were surprising to me at this price level. They remind me of a late 60s Gibson SG-type response and output. They are hotter than normal, but with plenty of definition and warmth. The bridge pickup is blazing, cutting, and dynamic, where the neck pickup imparts a nice singing quality to the notes. This is essentially a Strat that sounds like an old SG, which is a very good thing!

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, this is quite a good instrument. I'm glad Fender is branching out of their more traditional fare and offering more modern features that players are looking for. Humbucking pickups now are far more popular than single coils, simply because so many more players are using the high-gain setups, and to have a classy Strat that can help provide this is very nice. Thanks, Fender!
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James...12/28/2011

James...'s review"Needs some work"

Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH
A Unique Stratocaster Design with Powerful Humbucker Tone!
Alder Body with Bolt-on Maple Neck
Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard (as shown)
Hot Vintage Alnico Humbucking Bridge and Neck Pickup
Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines


Mexican made. Basic strat specs. Rosewood board. 3 control knobs with classic bridge. 2 humbucker pickups.

UTILIZATION

First of all my biggest issue is the tuners. They are garbage. Mine out of the box were very hard to turn and wouldn't stay in tune very well at all. They are borderline unusable even for the least picky players. The setup as well was pretty bad. It took about an hour of messing with the bridge and truss rod to get an action that was playable. The neck angle needed a ton of adjustment. The bridge is hard to adjust because some of the hardware is very cheap. And the finish is pretty cheap feeling. I know it sounds like I'm being harsh on what is a budget Mexi made guitar and maybe I am. The electronics, while feeling cheap work well enough. Overall I guess I feel dissapointed because in the past, Fender's mexican line has wowed me and this is just not good for their standards. Not to mention the equivalent G&L model feels way better.

SOUNDS

When I got it home I plugged it into my Matchless Chieftain combo. The tone was a bit disappointed. I feel like this guitar is not a victim of bad pickups, but more a victim of bad wiring, and cheap wood. I think if you gutted it and put in some new pots and maybe a set of Duncans you would have something. The pickups tend to sound pretty sterile no matter what you do with the tone knobs. I'm not expecting miracles from a guitar at this price, but with the overseas makers ramping up their game, I think Fender should be able to do better than this.

OVERALL OPINION

With new tuners, new electronics, new pickups, maybe a new bridge, and a good setup, this guitar would be very playable and probably tourable. But we're talking about $300 worth of upgrades which would get most players into American or GL territory. I hate to bash on a manufacturer that has given me so many good guitars but this was a letdown and I'll be returning it.
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ericthegreat11/01/2011

ericthegreat's review"You will love fender"

Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH
I own the Fender Getty Lee Jazz Bass made in Japan, and I have played many Fender P Basses made in Mexico and the in USA. This brand new Black Top P Bass became available July 1, 2011 and I think I was the 1st person to purchase it thru The GC in Buffalo on July 2nd. I have this new Fender already and it is amazing.

UTILIZATION

The body is alder, the neck is solid maple, the weight is great, just right - and the 2 pickps have the sound and the great capabilities to vary the sound - unlike the standard P basses have been. Wow, try it out for yourself; I know you'll agree with all that I have described.

SOUNDS

The 2 humbucking pickups are unbelievable. Just like Fender describes this New P Bass: "Sleek and supercharged, the Blacktop Precision Bass guitar features two pummeling humbucking pickups that make it one of the most powerful basses—if not the most powerful bass—Fender has ever offered". Yes, it is absolutely the most powerful bass I have ever played. When I asked some of the staff pro bass players at GC to try it out for me, they were surprised how nice it is, the fantastic sound, look and feel, they were impressed.


OVERALL OPINION


Awesome guitar with lots of kick and easy action. two sets of Humbucking pickups give it loads of power. Like the "no buzz" of the passive pickups. The finish on the body is ok, but certainly not top quality you would expect from Fender. The sound does tend to make up for that. For the money, I prefer the sound over looks. Also note, I don't recommend shipping this item to your home unless you have the skills to set it up, because it arrived unplayable. I guess that's one of the differences between a MIM and a USA made Fender
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05/18/2014

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Supercharged"

Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH
Mexican guitar, 22 frets on rosewood fretboard and maple neck, alder body and especially two humbucker "hot alnico" kind of super PAF.

UTILIZATION

A strat ... you can hardly do better!

SOUNDS

This is what the strong point of this guitar, offering a double strat. The pickups are great, powerful but not restricted to rock, they sound good in all styles, from jazz to metal (yes sir) through the blues. I'm not a big fan of positions splite, nice, but not really interesting face full humbucking positions. Gibson sound typed with 7ender dynamic, it includes made super strat 80's!

OVERALL OPINION

Well-born hip, versatile, not too expensive and sounds. Impeccable finishes, but he remains at large??
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