Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar Candy Apple Red 886830663109

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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, 9.5"-radius maple 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: maple
  • Position inlays: black 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
  • Case sold separately

A Strat for today's rocker!

 

Blacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241mm)
  • Frets: 22, medium jumbo
  • Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
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FenderBlacktop Stratocaster HH with Maple Fretboard Electric Guitar
 
4.7

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5.0

WOW! Awesome guitar and an AWESOME DEAL!

By Caffn8ted

from Jacksonville, IL.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts

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

I've been wanting a MIM Strat for a while now...and I'm always looking for a good deal. That's why I tend to troll around the "buy used" tabs on M123 and other retailer sites. The Strat Blacktop HH that I purchased was considered a used one and it was rated "C-Good Condition" by Music123. That is just above "D-Needs Repair". If you read the description of "C" you are warned that the guitar will have cosmetic issues and you should be prepared for those but that it will play properly.

So I steeled myself for a well used road warrior that still sounded good and played well.

What I GOT was...welll...I really can't believe that they even put it in the used category. There is a blemish...a single mark that I would not even call a gouge above the tremolo cover on the back of the body. THE BACK! If you are playing the guitar it is not visible to you or an audience. You really have to go looking for it, and it is not all that deep. This is the kind of mark that you might find on a guitar hanging on the wall of one of our local music shops. You could point it out to the owner and get a, "yeah, so whatta you gonna do?" You definitely would not be able to use this mark as a point of negotiation on the price.

As I pulled it out of the box, I was stunned to find that this guitar still had the pick guard plastic in place. I peeled it off myself! The tremolo cover still had the protective plastic on it. The rest of the body of the guitar is FLAWLESS. I got the black (with black pick guard...GREAT look).

Frankly, I started to get a little worried that, since it looked so good, there might be something wrong with the way it plays. NOPE!

This is a big step up for me in an electric. I have some very nice acoustics that I've played for 30 years. I just really started experimenting with electric about a year ago and I'm loving it. I have a Squier Strat (China) and an entry level Epiphone that I found used. Both are okay, but now that I've played my Blacktop HH Strat, I can't believe that I've been putting up with the cheapies for so long!!

This thing is AMAZING!! It is set up beautifully right out of the box...I went through several tunings the first half hour or so of playing just letting the strings stretch and the bridge settle in. From there...incredible. The first time I took it out of the box, I did not put it down for FOUR HOURS. EVERYTHING that I played on this was just so much BETTER. The sound is incredible. The Humbuckers are big and bold and you can get everything from crunchy to smooth out of them depending on the switching. Messing with the tone knobs and toggle, you can even get a very passable hollow-body jazz sound out of them. Dial it up, and you get the aural equivalent of a Mack Truck.

The intonation was perfect right out of the box. Even the very high notes...all the way up to 22...ring true and loud and clear and very definitely in tune. They are also so VERY easy to play! With my Squier, I feel like I'm wrestling with it anytime I try to fret above 15. Not so with this baby...so smooth!

I'm done writing...I want to get back to playing!! If you are looking for a GREAT Strat...this is it. If you are looking for a GREAT DEAL...do NOT hesitate to check out Music123's "buy used" sections. They very definitely will treat you right. Also, even though I bought used...I still had it within three days and I get all of the manufacturer warranties and return protection as if I'd bought new (no "second class citizen" status for used buyers). I want to tell you what I paid, but they say no pricing. I will tell you this...it was more than 40% off STREET price (not list). I know...AWESOME deal!! Even if you wind up paying full asking price for this great guitar, you're definitely getting your money's worth.

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5.0

Love it !

By George-J-H.Q

from Seattle, WA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

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

    This Blacktop Strat MIM is absolutely perfect in my opinion. I have about 20 guitars and this is the first one that is playable right out of the box, only had to tune it, first guitar I did not have to make any other adjustments. String height was perfect, and tremelo arm works very well! #9 strings are just the gauge I prefer! Very comfortable to hold and very solidly built! Been playing guitar for over 50 years and have about 20 guitars, and this one will be picked up first!

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    4.0

    Super Nice Guitar

    By Peter Bruley

    from Undisclosed

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

    One of the big differences between the American made strat and the Mexican made strat is that the American Strats have 22 frets and the Mexican strats 21 frets.

    This blacktop, even though it is made in Mexico has 22 frets !!!!! and it's less than the standard ... Awesome.

    Another cool thing about the Blacktop is that the body cavity is large in order to accomodate the dual-humbuckers. This is really great if you want to experiment with different loaded pickguards because you can put anything in this guitar: SSS, HSS, HH or even HSH.

    The neck on this guitar is really nice and the slightly longer trem handle is nice too.

    If you want a Fender Strat this is the one to get.

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