Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HSH Electric Guitar
(Black Rosewood Fingerboard)
Solid Body Electric Guitars
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This product has been discontinued but may be available as a Open Box item.
Raw humbucking power with added single-coil versatility.
The Blacktop Stratocaster HSH amps up the already blistering Blacktop Stratocaster HH model with the unusual addition of a single-coil Telecaster middle pickup amid the full-throttle neck and bridge humbucking pickups. A scorchingly formidable guitar that was already extremely versatile thus becomes even more so.
Features include an alder body, maple neck, 9.5”-radius rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and aged white position markers, humbucking neck and bridge pickups, single-coil Telecaster middle pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard (black-white-black), skirted black amp knobs (one volume, two tone) and black trem arm tip, Blacktop Stratocaster vintage-style tremolo and chrome hardware.
- Alder body
- 25.5" Scale C-shape maple neck
- 9.5" Radius rosewood fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets
- Blacktop Tele single-coil middle pickup
- Blacktop Humbucking Strat neck and bridge pickups
- Master volume and tone
- 5-Way pickup selector switch
- Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
Own the best of both worlds and order the new HSH Strat today.
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Comments about Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HSH Electric Guitar:
A black-n-chrome Strat? Fantastic! It HAD to be a Fender and it HAD to have "3" pickups, otherwise it would look weird. I didn't like the grey tremless HSH Strat Music123's affiliate Guitar Center was trying to sell to me (ditto for the HH black Strat). ALL GCs within a 100-mile radius didn't have the Blacktop HSH. Except for the headstock and the back of the neck, the color theme throughout is black and chrome.
Sound wise, this guitar is exceptional for what it is: a Mexican Strat with two entry-level, chrome-covered, humbuckers sandwiching a cheap, chrome-covered, entry-level (telecaster neck) SC pickup. The HBs work (even on the ridiculously cheap ~$100 Bugera tube amp. The guitar can go from super-clean tones to ear-shredding crunchy tones, courtesy of the standard Fender 5-way selector and 3 knobs (1 of which is the volume knob). This is a professional-grade musical instrument, folks. Being made in Mexico doesn't make it any less of a high-quality Strat. I was stunned by the quality of it. Normally, you get this kind of quality from guitars costing thousands more. Expect to swap out strings, although it ships with barely acceptable strings. The trem arm works, especially for those of us that can't bend chords without a whammy bar like Eric Clapton, whose Strats are notorious for not having a tremolo arm.
As I expect to swap out the pickups, I have no complaints about the guitar, however, I have some complaints about Fender's packaging: would it kill your profit margin to include a set-up instruction (not all of us have guitars with whammy bars)? Not even 1 measly set-up sheet? The guitar arrived tuned! WTF!!! Who the hell ships a guitar tuned? It gives the impression that someone played it, returned it, and they didn't even bother checking it before selling it, even though we all know that the quality guys most likely tuned it to check out the guitar. Still. De-tune your damn guitars before they ship! if I had my pick, the fret board would be maple. However, the black rosewood fingerboard provides a striking contrast that I like, especially when viewed from the player's perspective.