Well if you’re in the market for a Fender with humbuckers this post should seriously make your day… the company –– best known for a long and illustrious line of iconic single-coil loaded instruments –– has announced the release of an entire series of new instruments armed with humbuckers, including all of their biggest sellers: Strats, Teles, Jaguars and Jazzmasters.
Officially titled the Blacktop Series, I’m guessing these beauties must be made in Mexico, as they seem to be selling for a street price in the mid-$400 range.
Models include the Blacktop Stratocaster HH, Blacktop Telecaster HH, Blacktop Jaguar HH, and the Blacktop Jazzmaster HS (yep, they managed to sneak a single-coil in there!)
While there are clearly some differences in parts used, generally speaking the Blacktop guitars are loaded with high-powered, over-wound Hot Vintage Alnico Humbucker pickups, bodies of Alder, Maple necks with Rosewood or Maple fingerboards (9.5″ radius,) 22 Medium Jumbo frets, gloss poly finish, 3-ply black pickguards, chrome hardware, synthetic bone nut, and skirted black amp-style knobs.
The Blackout Series of guitars are clearly being marketed towards today’s younger high-gain crowd, and at such a low price-point it seems very possible that Fender will have a winner on its hands if it can adequately get the word out to the youthful shredder market… I’ll be interested to see how this pans out.