September 16, 2010
The guitars all feature high-gain humbucking pickups and black accents.
Scottsdale, AZ (September 17, 2010) -- Fender introduces the new Blacktop guitar series, which expands the sonic horizon of classic Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars by powering them with high-gain humbucking pickups. The Blacktop series delivers on modern player demands for a thick and heavy sound, with guitars that drive a wide array of deep, rich and aggressive tones to match the intensity of any playing style.
The new series includes the Blacktop Stratocaster HH, Blacktop Telecaster HH, Blacktop Jaguar HH and Blacktop Jazzmaster HS guitars. All feature dual over-wound alnico humbucking pickups that deliver high-gain power and heavy tones (Blacktop Jazzmaster HS has a single humbucking bridge pickup and a single-coil neck pickup), skirted black amp knobs, modern 9.5”-radius fretboard and medium jumbo frets for easy playability, and a gloss polyester finish.
In addition to the features above, Blacktop Stratocaster HH features a synchronized tremolo bridge that allows smooth bends with stable intonation, alder body, maple neck, choice of maple or rosewood fretboard, and chrome hardware.
Blacktop Telecaster HH also features a reversed chrome control plate that puts both control knobs even closer at hand, a hard-tail bridge that anchors solid tuning stability, alder body, maple neck, choice of maple or rosewood fretboard, and chrome hardware.
Blacktop Jaguar HH has the shorter 24” scale the model has always been known for, an Adjusto-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece that takes a lot of punishment maintaining tuning stability, a lean control layout featuring a tonally convenient single three-way toggle switch, alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard and chrome hardware.
Blacktop Jazzmaster HS has a Duncan Designed single-coil Jazzmaster neck pickup for classic Jazzmaster round tone; a Duncan Designed humbucking bridge pickup that delivers high-gain power and thickness; a Jazzmaster tremolo tailpiece for smooth, subtle bending with solid tuning stability; a lean control layout featuring a tonally convenient single three-way toggle switch; alder body; maple neck; rosewood fretboard; and chrome hardware.
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Source: Press Release