New Fender Black Top Series Guitars

UPDATE!!!!! UPDATE!!!!! They are up for sale, so those of you who have been dying to get your hands on the Blacktop, nows the chance…..

The long awaited and debated Black Top guitars are here.  Fender is releasing, sometime in September, 4 new guitars.  They are all body styles we know and love: the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, and Jaguar (pictured below in this order).  If the street price that is rumored is correct, $450, then we can expect them to take off.

Telecaster HH – The Telecaster features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood or maple fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico,  and the neck pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico, both are nickel covered and humbuckers.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 22 Medium Jumbo frets.  3 position pickup switch.  Available in Black, Candy Apple Red, and Silver, with Black pick guard.

Stratocaster – The Stratocaster features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood or maple fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico,  and the neck pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico, both are nickel covered and humbuckers.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 22 Medium Jumbo frets.  5 position pickup switch.  Position 1 is just the bridge humbucker, position 2 is both pickups, but just the inner single coils.  Position 3 is both humbuckers in full.  Position 4 is just the outer single coil in the neck.  Position 5 is the neck humbucker. Available in Black, Candy Apple Red, and Sonic Blue with either a Black or Mint Green pick guard.

Jazzmaster – The Jazzmaster features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Ducan Designed Humbucker,  and the neck pickup is a Jazzmaster Single coil pickup.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 21 Medium Jumbo frets.  3 position pickup switch.  American Vintage Jazzmaster Tremolo with Adjusto-Matic bridge and Tremolo lock button.  Available in 3-color Sunburst and Black, with either a Black or Mint Green pick guard.

Jaguar – The Jaguar features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico,  and the neck pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico, both are nickel covered and humbuckers.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 22 Medium Jumbo frets.  3 position pickup switch.  Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tail piece.  Available in Silver and Black, with either a black or mint green pick guard.

I will be excited to try these out, as I am sure many others will be.  With a September launch, it will be a while, but if someone gets a hold of one before I can post and say my experience with them, please share.  I will be doing a follow up on each of the guitars separately as I get a chance to play them.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I would like to know where are they made. USA? CHINA or MEXICO? that would make a difference.

    Reply

    • They are made in Mexico. They are cheaper than the Mexican Strats/Teles. I haven’t yet got my hands on the Strat or Tele blacktop, but I’m sure they play great.

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