NAMM 2012: Fender Adds To Their Blacktop Series (with pics)

By: Staff

Unveiled at NAMM 2012: Fender is proud to introduce three highly distinctive new additions to its acclaimed Blacktop series of guitars, a family that expands the sonic horizons of the Fender classics with high-powered features and design mods. The three new instruments are the Blacktop Telecaster Baritone, Blacktop Stratocaster HSH and Blacktop Jaguar 90 (exclusive pics below).

The Blacktop series presents a unique new model in the form of the Blacktop Telecaster Baritone guitar. A true baritone Telecaster, it creates a thick, rich sound of distinctive depth and character with a 27” scale, lowdown B-to-B tuning, and a very versatile triple-pickup configuration that includes a full-throated humbucking bridge pickup.

The instrument has an alder body, maple neck, 9.5”-radius rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and aged white position markers, single-coil Telecaster neck and middle pickups, humbucking bridge pickup, five-way pickup switch, three-ply pickguard, skirted black volume and tone knobs, Blacktop Telecaster bridge and chrome hardware. The three finish options include Classic Copper, Ghost Silver and Three-color Sunburst.

The Blacktop Stratocaster HSH amps up the already blistering Blacktop Stratocaster HH model with the unique addition of a single-coil Telecaster middle pickup in between the full-throttle neck and bridge humbucking pickups. A formidable guitar that was already pretty versatile has now become even more so.

The HSH features 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, skirted black volume and tone knobs and black trem arm tip, Blacktop Stratocaster bridge and chrome hardware, with the different finish options being Black and Titanium Silver.

Those who prefer their big cats to purr rather than roar will love the alluring sound and lithe form of the Blacktop Jaguar 90. We’ve taken the humbucking Blacktop Jaguar HH and outfitted it with two single-coil pickups that give it a whole new sonic personality. Distinctive features include the classic Jaguar 24” scale, skirted black amp knobs (volume, tone) and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with stop tailpiece. Other features include an alder body, maple neck, 9.5”-radius rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and aged white position markers, three-way toggle pickup switching, three-ply pickguard (black-white-black) and chrome hardware. Finish options include Two-color Sunburst and Candy Apple Red.

For more information, go to www.fender.com.

Fender Blacktop Baritone Telecasters

Fender Blacktop Baritone Telecasters

Two Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90 and a Strat HSH on the right

Two Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90 and a Strat HSH on the right

The long neck of the Fender Blacktop Baritone Tele

The long neck of the Fender Blacktop Baritone Tele

Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90

Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90

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