There was a time when Fenders had single-coil pickups and Gibsons had humbuckers, and people were okay with that. You paid your money, took your choice. Then hard rock happened and suddenly everyone wanted more power from their pickups.
By the early 1970s, the chisels were out and humbuckers were in, no matter what you played. Fender got the message and released the twin humbucker- equipped Tele Deluxe and Thinline in 1972.
Later in the decade, tinkerer extraordinaire Edward Van Halen drove the point home by forcing a humbucker into the bridge position of a 'Strat-style' body and the rest is history.
The legacy of that early tonal cross-fertilisation can be seen in this Fender Blacktop Strat which features an all mahogany body.
Body Material: Mahogany
Body Finish: Gloss Poly
Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
Fingerboard: Pau Ferro, 9.5" (241 mm)
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: White Dot
Nut: Synthetic Bone, 1.650" (42 mm)
Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Pickups: Powerful Alnico Humbucker (Bridge, Middle, Neck)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and
Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge
Control Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs
Hardware Finish: Gold
This FSR (Fender Special Run) Blacktop Strat was bought new by its current owner in 2019. It has always been a “home guitar” and has rarely been out of its case. It presents pretty much as new. No marks or wear to be seen, no changes or modifications and no issues.
It has been professionally set up and is playing great.
While it is possibly a most un-Fender like specification with those 3 alnico humbuckers, this guitar offers some souped up power for those that may prefer the Fender feel, scale length and balance to that of its Gibson competitors. The inclusion of some classy humbuckers hasn't diluted what makes this classic Fender design great - instead, it's thrown up a bunch of great new tones to go with that renowned Fender playability.
The Blacktop Series guitars usually come in a Fender gig bag, but the big bonus with this one is its fitted hard shell DP Stage case in new condition.
Video Demo - https://youtu.be/-zkG4d7wcj4