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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Olddogmike, Oct 24, 2020.
I just had this one last week. Deluxe Series.
What about the Blacktop strat
3dit: Hadn’t yet read the rest of the thread...
Ok..Ok , I did say I’m far from an expert . So in some regard I’m right
I learned something!!!
Have you seen my avitar? I have up to seven so far.
Well you are the other side of a big pond...
about 15or 16 years ago, I bought an American strat with 2 humbuckers, no single coil. So I'm sure they had existed...loll
I wanted to have the sound of a LesPaul, but did'nt like Gibson neck. So I found an american strat with 2 hbrs...but it was not enough to approach the Les Paul's sound unfortunatly, so I sold it.
Those are Gibson reflector knobs.
If it is a legit MiM and not a Partscaster, the pickguard may have been rewired to H-H if it's not a Blacktop.
Check the pots... if the originals were reused (and if it was originally an S-S-S or H-S-S config), they would be 250k, which tends to make humbuckers a bit dark.
But also, humbuckers ARE darker than Strat single coils... too dark for the tastes of some.
And further forgiveness... I don't think the Blacktop series has been marketed in the US. Seems to be a UK/EU model.
I have owned 2 different Fender "Blacktops". The first series were like the one you have here with two humbuckers, but the pickups on mine did NOT have the large chrome covers. It was verified by Fender to be a Blacktop and it was a very nice guitar:
The second one (I still have it) was first introduced by Fender as a MIM FSR last Fall and it was available in two different models, one with 2 humbuckers and one with 3 humbuckers, and all hardware was done in gold. Not the "finest guitar" that I've ever owned, but certainly beautiful! I have changed a few things on mine so that it really is ALL black, and changed the knobs and selector switch tip to gold. And the Tremolo cover was is just for grins!
Conclusion: Never under estimate the number of configurations that Fender can come up with, or their ability to re-use a model name!!
Hey thanks !!!
Actually, the series was marketed and sold in the US. I bought mine new in Michigan in 2010 or 2011.
I've owned two Blacktop Strat's, that were made in 2012. They had a 5-way super switch, that allowed the use of the inner coils (out of phase sound) or outer coils (Tele like sound), in positions 2 and 4. They were very versatile, but didn't sound the same as a single coil Strat. These guitars have my all time favorite Fender neck. They have a little more shoulder than most Fender necks. I kept the maple neck, because it was slightly thicker than the rosewood neck. It is on my number 1 Partscaster.
Here is my Blacktop with a SSS loaded pickguard.
Here is where my Blacktop neck resides. I will never sell it!!!
Assuming the pickups have four wires each, you can add a switch or a push-pull pot or push-push pot to split them. They will then work as single coil pickups when desired. I put together a Strat-like guitar like that, and that feature works beautifully.
Can you remove the covers? It might brighten up the pickups.
If the OP's is a Blacktop, then the original smooth shaft pots and amp knobs were replaced with splined shaft pots and Gibson knobs.
Bought one in the US in 2012. We were swarming with them for a while.
I owned a Blacktop tele six years ago. Installed locking tuners, changed the pickups to BK P90s
and the bridge to Hipshot. Never got it to feel right, so I sold it.
What? I've owned a half dozen of them.
But... Lonn, if you have only owned a half dozen of them, that proves how rare they must be!!!