I bought my Blacktop Strat a few years ago when they were a fairly new item. Mine is sonic blue, which is gorgeous (as opposed to the black shown here). Originally it was set up absolutely horrendously, but since I have had it set up properly. To me the neck feels a bit dead and the pickups are slightly too dark and muddy for my tastes. However, I think it sounds fantastic and beefy when tuned a whole step down.
I've used this strat on several recordings and played this guitar live countless times. As soon as I picked it up I instantly bonded with the neck, perfect and strat. Right now this guitar is strung with 10-52 but I do feel it would be better with 11-56, but that may just be me. The pickups in this guitar are very hot, pushing the front end of my fender champ into a nice natural overdrive when I crank the clean volume knob. My only complaint with this guitar is that the sustain isn't great and the pickups have become slightly micro-phonic with there age. But if I was asked a simple question "Would you buy this guitar again" I would as it gives me the ability to play almost any genre and it suits my playing style just right.
Before getting this guitar, I was expecting an Epiphone Pro Electric guitar, due its capability to split coils and get more versality during my playing. Then I went to the store and the clerk told me to try this one. After this, I loved the tone and how easy was to play this guitar thought the maple neck.
Now, three years later, maybe I would change the bridge pick-up, because it is not bringing my derised output (unpaired with the neck pickup). It is still in great shape and looking, recently I did some tweaks to the coils and it sounds with more natural compression.
For single coils lovers, I must admit that the single coil sound is about a 60-65% compared to a ceramic single coil. As humbucker, it has its full sound.
Update: Recently I did a modification to the pickups' iron bars, having middle strings with the max height and the rest in a ladder way. It made to drastically change the sound which I was finding, so it feels and sounds more natural and acoustic. In this way, the split coils sounds more like a legit single coil. However, would be good trying some pickups from the market.
This is my favourite guitar that I have ever played or owned. Again I want another one. Upgraded this with an Original Floyd Rose and a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge with a Dimarzio Air Norton in the neck. White Scratch Plate to make it a little classier. The perfect guitar for me! The one I would grab in a fire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ1e1kBKkJ0