Drive your sound with raw humbucking power. Fender’s new and innovative Blacktop™ guitar series expands the sonic horizon of classic Fender Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Jazzmaster® and Jaguar® guitars by powering them with high-gain humbucking pick...
Zachary has been playing this Fender Blacktop Jaguar ever since he started his project DIIV, as can see in his live perfomances, the appearance of the guitar already shows that it has been used a lot. It has a peeling in white, losing the original colour (black) of the guitar. In the white part it has a "HI" written in black adhesive tape, and in the black part it has a "DARLING" written in white adhesive tape.more
Drive your sound with raw humbucking power. Fender’s new and innovative Blacktop™ guitar series expands the sonic horizon of classic Fender Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Jazzmaster® and Jaguar® guitars by powering them with high-gain humbucking pickups. The Blacktop series delivers on modern player demands for a thick and heavy sound with guitars that drive a wide array of deep, rich and aggressive tones that match the intensity of any playing style.
Sleek and supercharged, the Blacktop Jaguar HH has dual over-wound alnico humbucking pickups, with other distinctive touches including skirted black amp knobs, a slinky 24” scale, Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with stop tailpiece and a lean control layout featuring a tonally convenient single three-way toggle switch. Other features include an alder body, maple neck with 9.5”-radius rosewood fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, gloss polyester finish and chrome hardware.
As with any Jags: the short scale feels very comfortable for rhythmic playing and string bending but can turn a little tedious on the upper frets. Once you set its pickups properly it has a decent sustain. You get the tone that you could reasonably expect from it (in terms of regular humbuckers and a dark –rosewood– fingerboard). It's visually sexy, it is nice to see a Jag with this simplicity but unfortunately it doesn't sound as amazing as it looks.
BB had Lucille. Hendrix his strat. Martin Gore his hollow Gretsch. Cobain the 65 jaguar. Wayne Campbell the Excalibur. This week I went into a pawn shop and found my baby... Fender jaguar blacktop HH with Gibson Les Paul pickups and bridge. Made in Mexico, she is a guitar with a personality disorder. Say hello to the TacoCaster.
The Alnico pickups almost seem too much for the body to handle at times. I have a feeling this will be my ultimate bias when it comes to playing. I love the shape, feel, response and tone, and its next-to-nothing string action make it not only easy but fun to play. I only wish it were lighter, but I have a feeling the sound may change as a result.
Side note: I read somewhere that a reviewer assumed the old schoolers who made this guitar famous again wouldn't like the HH blacktop...
"Take a bunch of well-known Fender Jaguar fans; let's say, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante and Kurt Cobain.
Hand them the new Blacktop Jaguar HH and we reckon they'd say (even Kurt, hypothetically) something along the lines of, "Er, what happened to all the rollers and switches?" That would be shortly before they noticed that the floating vibrato with the long arm has also done a runner." - Ed Mitchell, MusicRadar
If he did any homework he'd realize Kurt had gaff taped all the switches as an attempt to lock down the pickups in parallel position. He would have loved this thing. And if he plugged the Jaguar Blacktop HH through a poly chorus and big muff, he'd realize it sounds just like Kurt's axe on In Utero.
The simple electronics - 2 pickups, two knobs, one switch - are, in my opinion, far superior to the many switches and tremolo, etc. I just need a reliable guitar that sounds AWESOME and this one, with the vintage Alnico humbuckers deliver the goodness! Apparently they are no longer making them, which is a bummer.
The Blacktop Jaguar HH delivers monster dual-bucker tone without breaking the bank. Vintage-style Fender Blacktop alnico humbucking pickups deliver the hot high-gain power of today's most aggressive sounds; other distinctive touches include skirted black amp knobs, Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece, slinky 24" scale, and one lean and mean three-way toggle switch rather than the customary barrage of Jaguar controls. Features include an alder body, maple neck, 9.5"-radius rosewood fretboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets, gloss urethane finish, and nickel/chrome hardware.