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New Fender Blacktop Series Baritone Tele

Fender’s “Blacktop” series of guitars is relatively new — but the line is already expanding. Today Fender introduces 3 new Blacktop Series guitars, including the Blacktop Baritone Telecaster. Along with the Baritone Tele, Fender is introducing a Blacktop Stratocaster HSH and a Blacktop Jaguar 90. These guitars are true to the “blacktop” credo of modern tones from humbucking pickups and more in your face hardware choices for “modern” (read: Heavy) players.

A true baritone Telecaster with a 27” scale, low B-to-B tuning, and a versatile triple-pickup configuration—including a humbucking bridge pickup—that goes from tic-tac to twang. The Blacktop Baritone Tele features 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 switching, three-ply pickguard (black-white-black), skirted black amp knobs (volume and tone) and black switch tip, Blacktop Telecaster bridge and chrome hardware.

Finish options include Classic Copper, Ghost Silver and Three-color Sunburst. The Blacktop Baritone Telecaster has a MSRP of $739.99

For more info on the Blacktop Baritone Telecaster visit Fender’s Blacktop Series website.

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2 Responses to “New Fender Blacktop Series Baritone Tele”
  1. bwacke says:

    Make sure you play one before you buy it. My Blacktop Tele has a great neck, but the bridge is a 1/4″ too close to the neck to be intoned correctly and the bridge is not grounded to the electrical common of the guitar, so it generates a lot of static in dry weather when you don’t have a finger on a grounded piece of the instrument when picking the strings. It was purchased mail order, so I’ve learned my lesson – even with a shop I trust.

    It can be fixed in a few hours, but if you’re buying an axe to play, not correct, be aware.

    Search the Tele forum for Blacktops if you want to see a bunch of folks with the same issues.

    • Goldfingers says:

      Thanks for the advice mate.Theres one particular tele that seems to have been lost to the mists of time.Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers had the lipstick in place & a Filtertron in the mid placement & no bridge humbucker/single coil at all.It has a on/off as well as the usual tele selection switch – am curious as hell to find out what its about lol

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