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Fender Limited Edition Mahogany Blacktop Strat in Crimson w/ Chrome Hardware

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Sam Beattie

Fender’s Blacktop range shakes up some their most popular designs to offer something a little different. The Mahogany Strat is no exception, combining striking looks with fat Mahogany tone and an HH pickup configuration to boot.

Body & Neck

Strats are known for their balanced tone, sometimes with a slightly scooped midrange, courtesy of either an Alder or Ash body. Not for this model though; Mahogany makes a rare appearance. As a result, this Strat has a weight low-end resonance and a honky midrange – perfect humbucker territory.

For the neck, it’s the familiar Maple, this time featuring a larger ‘70s-style headstock. This adds to the edgy appearance of the Blacktop, and the use of Maple offers the perfect amount of top-end sparkle to complement the hefty Mahogany sound. Special mention to the black headstock finish – slick.

Hardware & Electronics

Where the Mahogany body adds weight to this Strat’s sound, the pickups add muscle. Dual Alnico humbuckers provide a higher output, delivering snarling tone that’s perfect for fat riffs and soaring leads alike. A 3-way switch means a no-nonsense palette, from chunky to chunkier.

Notable hardware details include the amp-style Blacktop knobs, vintage-style Fender tuning pegs, and 3-ply pickguard. Chrome hardware adds a final polished element to a guitar that’s otherwise oozing attitude.


  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Mount: 4-Bolt
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Gold
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5in (241.3mm)
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Position Inlays: White Dots
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Control Knobs: Blacktop Witch Hats
  • Controls: Master Volume, Neck Tone, Middle Tone
  • Pickups: High output Alnico Humbuckers
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
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