The Exclusive Hardtop Stratocaster guitar is the result of a collaboration between The Music Zoo and Fender Custom Shop. We envisioned an instrument that acknowledged the Fender Stratocaster as being the original inspiration for all of the Strat-type guitars that broke the mold by having humbucker pickups and other modifications that earned them the moniker, â€œSuper Strats.â€So, the Hardtop is the Zooâ€™s own take on the Super Strat concept, as made by the source! Theyâ€™re distinguished by having very vintage-like Bare Knuckle Mule humbucker pickups, and the guitars are available with one- or two-pickup models. Youâ€™ll also notice that these guitars are built without pickguards, hence the name Hardtop; all electronics are rear-loaded through the instrumentâ€™s back, while the pickguard-less top allows some the grain of a beautiful two-piece ash body to be visible under a the finish. Single-pickup models such as this example, which is finished in gorgeous Honey Blonde, have only a volume and tone control. The single pickup definitely looks cool, but thereâ€™s a function with the form; itâ€™s known that having only one pickup means less string pull and interference from the other pickupâ€™s magnets and better sound overall.. The Hardtopâ€™s body is lightweight ash, and the one-piece maple neck has a rounded â€œVâ€ profile and a rosewood fretboard. Thereâ€™s definitely a minimal aesthetic at work here, and you can see this by the headstockâ€™s bare-bones NoCaster-like Fender decal. Still, when it comes down to actually playing the Hardtop, youâ€™ll hear how using hand-selected quality woods along with the right components and craftsmanship truly make a difference. The guitar resonates effortlessly unplugged while responding with rich overtones and nuances.
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The Music Zoo will ship your guitar, amplifier, pedal, or accessories right to your door. All orders over $100 placed through the website qualify for free shipping*! We ship worldwide using FedEx and United States Parcel Service (USPS). Some manufacturers do not allow us to sell outside of the United States. Please contact us for more information on restricted brands if you live outside the U.S. All shipments within New York State are subject to sales tax. Ships Within 24 Hours When you see this on our website, the product you're looking at is in stock and ready to ship immediately. As long as we receive your order before 3pm, we usually have no trouble getting it out the door the same day. If for some reason there is a delay processing your order, we will contact you right away.
We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase from The Music Zoo! We pride ourselves on providing customer service that is among the best in the industry and we will work hard to make sure you are happy. If you need to return your purchase for any reason, please contact one of our sales associates to let us know before shipping your order back. Make sure you include all the contents of your original order including things like warranty cards, hang tags, tremolo arms, and power adaptors. Be sure to carefully re-pack your item for return using the original packing materials. New Items: Get 14 Day Approval on all new items! No reason needed to make a return, just let us know within two weeks that you'd like to send your item(s) back. Items such as earbuds, mouthpieces, harmonicas, software, CDs and DVDs, drumsticks, drumheads, clothing/footwear, polish/cleaners, polishing cloths, and books must be un-opened and un-used to be eligible for return. All items must arrive back to The Music Zoo in like new condition. Used Items: We maintain a great selection of used and vintage guitars. We do our best to describe each instrument in full and provide high resolution images of all items to help in the buying process. To that end, used items carry a 72 Hour Approval period only. You'll have a few days with your recently purchased used instrument to ensure it's the one for you. No reason needed to make a return if you choose to do so, just let us know within the approval window.