Fender Tim Armstrong 10th Anniversary Hellcat Acoustic Electric Guitar

SKU: 0971752306

$949
  • Tim Armstrong signature concert body style acoustic-electric
  • Fishman® Presys™ III pickup system with active preamp, tuner, volume and tone controls
  • Solid spruce top with scalloped “X” bracing; mahogany back and sides
  • Gloss black finish with gold hardware
  • 20-fret walnut fingerboard with “Hellcat” and double-skull inlays
  • Walnut bridge with compensated Graph Tech® Nubone™ saddle

Well-known as the Grammy-winning founder of influential U.S. punk band Rancid, Tim Armstrong has also carved paths as a well-respected producer and indie label owner. A longtime fixture on the punk scene, he has always turned to his old Fender concert-style acoustic for songwriting inspiration. The Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat celebrates 10 years in partnership with Fender, and is based on Armstrong's own instrument from the 1960s, which makes for a great guitar for pop, rock, folk and more. It features upgraded modern appointments such as a solid spruce top, high-quality onboard electronics, gold hardware, and Tim’s signature Hellcat inlay.

SOLID SPRUCE TOP

SOLID SPRUCE TOP

The soundboard provides the most important tonal element of an acoustic guitar. Spruce is the standard choice, as few woods can beat its strength, sound, and dynamic range. Solid spruce tops are known for opening up and sounding better over time.

SCALLOPED BRACING

SCALLOPED BRACING

Scalloped bracing is thinner than more conventional bracing. That means that the bracing pattern inside the guitar uses less wood, which means that soundboard mass is reduced. This lets the top resonate more freely, resulting in better tone with more nuance and greater projection.

FISHMAN® PREAMP WITH BUILT-IN TUNER

FISHMAN® PREAMP WITH BUILT-IN TUNER

A Fishman® pickup/preamp system gives your acoustic instrument peerless amplified performance, with a variety of onboard controls and no compromise whatsoever on pure, rich and resonant acoustic tone. The built-in tuner is conveniently placed right where you can see it, helping to keep your intonation right on the money.

A HELLRAISER OF AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR

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Singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Armstrong has spent 30 years leading influential Bay Area punk legends, Rancid. And though the band’s music is nothing short of electric, the main instrument driving their raucous three-chord anthems is actually a stalwart ’60s-era Fender, which Armstrong calls his “number one” songwriting partner.

Ten years ago, as an homage to that beloved guitar, Armstrong teamed up with Fender to create his own signature model deemed the Hellcat. Topped with his trademark “Hellcat” and double-skull inlays, this striking guitar quickly became one of the best-selling Fender acoustic artist models ever. Now, to celebrate a decade of this iconic instrument, Fender has unleashed a special anniversary model featuring a solid spruce top, gilded hardware and stage-ready onboard electronics.

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A VERSATILE SONGWRITING MACHINE

As his musical resume proves, Armstrong is far more than a just a punk icon. In addition to Rancid, he’s fronted the seminal ska act Operation Ivy and rap-rock supergroup Transplants, recorded as a solo act, founded his own Hellcat record label and produced/written for artists ranging from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff to pop phenom Pink.


So when it comes to his main guitar, Armstrong needs something that’s easy to play, built to last and versatile enough to handle anything. The Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat is that guitar.

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A CAT OUT OF HELL

The 10th anniversary Hellcat features a compact concert-sized body with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. This classic tonewood combination is paired with a comfortable “C”-shape maple neck and a walnut fingerboard and bridge, as well as modern appointments like a dual action truss rod and a Graph Tech NuBone nut.


Meanwhile, a Fishman Presys III pickup/preamp system – with easy-to-access onboard controls and a built-in tuner – ensures a pristine amplified performance of the guitar’s bright and resonant acoustic tone. 


This one-of-a-kind bruiser also features eye-catching aesthetic touches, including specially-designed Hellcat fingerboard inlays punctuated by a “double-skull” insignia at the 12th fret, Armstrong’s signature on the truss rod cover and a ’70s F-style rosette. A sleek Black Gloss finish, accented by gold hardware and a matching gold pickguard, is new to the 10th anniversary model.


The result is a smooth-playing, great-sounding acoustic guitar that can traverse all styles and stages with authentic Fender edge and attitude.


BODY

Body Back Laminated Mahogany 

Body Sides Laminated Mahogany 

Body Top Solid Spruce

Body Finish Satin Polyurethane

Body Shape Concert 

Body Binding Multiple

Bracing Scalloped X

Rosette 70s F Style

NECK

Neck Material Maple

Neck Finish SatinUrethane

Scale Length 25.3" (643 mm) 

Fingerboard Material Walnut

Fingerboard Radius 11.81"(300mm)

Number of Frets 19 

Nut Material Graph Tech® NuBone® 

Nut Width 1.69" (43 mm) 

Position Inlays Hellcat and Double Skulls

Truss Rod Dual Action

ELECTRONICS

Special Electronics Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner

HARDWARE

Bridge Walnut

Bridge Pins White with Black Dots 

Hardware Finish Gold

Tuning Machines Vintage Style with Aged White Plastic Buttons

Pickguard 3-Ply Gold

MISCELLANEOUS

Strings Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L Coated 80/20 (.012-.052 Gauge) 

Legal Notice WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

ACCESSORIES

Case/Gig Bag None


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