Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Checkerboard

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Regular price $459.99

Well known as the Grammy-winning founder of influential U.S. punk band Rancid, Tim Armstrong is also well respected as a producer and indie label owner. But as a songwriter, he has always turned to his old Fender concert-style acoustic for inspiration. The Tim Armstrong Hellcat is based on Armstrong's own classic instrument, with modern appointments including high-quality onboard electronics. A great guitar for pop, rock, folk and more, it has a solid spruce top for especially sweet sound and a satin-finish maple neck for smooth playability.


  • Tim Armstrong signature model, concert body style acoustic-electric
  • Fishman® CD pickup system with active preamp, tuner, volume and tone controls
  • Solid spruce top with scalloped "X" bracing, mahogany back and sides
  • Maple neck with satin finish
  • 20-fret walnut fingerboard with "Hellcat" and double-skull inlays
  • Walnut bridge with compensated Graph Tech® Nubone™ saddle
  • Neck Material: Maple - This indicates that the neck of the guitar is made from maple wood. Maple is a common choice for guitar necks due to its strength and stability.
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane - This is the finish applied to the neck. A satin urethane finish provides a smooth, non-glossy texture, which some players prefer for a comfortable feel.
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape - This refers to the shape or profile of the neck. A "C" shape is a common neck profile that is comfortable for many players.
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81" (300 mm) - This specifies the curvature of the fingerboard, which can affect playability and feel. A larger radius like 11.81" generally means a flatter fingerboard.
  • Fingerboard Material: Walnut - This indicates that the fingerboard, the part of the neck where you press the strings, is made from walnut wood. Walnut is known for its dark and rich appearance.
  • Position Inlays: Hellcat and Double Skulls - These are the decorative markers or inlays on the fingerboard to help players visually locate specific frets.
  • Number of Frets: 19 - This tells you how many frets are on the fingerboard. In this case, there are 19 frets.
  • Truss Rod: Dual-Action - The truss rod is an adjustable rod inside the neck that helps control the neck's curvature. A dual-action truss rod allows adjustment in both directions, which is useful for fine-tuning the neck's bow.
  • String Nut: Graph Tech® NuBone™ - The nut is a small piece at the top of the neck that guides the strings to the tuners. Graph Tech® NuBone™ is a synthetic material often used for its consistency and good tonal qualities.
  • Nut Width: 1.69" (43 mm) - This is the width of the nut at the top of the neck, and it affects string spacing and playability.
  • Nut Material: Graph Tech® NuBone™ 
  • Body Material: Solid Spruce Top with Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides - This describes the materials used to construct the guitar's body. Solid spruce is commonly used for the top, as it offers good resonance and projection, while laminated mahogany is used for the back and sides for durability.
  • Body Finish: Satin - This indicates the finish applied to the body of the guitar. A satin finish provides a smooth, non-glossy appearance and feel.
  • Body Shape: Concert - The body shape is the overall design and size of the guitar's body. A concert shape is known for its balanced tone and comfortable playability.
  • Body Top: Solid Spruce - This specifies that the top of the guitar's body is made from solid spruce. Solid spruce is a common choice for the top of acoustic guitars due to its resonance and tonal qualities.
  • Body Binding: 1-Ply Black - Body binding is a decorative element on the edges of the guitar's body. In this case, it's a single black binding.
  • Body Back: Laminated Mahogany - The back of the guitar is made from laminated mahogany, which is a sturdy and commonly used wood for acoustic guitar bodies.
  • Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany - The sides of the guitar are also made from laminated mahogany, matching the back for a consistent look and tone.
  • Bracing: Scalloped X - Bracing refers to the internal structural supports on the guitar top. A scalloped X-bracing pattern is a common design that helps support the top while allowing it to vibrate for better tone.
  • Rosette: 70s F Style - The rosette is a decorative ring around the soundhole. A "70s F Style" rosette likely refers to a design reminiscent of rosettes used on guitars from the 1970s, which can vary in appearance but often have intricate patterns.
  • Bridge: Walnut - The bridge is the part of the guitar that anchors the strings to the body. Walnut is used as the material for the bridge in this guitar.
  • Bridge Pins: White with Black Dots - Bridge pins hold the strings in place at the bridge. These bridge pins are white with black dots for decoration and to help secure the strings.
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black - The pickguard is a protective plate on the guitar's body, often placed beneath the strings, to prevent damage from strumming. This guitar features a 1-ply black pickguard.
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome - Chrome is the finish applied to various hardware components on the guitar, such as tuning machines and bridge. It provides a shiny, metallic appearance.
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Aged White Plastic Buttons - The tuning machines, also known as tuners or machine heads, are used for adjusting the tension of the strings to tune the guitar. "Vintage-style" suggests that these tuners have a classic appearance, and the "aged white plastic buttons" describe the tuner knobs.
  • Strings: Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L Coated 80/20 (.012-.052 Gauges), PN 0730880303 - These are the specific strings that come with the guitar. They are coated 80/20 bronze strings with gauges of .012-.052. String gauges determine the tension and playability of the guitar.
  • Strap Buttons: Factory Mounted Forward Strap Button with Internal Block Reinforcement - Strap buttons are used to attach a guitar strap for playing while standing. This description indicates that the forward strap button is factory-installed with internal block reinforcement for added strength.

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