Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat - Walnut/Black


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Fender Artist Series Concert Acoustic Guitar with Fishman Presys III Preamp and Pickup System, 'Hellcat' and Double-Skull Inlays and Walnut Fingerboard in Black Finish

Well-known as the Grammy-winning founder of influential US 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. Fender 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.

  • 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
close-up perspective view of Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat showing top and right side of body and portion of fretboard

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.

detail view of Fender acoustic guitar interior showing scalloped bracing design and construction

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.

detail view of Fender acoustic guitar interior showing scalloped bracing design and construction
detail view of Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat showing Fishman Presys III preamp and tuner controls

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.

Tim Armstrong sitting on beach playing Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat

A hellraiser of an acoustic guitar
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.

Tim Armstrong sitting on beach playing Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat
close-up view of Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat being played by Tim Armstrong

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.

Tim Armstrong sitting on beach playing Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat

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. Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat is that guitar.

Tim Armstrong sitting on beach playing Fender Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat
detail view of Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat showing walnut fretboard

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.

detail view of Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat showing Tim Armstrong signature truss rod cover

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 unique 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.

detail view of Tim Armstrong Anniversary Hellcat showing Tim Armstrong signature truss rod cover
More Information
SKU FEN-0971752306
MPN 0971752306
Manufacturer Fender
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer Fender Dura-Tone 880L coated 80/20 strings (.012-.052 gauges)
Acoustic Body Style Concert
String Material Steel
Number of Strings 6-Strings
Right/Left Handed Right
Top Solid spruce
Back Mahogany
Sides Mahogany
Neck Maple
Fingerboard Walnut
Number of Frets 19
Bridge Walnut
Cutaway No
Electronics Fishman Presys III preamp/pickup system
Tuner Built In Yes
Scale Length 25.3"
Nut Width 1.69"
Nut Material Graph Tech NuBone
Finish Gloss
Hardware Finish Gold
Unique Features 'Hellcat' and double-skulls inlays
3-ply gold pickguard
Vintage-style tuning machines with aged white plastic buttons

Fender/Squier Acoustic Guitars and Basses 2-Year Limited Warranty

Fender warrants this Fender or Squier acoustic guitar or bass to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two (2) years from the date of original purchase, subject to limitations set forth herein ('Limited Warranty'). This Limited Warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein.

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