Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Mahogany Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, FTE3-TN Electronics with Built-in Tuner, and Hellcat Inlays - Natural
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Classic '60s Vibe - Rancid Style!

Fender's Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic is based on the Rancid guitarist's favorite beat-up '60s Fender acoustic guitar. Fender keeps the vibe of Armstrong's time-tested axe, but gives it a touch of modern flair and style, captured in the pearl acrylic "Hellcat" logos on the 3rd, 5th, and 7th frets. The Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic sounds fantastic unplugged - thanks to its solid mahogany top and mahogany back and sides. But, onboard you'll find a Fender FTE-3TN preamplifier with a built-in tuner, so you can take the stage with your Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic.

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic at a Glance:
  • Based on Rancid's Tim Armstrong's favorite '60s Fender acoustic
  • All-mahogany body, for superb acoustic tone
  • Take the stage in style, thanks to an onboard preamp/tuner system
  • Stylish "Hellcat" and Skull inlays add a touch of modern style

Based on Rancid's Tim Armstrong's favorite '60s Fender acoustic
Tim Armstrong is the songwriter behind the infamous punk band Rancid - and behind each of those songs stands Armstrong's songwriting partner: his trusty old '60s Fender Acoustic. Armstrong worked with Fender to design a modern version of his time-tested partner - giving it a strong, rich voice. It also features a few touches of flair - to match up with Armstrong's signature style.

All-mahogany body, for superb acoustic tone
The Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic guitar sports a solid mahogany top and mahogany back and sides, giving it a rich and warm voice pumping from its concert-sized body style with Fender's advanced scalloped bracing. The instrument also features a maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and vintage-style open-gear tuners.

Take the stage in style, thanks to an onboard preamplifier/tuner system
While the Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic is primed for great tone unplugged, Fender also packed it with their FTE3-TN preamplifier, complete with a built-in tuner as well as volume, bass, middle, and treble controls - that way, you're always ready to take your songs to the stage.

Stylish "Hellcat" and Skull inlays add a touch of modern style
To give the Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic a look all its own, it sports pearl acrylic "Hellcat" fret inlays as well as two skulls adorning its twelfth fret. With the guitar, you also get the Tim Armstrong custom "Lets Go" strap.

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic Features:
  • 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar
  • Body Style: Concert
  • Scale Length: 25.3"
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Bracing: Fender Advanced Scalloped Bracing
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Traditional
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Vintage style, open gear
  • Installed Strings: D'Addario EXP 26 .011-.052
  • Electronics: Fender FTE3-TN preamplifier with built in tuner, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble controls
  • Included Accessories: Tim Armstrong custom "Lets Go" strap

Fender's Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic gives you classic acoustic tone with a '60s vibe and modern flair!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Concert
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Satin polyurethane
Top Wood Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Laminated Mahogany
Body Bracing Scalloped X bracing
Binding Binding on body
Neck Wood Maple, set
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Hellcats
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.3"
Tuning Machines Vintage style aged white button tuners
Bridge Material Rosewood, compensated saddles
Nut/Saddle Material Synthetic bone
Nut Width 1.69"
Electronics Fishman Isys III system
Strings D'Addario EXP, (.011-.052)
Manufacturer Part Number 0968300021

Customer Reviews

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Love It!

Fender, and Mr Armstrong you have really went above and beyond in creating something worth double its price. I played through the Martins, and Taylor's, in this range and honestly this has a more amazing tone and quality then either. You will not be disappointed. Again I really appreciate my sales engineer Sweetwaters Phil Schwan who is always a pleasure to work with, even for an Aussie!
Music background: Songwriter

A hella of a guitar

I bought this from a Sweetwater trusted source and was anxious to try it out. It came as all do in pristine condition and set correctly by the staff. All I can say, is WOW!!, i didn't know what I was missing until my first run down the fret board. The harmonics are so easy to chime. I thought the workmanship was first notch, but disappointed that it was manufactured in China as that dilute the resale value.
Music background: Avid home player lol

Fender Hellcat Amazing for the Money

For the money you cannot beat this axe. Rich tone easy to play. I am a rookie but my most excellent instructor was amazed at the price for the sound. Thanks Fender and Thank you Tim Armstrong!
Music background: rookie

Hellcat on wheels!

I actually drove up to Sweetwater to buy this guitar. Fantastic service and they checked it out and got it to me that day. Impressive place and people. I'm new to guitar but my friends are not and this thing sounds great. The Fishman tuner and preamp push it over the top. I'm very happy the Hellcat, awesome. It has skulls on it, how can you go wrong?
Music background: Band, Student, Hobbyist

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic

I contacted my Sales Engineer Ryan Schmidt and as usual he went above and beyond helping me out with this purchase. I bought this guitar without actually seeing or playing one in person. Ryan recommended a hard shell case (Journeyman Deluxe Wood Case) and when it was delivered two days later I pulled it out of the case and it was actually in tune. It is very well made and looks even better than the pictures online. It sounds great unplugged and plugged into my Egnator Tweaker amp. The on board tuner is a plus and convenient for when I am not near my gear upstairs where my EHX Polytune is located. Purchasing this guitar has pushed me to practice more and gives me the freedom to play where I want without an amp. If I did not know the price of this guitar I would guess in the $700 to $800 range.
Music background: Play for fun and possible open mic in future

Sweetwater Advice

Devin Cunningham

The Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic is exactly what I've been looking for: a truly great-looking and great-sounding guitar! Whether you're playing beside a campfire or onstage in front of 10,000 people, there's no denying the easy playability of this 1960s-inspired acoustic/electric.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Fender, Fender 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Fender Acoustic / Electric Guitars