Fender Artist Design Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic
Fender Artist Design Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic

Artist Design Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic, Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitar from Fender in the Artist Design series.

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heads on fire 01/01/2012

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"Songwriter on a budget axe."

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Made in China
Model Name: Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic
Series: Artist Design

Body Shape: Concert
Body Back: Laminated Mahogany Back
Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany Sides
Body Top: Solid Mahogany
Body Finish:
Satin Polyurethane Finish
Bracing: Scalloped X Bracing
Width at Heel: 2.24" (57mm)
Body Binding: Multiple Body Bindings

Number of Frets: 20
Position Inlays: "Hellcat" Position Inlays
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Nut Width: 1.69” (43 mm)
Scale Length: 25.3" (64.3 cm)

Special Electronics: Fishman® Isys III System with Active On-Board Pre-Amp and Tuner
Controls: Built In Chromatic Tuner with On/Off Switch, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble

Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
Bridge Pins: White Bridge Pins with Black Dots
String Nut: Synthetic Bone

Strings: Fender® Dura-Tone® Coated 80/20 Bronze (.012-.052 Gauge)
Unique Features: 4-Ply Tortoise Shell Pickguard, Hellcat Position Inlays, Double Skull Inlays at 12th Fret, Tim Armstrong Signature on Truss Rod Cover, Cream Body Bindings, Black Painted Headstock, Urea Nut and Saddle, Black with White Dot Bridge Pins

Included Accessories: Tim Armstrong "Let's Go" Guitar Strap


This is a cool, stylish acoustic guitar from Fender. Tim Armstrong is one of the guitarists of the punk band Rancid, and he is the main songwriter. This guitar is based off of an old beat up 1960s Fender acoustic that Tim writes all of the songs on. Being a signature model, of course Tim wanted to make some tweaks along the way - the cat inlays and big black rosette are some of the more obvious details. But Fender also included a nice Fishman pickup system and a CHROMATIC tuner! I'm so happy to see a chromatic tuner on a guitar this inexpensive - most companies that offer tuners on lower-end models skimp and make a standard EADGBE only tuner, and not everyone plays in standard tuning!


The acoustic tone of the guitar is good, with bright highs, punchy mids, and a rounded low end. The voicing of this instrument is more toward the mid-frequencies, and that's a nice match for anyone strumming and singing. Fishman's electronic system helps make this guitar a lot more versatile, as it can be gigged anywhere there is a decent PA setup.


Overall, this is a solid guitar. Nothing fancy, except the Fishman setup is a bit better than most guitars in this range. If the cosmetic appointments aren't a distraction, I'd recommend this guitar for a beginner or 2nd guitar, budget-range songwriter, or just a fun knock-around axe.