“The fact that Fender is so passionate about making the Hellcat still blows my mind”: Tim Armstrong's signature acoustic has a new Checkerboard look

Tim Armstrong holds his new signature Fender Hellcat guitar
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender has sent Tim Armstrong’s Hellcat acoustic guitar back to the paint room for a fresh new Checkerboard finish, and while it might be a new-for-2023 aesthetic it looks like it has been around forever. 

But then the Hellcat’s new black-and-white Checkerboard paint job has long been subsumed into pop-culture short-hand for punk rock, and was inspired by the British two-tone movement of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s that in turn inspired so much of Armstrong’s sound.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.