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Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar

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The American-made Fender Highway One Stratocaster is ready for the open road. Wide '70s headstock, fat frets, scorching alnico pickups, upgraded vintage-style bridge, and super-light nitro satin finis... Click To Read More About This Product

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The American-made Fender Highway One Stratocaster is ready for the open road. Wide '70s headstock, fat frets, scorching alnico pickups, upgraded vintage-style bridge, and super-light nitro satin finish make this electric guitar a real hot rod. Also features an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, and Greasebucket tone circuit.

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FEATURES

  • Alder body
  • C-shaped maple neck
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • 3 single-coil pickups with Alnico III magnets
  • Reverse-wound, reverse-polarity middle pickup
  • Vintage-style 2-point trem
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FenderHighway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 36 reviews)

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(38 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE THIS THING

By gkg123

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I've spent the last few weeks looking at every strat imaginable - from the $399 mexican strats (great guitar for the money, btw) to the $950 american standards, to a few higher-end ones that I don't deserve ;) I played an american standard and the highway one back-to-back, over and over, for over an hour before deciding. I don't hear any difference between the two. Those who do must really have amazing ears. The american plays a little easier, but the overall feel, the looks (the fat head and the cool matte black finish) won me over - I actually bought this over the american standard, though I was ready to pony up the extra $200 that day based on my decision. Long story short -GREAT guitar, great sound, awesome looks, great price (buffalobrosguitars.com has 'em a lot cheaper, by the way).

(28 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IT'S THE NITRO!

By GPaul1

from SF, CA

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

After trying many guitars, the reason I settled on the Highway 1 is the sound. The thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish let the wood sustain tones like no 'modern' poly finish. Yes it will wear a lot more but its the trade off worth making. Look at the old nitro finished Strats being sold for thousands. The new pick-ups are excellent as well. The Highway 1 is a keeper.

(21 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Meet my next guitar

By hiway1

from i'm not sure right now

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I was in guitar center to get strings for my acoustic and while i was there i decided to try out a few strats. i've been saving up for a strat for a little while and i've been trying to decide between a highway one and an american standard. I tried out both and i would have to say the I LIKE THE HIGHWAY ONE BETTER! i was surprised, but the h1 sounded better. I love the nitrocellulose laquer finish (i think it adds to the sound and makes the guitar seem lighter. also it doesn't pick up fingerprints.) this is the first time i have like the cheaper of an assortment of products. Note: the highway one instruments are made in america and the neck and body are also but the pickups are made in mexico and some of the hardware is to but im not sure. Don't let this stop you though because it is a wonderful instrument and you can always change the pickups to american made to a full american strat.

(19 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Truly and American Strat

By GibSG61

from NEBRASKA

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar is truly an American Strat. The neck and body feels so comfortable and light. Smooth maple neck with a beautiful 3 tone sunburst. I don't like the standard tuners though, if it were locking of vintage slot-holes, it'll be better. I really like the 70's style decal. The pickups are hot and are extremely versatile. VERy VERY versatile. Minus points on the Vintage bridge which should be a 2 point American trem. An LSR nut would be lovely also, but that'd raise the guitar's price. It has a great tone and a great feel and I recommend this for any guitar player, beginner or advance. It's an American Strat with a Mexican price.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

American made Strat at this price...no brainer!!!

By Blind Lemon Orange

from Hartford, Ct.

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Here's the trade off for the $500 you save compared to the American Standard (next step-up USA made Strat) - no microtilt neck adjustment, gig bag instead of the hardshell case...ahh...that's it. Here are the benefits to the Highway One: hot alnico pickups (so much better sounding than the American Standard pups) and jumbo frets (not medium jumbo). You can't go wrong at this price - it's the best deal out there from Fender...I'm shocked they're not completely sold out. Actually, I think I'll buy another today!

(13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By SlowhandIH

from Overland Park, KS

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I spent over 3 hours in a guitar center trying to choose b/w this beauty or the new highway one w/ humbucker pickups. Needless to say I chose this one, it sounds and looks great, and fit to my needs like a glove. I can play any of my Jazz licks all the way to SRV with amazing tone and clarity. Great intonation as well. Also got this at a steal of a price(550) brand new in the store. The only downside is I play so much that the finish is already starting to fade a little bit... If you want an American Strat that'll blow you away, but not burn a whole in your pocket this is for you.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Guitar Does not have a 2 point trem

By Bubbanov

from Katrinaland

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

The nitro topcoat body will shine up real nice given a little time and attention, and the alder body, generally three pieces, will look pretty nice. The guitar has a vintage style 6 screw trem with a steel block, and the trem works far better than any of the asian strat types. I don't personally like the jumbo frets, rather 6150 or smaller, nor do I like the big headstock aesthetically. But these pickups I like, much more than the Highway One Upgrade Tele Alnico 3s, and this tone on the neck pickup, second tone on the bridge pickup, open middle pup ala Jimmie Vaughan works great. I think I'll have the frets milled down a bit or go down to 9.5-44 diameter strings, an extra trem spring and I'll be doing right. Make sure the one you buy has a sunburst or one with a somewhat transparent finish so you can inspect the alder. A few are made of pieces parts bodies, won't effect the use of the guitar but worth avoiding.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thank You Fender

By Zack Dryer

from NY

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I am a Soldier in the Army and contrary to popular beief we do not get paid very well, so when I saw this AMERICAN MADE STRAT for the price I had to have it. I can honestly say that only 2 time in my life have I ever felt the way I did when I held this Strat for the first time, the First was when I met my wife and the socond was when I held my daughter for the first time. This strat is the last electric I will ever buy!!!! Thank you Fender for bringing American made quality down to a price the average American can afford.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yep, it's a Strat

By Brian

from Fort Myers, Florida

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

For 20+ years, I've been wanting a new Strat for myself. Having played 20 or more Mexi's, and about a dozen USA's, including the HW1, I decided on the HW1. The guitar arrived at the store while I was there, so i saw it come off the FedEX truck, get unpacked, and thrust into my hands. I've found the factory setup to be near perfect. Even the shipping strings were usable, and they're still on a week later. The Nitro finish was the deal breaker, as now, most Poly and Acrylic finishes make a guitar feel like a block of plastic. The Nitro is soft, so be careful about dinging it. Every fret played out, on every string, pickups were sunk at the proper angles, no screws were loose. Someone went over this guitar well at the factory. The one gripe I have, is, the nut. It's cut depth is perfect, but it binds strings when using the tremolo. Get some graphite on the way out of the store. This guitar definitely is a keeper.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Try it, you'll buyit

By Dr. Edmund

from Portland, OR

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This by far has the best sound of any strat I have ever played, this is do to the satin finish. When I tryied this guitar I wish I would have never bough the standard strat. I recommend this to any guitarist experienced or not. The best value and sound I have ever seen or heard. But don't take my advise for it try it out. I asure you, you wont be disappointed.

(5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful guitar!

By rrp

from Pittsburgh

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

What more can I say?? I simply LOVE this guitar for only $750!! I can't believe we are blessed with an American made guitar for this price. Here are some of the details: The finish looks just like a sticker whcih scratches and dents real easily and the pickups are nice and weak, the way I like them. The neck cuts my fingers when I move up or down the fretboard, which is awesome. I needed to use that box of finger bandages but I couldn't cut myself enough... this solves that problem. I love the gig bag (a $20 value, which comes FREE!!) instead of a nice sturdy case... puts those highly sought after dings in it everytime I drive to a gig and gives it that really worn, dented look that I love and throws it out of tune... also great for resale. Another fabulous feature is that for $750, the guitar comes fully unintonated and poorly set up... which I prefer because I really wanted to spend an additional $50 but I didn't know how to. Simply fabulous! Looks and feels like it was made in a 4th grade shop class... what more could you ask for for a mere $750?? Pocket change really. How does Fender do it? They must be going broke. An American made guitar for only nearly a grand!?! With only $750 to spare, I thought I was going to have to buy one of those Kathy Lee editions made with Balsa wood. I'm hoping next time they don't finish it at all (Custom Shop requests... they get them all the time) and give you a cardboard box to carry it around in... but they'll have to raise the price to $850.

(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing music machine

By SgtSexy

from Redondo Beach, CA

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I had been saving up for a standard american strat for a while, but opted for the highway-one becasue i couldn't tell the difference between the two. Its just as rich as the standard, has exactly the same features, and its a little cheaper. My only complaint would be the jumbo frets, but i got ove that really quickly. I use this with my dunlap 535Q crybaby and my Fender Deville, and the sound is unparraleled.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Instrument

By Cameron Gorman

from Arroyo Grande, California

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have had my eye on this particular guitar for a few years now. I had purchased one of the first highway one's in the walnut finish way back when and i have always wanted a classic looking black with a maple fretboard and large 70s headstock. I finally got it and it is nothing short of amazing. Aside from its amazing looks, the playability is just as stunning. The neck feels amazing and is actually very fast. I am so surprised about the bridge pickup. It is so overwound that is actually sounds like a humbucker. Which for me, suits my tastes perfectly. I can get those really good pinch harmonics and smooth distortion. By comparison to my previous highway one the neck and middle pickups are the only things i am not sure of because they are overwound as well and lack in the great Stevie Ray blues tone. That is to stay not as "sparkly" as your traditional stratocaster. All in all, its an extremely comfortable and playable guitar and being an american made one for this price seems too good to be true, but frankly, it is true! I have owned a mexican made standard strat from 2000 and when compared to the highway one. Its a piece of junk. So don't believe people when they say the quality is the same... it isn't! Save up the extra $200 or whatever and go american. You'll be so glad you did.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Long lost Strat

By Anonymous

from In

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Had a 1973ish Strat long time ago, had a big fat u-neck hard to reach with pinkie,noisy weak pickups but it had that sound,you know? Since then iv'e had a few Charvels, Ibanez, Jackson,all nice guitars in this price range.I play mostly heavy stuff,(active pickups,locking trem)but I missed that real Strat tone so I ordered a Malmsteen Strat but it was back-ordered so instead of waiting 30 days I decided to settle for a less expensive Highway One,honey blonde,maple neck,3 sweet single coils with 5-way selector for many different tones and they are well balanced, equal output,very clear,kinda spicey but not alive like my Charvel with active picks. So it arrives one day I'm not home and there's a hole the size of a fist through both boxes(cardboard no case)and I can touch the fretboard! thanx ups But it comes out spotless so I'm well pleased with this guitar.The neck is so smooth,and shaped exactly like my Charvel so for my the playability is perfect,low action, fast if you want to,BIG FAT FRETS and FAT HEADSTOCK are cool thats another reason I picked Highway One. The trem is non locking but it stays in tune if you don't dive bomb harmonics, if you do,get a locker. Overall nice quality guitar with great sound,looks and playability I like it alot!

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice guitar, but maybe not for everyone

By SamsDaddy

from CO

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I purchased the Highway One strat initially but also bought the American Deluxe V-Neck strat (I got a smoking deal on it so I couldn't pass it up). In comparing the Highway to the V-Neck, I noticed a very distinct metallic tone to the Highway that was not there with the V-Neck. It was sort of brittle and harsh, and the tone pot didn't help to clean it up much. Off the shelf it appears that all of the Highways are not setup very well. If you like the tone from these pickups and get a setup done then maybe the Highway is the right strat for you.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best strat out there today

By A.J.

from new jersey

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

this is simply the best strat fender has put out in years.the highway one does it all from classic/modern tones to every in between. feel/tone/playability hands down beats the american stanands.this strat is simply a top of the line crafted guitar. the late-upgrade 2006 to 2007's are the best.i enjoy playing my higheay ones more than my american standards and my two vintage strats. WHY? because there that good!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent choice

By Rob

from Knoxville, TN.

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I picked up a used Hiway 1 that is a 2006. The fit, feel and finish were excellent. The pick ups were a little too noisy. I put a set of samarium cobalt noiseless pick ups in and all I can say is WOW!! I love this guitar. You can't go wrong with this one.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great American Strat

By wez456

from Columbus, OH

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Probably the lowest priced American Strat I could find, that's why I own it. It is an awesome guitar. Great for metal guitarists (pickups distortion friendly). For my stly I don't like the pickups so I bought some Seymour Duncan Antiquities to give it classic strat sparkle.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely great guitar--one of my favorites!!!

By Samuel

from Charlotte

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar. It feels incredible and sounds outstanding. The only issue I have is that it doesn�ۡ���t have the two point trem. Its not a huge deal but its one of the little things that bothered me. But, that�ۡ���s it. The first thing I noticed was how light the guitar was. It is extremely light. It�ۡ���s one of the most comfortable feeling guitars I ever held. The frets are huge. But, I like them. Its very easy to move around and bend. In most reviews Ive read throughout the web, most people love the head stock or hate it. I love it. Looks awesome to me and sets it apart from most other Strats. I did an in store comparison of the American Special and the Highway One. The only differences between the two are the pickups and the finish. The Highway One�ۡ���s thin nitro-cellular finish was one of the big pros for me. I like the feel of it and the look. It supposedly adds an extra dimension to the sound by allowing for better resonance. I�ۡ���m not sure about all that but okay Ill buy the idea. Mostly, I like the idea that it will wear over time and change. I think it adds personality and a uniqueness to the instrument. The Texas Special pickups in the Special are definitely hotter. Which is not to say the Highway One pickups arent hot. When properly dialed in, they will roar and scream. Both are absolute beasts. Between the Alnico V�ۡ���s in Standard American and the Texas Specials, the Highway One pickups are right in between�ۡ����probably leans slightly more to the Texas Special side of the spectrum. Ive always been a huge fan of the Texas Specials. When properly dialed, I think they are the best pickups available (I play mostly blues). But I like the uniqueness of the Highway One pickups. When clean, they are super clear and articulate. When dirty, they get very very nasty�ۡ����in a good way. With some pickups, when the gain is pushed, a lot of tone is lost and it just sounds too harsh. The Highway One pickups cuts through all of that. So, you get the harshness but you don�ۡ���t lose tons of tone. The guitar is awesome.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar!

By Alex

from Lansing, Michigan

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I got a beautiful dark-red version of this guitar in 2008 and it has been amazing ever since. It sounds just as good as many guitars that i have played that cost much, much more(including the American Standard). For any one looking for a great, versatile tone, this is the guitar. It can play anything from classic rock and blues to modern metal. Amazing guitar, especially for the price.

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