Fender 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... Read More

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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
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FenderHighway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 36 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely the Best Deal on an American Strat

By paul johnston

from Salem Oregon

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is the best American strat you can start with. Even stock as is, it's a great guitar. With a little bit of money I was able to get a vintage looking/sounding/feeling American strat. My guitar technician did some fret work on it (in a process I call 'butterization'), and the neck plays like butter, like its been played for many years. I'm very satisfied with this guitar, and I play it more than my Gibson SG or other guitars. The gig bag is silly; put this baby in a hardshell case. Finish: The satin nitrocellulose finish is absolutely beautiful. I've got a 2011 3-tone sunburst, and I put a black pickguard, knobs, etc., on it for that 70's look. The depth of the color seems to be light-sensitive: in direct light or sunlight, this thing shines and each tone is more brilliant. But it seems darker in less light (in contrast to the American Standard 3-tone, which seems to be always 'locked in' as darker because of its urethane finish). Neck: The satin maple neck is super smooth and feels great (much better than the glossy front on the American Standard), though you will want to get a fret dress to lower those jumbo frets. Pickups: the stock pickups are not bad, but they seem to be geared toward high-gain applications. I prefer a more vintage sound so I put Custom Shop Texas Specials in it, and it sounds great, like what I expected. Greasebucket Tone Control: this is a great feature to decrease the bite of the bridge pickup when necessary, without adding bass or muffling the tone. Overall great quality for the price, but I was a little disappointed in the tremolo spring tension the way it comes. When you do a cliche blues bend of one string while plucking another string, the non-bended string will go noticeably flat. This was because the bridge/tailpiece was too loose (the 3 tremolo springs in the back were not strong enough). So my guitar technician added 2 more Fender springs, and also adjusted the tremolo to make it stiffer (I don't use the tremolo bar any way), so that fixed it. Other than that, very solid American quality.

(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.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By JoeShmoe

from VA

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar is awesome! It definitely needs a setup out-of-the-box. I took it to an excellent guitar tech and he got this thing pearlin'. He set the bridge to a fixed bridge and got the action nice and low, without any buzz. I also had him set it up with locking staggered tunners. Out of the box it had some serious tuning problems but now tuning problems are near non-existence. The neck feels nice and smooth to move up and down and the contour of the neck also feels really great. The big frets make bends nice and smooth as well as playing across the neck. Most importantly, the tone on this thing is awesome! If your thinking about an American that won't break the bank.... GO GO GO!!!

 
5.0

Great as Expected from Fender

By evil todd

from East Moline, IL

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I got the Satin Black with Maple Fretboard, it plays smooth and has the traditional Stratocaster Feel and Tone... will take a while to get used to the Jumbo Frets.. might have to get them changed... the Factory Setup was playable right out of the box and after a little streching the Fender strings (which I don't like but they won't be on there long) it stayed in near perfect tune... I only Played it for 10 to 20 hours then handed it over to a tech to intall aftermarket HSS pickups and install an original Floyd Rose.. I won't get it back a while but I already know it will be a screamer.. all my Fenders are... and the price is great get a hot modded USA Strat for under 1500 bucks what more can you ask for.. it isn't the prettiest with the satin finish but it will be a serious player... and like every other Fender it will out live me if it is taken care of... I dropped one and split the body in half so that is why I am replacing it with this one..

 
5.0

Great Guitar Hands Down...

By Thomas

from Montgomery Al.

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I bought one of these when they first came out about 05 mine has the 60th button on it....This one is Honey Blonde and has a rosewood neck....This is one of the nicest guitars money can buy...It has great pickups out of the box (But I did change them for Dimarzios,didnt like the hum )....You can get all kinds of music from this girl.. The neck has a great feel to it and the body is flawless....I will keep her for as long as I play shes a keeper.. Cant say one bad word about this guitar..I just ran into her in the store and could not put her down.....Had to have her there was no way out....This is one of the best sounding Stats I have ever heard....Then and now..Get one you wont regret it.. got it on a special the Guitar Center was running...But that was in 05 and now these babies are going up with everything else..Get one while you can still afford one...!!!!!!!

 
5.0

American made with honors!

By Jose Luis

from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

When I bought my guitar, I got on a lot of music store to try out guitars and decide which would be my guitar, I was trying fender american standars, Mexicans, and deluxe series and tired of being tried and tested, I found this that was the last one probe . I certainty say that this balanced level compared to the others, with excellent nitro finish, full body resonances, soft mast, jumbo frets and 70's head. Now I've just replace the pickups with a set of blue, silver and red lace sensor and.. woow!! is extraordinarily amazing the sound it makes! simply the best-quality American guitar at a price to laugh.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

slick guitar

By joe

from boston,ny

Comments about Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar neck feels great, Very good sounding pickups. Slick looking finish. The first thing I did was take it to my tech and have him set it up. Every guitar needs to be set up by a pro tech "not a string changer" that you find at most stores. There's no such thing as a factory setup. They just throw strings on them and ship'em. I had him lower the bridge because fender sets them high. If you use the wam bar like Jeff Beck them leave it high. The #9 fret needed work. The note would fade out on bends. And he put on 9.5 ga. strings. They work best with strats. I will quote the tech. he said "This is a great guitar you got. This thing rocks" I gave it 4 stars only because it needed minor work

(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.

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