Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
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Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]

Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011], STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Stratocaster series.

moosers 09/21/2010

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011] : moosers's user review

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The Fender Highway One Stratocaster is a newer version of the classic Stratocaster, offering players an American made Strat at a very reasonable price. It's definitely the cheapest Stratocaster that is made in the USA that you'll find out there, and it still has pretty much the same make up as a traditional Strat. It's got three single coil pick ups, a whammy bar, a five way pick up selector, and a volume and two tone knobs. As any experienced Strat player will tell you, this is pretty much the standard make up. Of course it doesn't share all of the same parts are a standard American Strat, but it's pretty close considering the difference in price.

UTILIZATION

The playability of the Fender Highway One Stratocaster definitely passes the Strat test. It's got a great feel to the guitar, and is definitely easy to play. I didn't have a standard Strat available to shoot it out with, but judging from past experiences I would say that it's a pretty close feel to a standard. Perhaps it isn't quite as fluid, but it's hard to tell without playing them back to back. Using the control knobs is super easy as this is the make up that most players will be familiar with for sure.

SOUNDS

The tone of the Fender Highway One Stratocaster is smooth and creamy, just as you'd expect from a Fender Stratocaster. Again, without shooting out this with a standard Strat back to back it's hard to tell, but I was definitely impressed with the overall sound of this guitar. Like all Strats, it's a very versatile guitar, as you're going to get some very different sounds between the three pick ups. Great for playing both lead and rhythm parts, this is pretty much the ideal sound for a guitar give or a take a bit.

OVERALL OPINION

The Fender Highway One Stratocaster is the perfect guitar for those players who are looking for a well built guitar that sounds great, but who don't have the money to drop on a top of the line Stratocaster. This is really a great alternative, as it's made in the USA and is put together extremely well. It's the cheapest American made Strat, and while I'd recommend going with a standard if you're able to, if you're not this is a fine substitute. The Highway One is pretty much the perfect mid level electric guitar.