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

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

MGR/Orlando 11/01/2002

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011] : MGR/Orlando's user review

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I went to Guitar Center one day and was shocked to see the spaghetti logo (American only) on a beautiful new strat for only $559.00. I've played many American Srats before, and knew right after I picked it up that this wasn't just a cheap version of the American. Five minutes later I threw down the cash and walked out a very happy man.

The neck on this guitar feels great.
It has medium jumbo frets which are my preferred size.
I like being able to see the wood grain under the paint job. I don't care for plastic looking guitars.
The pickups sound great. Alot of twang.

This isn't the most versatile guitar. The pickups are not designed for heavy distortion.
Other than that this guitar is the goods.

The Highway 1 uses a vintage vibrato unit, but I like to keep mine blocked so I couldn't tell you about its performance. Instead of a lacquer finish it uses a coat of glossy paint that lets you see the wood grain underneath. The body is made of Alder. The bridge pickup is very bright and twangy. The middle and neck pickups are a little fatter sounding than vintage pickups. All five settings sound good in their own way. Would be best suited for a bluesy crunch type of sound or for playing in clean. The neck on mine has a maple fingerboard, but I also saw one with a rosewood board. Extremely well built guitar. I also own a Mexican Standard and you can feel the superiority of this guitar right when you pick it up.

I urge anyone thinking about buying a Mexican Standard to save up $200 more and buy the Highway 1. You won't be sorry.

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