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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Highway One Strat Educomate Me!

saturn
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Swinging The Lead
Jun 29th, 2016 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Need a beater for playing out, and snagged one of these from Ebay for less than £500.

Are they half way decent?

I have some nice pickups sitting in a drawer for it, and will swap out the tuners and bridge if needed. Just wondering if it is considered a good base for a player/beater?

Thanks!

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Enjoy Every Popsicle
Jun 29th, 2016 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If this link works, it is to some reviews from folks that own one.


Looks like a decent axe.

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Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jun 30th, 2016 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IMO a great guitar. I have a Cocoa one purchased new back in 2003. Has a nice wet look deep sheen from wiping down after each play. It has two tiny dings that are not noticeable other than under the scrutiny of a close inspection. To me it is the best Strat neck I've ever played. The pickups are the same as those fitted to the MIM Classic series Strats. I think they sound good and have never had a desire to change them. Still has all the original hardware and has never had any tuning issues or any other problems (other than an early truss rod rattle which was easily fixed).

It is definitely a player and a beater because the finish is delicate and easily damaged. The price you paid lends itself to being a beater. I made a choice to look after mine and am happy I did.


Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jun 30th, 2016 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Further info can be found at

Highway Hounds

saturn
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Swinging The Lead
Jun 30th, 2016 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for that!

I kind of fixed on my other strats and don't want to drag them out and expose them to damage.

Everything I read tells me this is what I was looking for, a great basic player. I won't beat it, but it won't be babied!



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Jun 30th, 2016 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, it's a great platform for modding...

You might like the pups. Depends on what year though. After 2005, they came with hot overwound Alnico 3's.

(This message was last edited by Purple Valley at 08:04 PM, Jun 30th, 2016)

saturn
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Swinging The Lead
Jun 30th, 2016 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a 2002, and I have some proven pups to swap into it. I don't want to refinish my other guitars so I thought I would buy one I can mess with. If it plays well from the go perhaps I won't mess it up too much! I play through a lot of effects and midi guitar/synth guitar so the out of the box sound is not crucial. We shall see!

MrP22

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Jul 1st, 2016 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a maple neck large headstock on. I didn't get on with the small neck and found the pickups a bit shrill and too hot for my tastes. It was well made, though I didn't like the laquer over the actual frets. The body has really thin nitro and was a good weight- alder. I liked the body so much I kept that and swapped it onto a CS Strat that had a dull sounding ash body previously. It was about 10 years ago I did that and the partsocaster is still in that form.

teemon

Florida

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Jul 2nd, 2016 12:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Modal glad to hear you still have yours.

I had one around 2005 and I loved it. The neck was fantastic. Ditto everything modal magic said. Mine was teal green I believe with a maple neck. I really bonded with that guitar. Wish I still had it. I had to sell it for financial reasons.

Fixin to buy me a used H1 tele...

saturn
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Swinging The Lead
Jul 3rd, 2016 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It plays like butter. Hardly has a mark, and stays in tune pretty well!

Really like the neck, and playing it acoustically it is really spanky.

Will play it a while before swapping out the pups.

How can such a great guitar be so cheap?

Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jul 8th, 2016 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Saturn, any chance of posting some photos. Love looking at old Highways!

ecfan

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Jul 9th, 2016 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Loved Highways until Fender started putting the big headstocks on them; that killed it for me.

saturn
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Swinging The Lead
Jul 10th, 2016 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey MM will post some when I get back from London! It is a 2002 so a small head on it!

Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jul 10th, 2016 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool. That will be awesome Saturn.

I purchased a big head stock HWY1 when they where first released (2006 I think). It was a return to the music shop I bought it from by one of the staff so I got it at a good price. Was in perfect condition with plastic and stickers on the pickguard. It was the very first Strat I couldn't connect with and I finally understood what I'd be reading on the FDP for years. The neck was great although fatter then my 2003 HWY1. Played great but there was something that didn’t gel and put me off playing it so it lived in it's case. I eventually sold it for exactly what I payed for it. The bloke who bought it loved it.

I ended up buying a big headstock American Special Strat to replace it. A guitar that inspires me to play. Effectively a big headstock HWY1 with Texas Specials and poly finish. Also has the no tone control mid pup and Grease Bucket circuit like the later HWY1s.


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