FENDER HIGHWAY ONE 1 STRATOCASTER HSS + S1 USA NITRO AMERICAN BLACK STRAT RELIC 21189
This is a 2007 Fender Highway One Stratocaster in Ebony finish. Great looking and playing guitar. Well-loved worn look, and I will note that the black finish on this Hwy 1 is a little more special than most I have seen before. Made in USA with a thin nitro finish to show wear quickly AND let your tone come through. These come outfitted with overwound Alnico 3 pickups and a "Greasebucket" tone circuit for great tone. Fat sounding humbucker at the bridge and middle pickup is reverse wound to lessen hum. This also has the S1 switch--doubles the amount sounds you can get--must be an upgrade--never seen it before on a Highway 1! Modern C-shaped neck and jumbo frets with some mild flattening/grooves. Plays great up and down the neck. Upgraded Sperzel locking tuners. Soft satin finish on back of neck. Large 70s-style headstock. Mild wear around the edges and various scuffs add character, like a nice mild relic job. These are becoming collectible. Guitarists have realized the Highway 1 quality and they often sell for more than standard USA models of the same period. Weight is 7 pounds, 15 ounces. No tremolo bar or case. I do a full cleaning and setup on all guitars. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing.) Thanks for looking.
What You Get
-- Full setup, cleaning, and new strings.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.
See below for video demo of similar guitar.
If you're looking for the best value in Fender's traditional American craftsmanship and distinctive rock sound, the Highway One Series Stratocaster is the best place to start. Although they are the lowest priced Strats made in Fender's US factory, Highway One gives you everything that made the Stratocaster the standard for generations. You sacrifice very little for the savings, other than the hardshell case that comes with other American Stratocasters. Instead, you get an excellent deluxe gig bag.
The Highway One models are hot-rodded versions of a '70s-style Strat with jumbo frets, a rounder tone and higher gain, as well as a thin-coated nitrocellulose body which allows the tone of the wood to come out. Two configurations are available:
The Highway One Stratocaster (also available left-handed) which features the standard Stratocaster pickup configuration of three single-coil pickups and the Highway One Stratocaster HSS - which features one humbucker and two single coil pickup.
Highway One Stratocaster:
Modern "C"-shape neck 9-1/2" maple or rosewood fingerboard with jumbo frets
Maple neck with satin urethane finish '70s-style large headstock with a black logo
Standard sealed/cast tuners Alder body with a satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish that lets you see the quality of the wood and workmanship.
The neck has the renowned Fender fit and finish that makes it comfortable to play for hours and easy to get around the fingerboard at the highest frets.
Fender Hot Single-Coil Strat Bridge, Middle and Neck pickups with Alnico 3 magnets. The middle position pickup is reverse-wound/reverse-polarity. 5-way selector switch paired with Fender's Greasebucket Tone Circuit (which rolls off the highs without adding bass) with controls for Master Volume, Tone 1 for the neck pickup , and Tone 2 for the bridge pickup.
Vintage-Style Synchronized tremolo bridge 3-ply parchment plastic pickguard and parchment plastic control knobs complete the package.
Highway One Stratocaster HSS:
The Highway One Stratocaster HSS has the same primary features and electronics as the Highway One Stratocaster, but also includes:
Fender Atomic Hot Humbucking bridge pickup for heavy-duty tones along with the Hot Single-Coil Strat Middle and Neck pickups.
This model is available with a rosewood fingerboard only.
Although the Highway One Series does not have the S1 switching circuit of more expensive models, the hot rodded electronics of the Highway One makes it a great sounding instrument with noticeable improvements over some of the 70's models you hear in some of the great rock recordings of the past.
My setup on guitars includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. I spray out any pots that are noisy. I turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. I don't claim to be a trained luthier, but I'm able to set guitars/basses for a reasonable out-of-box experience and have had very few complaints. If you're looking for the perfect setup on a used guitar, please expect to take it to a trained luthier who is familiar with your individual playing style and preferences. ps: basses get the same setup minus the new strings. Thanks!
I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.