Fender Modded Highway One Telecaster Flat Black USA 2009
Fender Highway One Tele, flat black, made in USA 2009. The Highway One series was Fender's no-nonsense entry point for USA made guitars, pre-dating the American Special line by a few years. This version of the model got all the good stuff that the earlier ones didn't get: a thin satin nitro finish, the widely praised 'Greasebucket' tone circuit and hot output alnico III pickups. This one has also been under the knife: it's been routed for a humbucker and blessed with the finest of Wide-Range style pickups, the Lollar Regal humbucker, as well as new guard to match and a sturdy sxc saddle bridge for easy and accurate intonation. All that adds up to a mammoth take on the Tele Twang... the super thin nitro finish means the alder body really gets moving with each touch of the strings, adding a heap of warmth and body to the tone the pickups crank out; it's pretty hot and certainly happiest pushing a tube amp to a creamy, twang natural breakup. The slim 'modern C' neck with contemporary 9.5" radius and very tall frets is conducive to quick leads and acrobatic bends; there's a whole lot of sensible shredability on tap. The matte finish has a handful of knocks and some glossing from play; it's looking all the more alluring with a few miles on the clock. This is a great little gig machine; it'll surely bring the goods night after night no matter the brief.
Model: Fender Highway One Telecaster
Made: Corona, California USA 2009 (serial Z9454155)
Finish: flat black in satin nitro, 3-ply black guard
Neck: maple, maple board, 25.5" scale, 9.5" radius
Mods: body routed for humbucker in neck position, neck pickup replaced, bridge plate inc saddles replaced
Pickups: Lollar Regal HB in neck, Fender Hot Tele Alnico 3 single coil in bridge
Case: basic generic non-original used hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has a couple of dings on the end and bottom edge. The neck is pretty clean and smooth in the hands, just some light glossing from play. The back has some glossing and rub wear and a few dimples near the ferrules, no major marks though. The sides have a few little marks: some dimples and small dents on the top horn and shoulder, a line of minor scuffs/chips along the back edge past the rear strap button, some minor dimples and glossing on the bottom horn. The front is free from major marks, just some dimples around the knobs and bridge, a couple of dimples on the shoulder and top horn, and some normal play wear scratches on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets are in good condition with some minor wear, 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46s.