I've been playing for a year and a half now, and feel i have outgrown my Epiphone LP. I have a budget of £550 and play blues, metal, rock, funk, pop. Hendrix is my idle, so i guess a Strat would be a dream come true for me. I need a versatile guitar to be able to cover the genres i play, so i was thinking H-S-S setup.

My options at the moment are these two:

Fender Highway One Strat HSS £550

Fender Standard Strat HSS £350

I was hoping you could tell me if the Highway One is worth the extra cash (i was hoping to be able to afford a ticket to Sonisphere festival!), and if there are any other options, as i would be happy to go for another guitar that isn't a Strat if it's my best option.

The Highway one is american made, and the quality is better, but as far as playability goes, I would say they are at about the same level. I haven't had more then 15 minutes play time on either.
Or u can find a SSS guitar with an SC sized humbucker (bridge). Should cover all that. I would get the standard and after some months if unhappy with the tone maybe get a pickup upgrade. But it all comes down to comfort.
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The Highway One has a very thin nitro satin finish; some people like it, some people don't. It also has 22 jumbo frets, alnico pickups and, on the newer ones, a 70's style headstock.

The Standard has a poly finish (which is more durable and thicker), 21 medium jumbo frets, ceramic pickups, and the smaller headstock.

Really, you have to play them to see which one you prefer.
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I like the highway one actually. Saying that, you could probably get a used USA strat for the same money.
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