Highway 1 Telecaster review by Fender

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (186 votes)
Fender: Highway 1 Telecaster

Price paid: A$ 1499

Purchased from: Rockshop NEW ZEALAND

Sound — 9
i mainly play rock of variations, stuff like paramore and daughtry thru to some heavier stuff like kse and children of bodom, i havnt really tried it with the heavier stuff yet but i feel it will probably be okay with it, ive played a few paramore songs with it and it can re create the farro bros. sound perfectly it sounds amazing, i am currently running it through a Line 6 spider 3 120 2x10 combo which is perfect for this guitar because on hi gain setting the built in noise gate stops the hum from single coils. the cleans on this guitar in both the neck and bridge are amazing but i think when you give it some gain it really shines.

Overall Impression — 10
i am used to play les pauls and always thought that i would stick to les pauls forever after the one ive got but when i picked this up there was something different about it, it felt really nice to have this in my hands. this guitar will play anything if you want to make it. if it was stolen i would definitely get another although i wud have to wait to get the money somehow. i did compare this before buying to a Gibson Les Paul and a highway one Strat and this won hands down, it felt the best, looked the best and was just too good of a deal to pass up.

Reliability & Durability — 9
this guitar will withstand live playing, i only got it today but i know it will. hardware seems like it will last a good long time, strap buttons are Vintage style and they are very sturdy i dont think it will drop ever. i would always have a backup at a gig incase of string breaks but i would definitely think nothing else besides that would go wrong. good finish, the satin looks and feels really nice.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
factory set up was flawless, nothing was wrong with anything, they say sometimes it may need adjusting because of how it was sent or whatever but not this one it was perfect. pickups were perfect height also. guitar had no flaws to body or finish or neck or hardware nothing it was amazing from the work go.

Features — 9
it was made in USA, not sure what year it was made but i think pretty recent. it has 22 jumbo frets on a beautiful maple neck, 25.5" scale. Body is solid Alder and is finished in fenders Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish, basically just a satin black or satin sunburst (mine is black). Tele shape of course, what else is there? bridge is a Standard tele style with the strings thru the body. passive "Hot Tele" alnico 3 single coil pickups, controls are single 3 way selector switch, one volume and one tone. tuners are Standard Fender cast/sealed heads. This came with an instruction booklet and some alan keys for adjustments and my local shop was having a deal to get a cheap hardcase along with the guitar so i got the free gig bag that comes with the guitar Standard and a Warwick rockcase to fit for a mere 89 dollars.

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