Highway 1 Telecaster review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (186 votes)
Fender: Highway 1 Telecaster

Price paid: £ 450

Purchased from: Howarths music

Sound — 10
The sounds are pure Telecaster, a good Tele can cover just about any music style its down to the player. I play mine through a Vox VT15. The older its getting the better its sounding. The sounds on clean settings have the classic twang and crank up the dirty settings and it turns into a monster. These highway ones are just as good as the standards don't let anyone tell you different only the finish puts some off. Soundwise not much in it.

Overall Impression — 10
I play lots of sixties stuff Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, its just about perfect. It was and still is my best guitar and would never part with it. If you want a good playing great sounding guitar at a reasonable price these are Fenders American bluecollar instruments if they were good enough for the late great Danny Gatton who are we to argue. Nuff said.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Live playing no problem, I can see these models becoming classics in years to come as I believe Fender has now discontinued this model. There are sixty year old Teles still being used out there if you get one of these its a friend for life. It will just gain character. How much dependability do you need.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was set up perfectly by the shop (thanks Dave) and fit and finish was and still is flawless.Heard a few tales of dodgy examples but mine is a goodun. As with any guitar check it out its in your own interest. I think buying from a shop you know and trust makes sense when spending quite a lot. E-bayers beware.

Features — 9
I bought my Tele 2 years ago, its a 2008 model made in America. Maple neck with jumbo frets. Alder body with a sunburst nitro finish. Mine has the Texas Special pickups and Greasebucket circuit. Tuners are Fenders own. Mine was sold with a padded Fender gigbag, Good bag but a hardcase would have been nice for such a good quality guitar. Bit of Fender cost cutting. Loses a point for that.

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