NBD - Highway One Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hank Scorpio, Feb 11, 2014.


  1. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio

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    Traded a Modern Player Jazz bass for a Highway One Precision, and received the latter today.

    It's a 2008 upgraded model, so has the reinforced neck (graphite rods, I believe?), Badass II bridge, Greasebucket tone control, and of course the nitro finish.

    Not spent long with the bass, but it's a very comfortable weight, and the neck is fantastic. May get the fingerboard edges rolled, but that's about it.

    The colour is, I believe, Wine Transparent (maybe Midnight Wine?), almost a burgundy, with the wood grain visible through it. The grain on the back of the neck is very nice, too. I can see this becoming my number 1, if it sounds as good in a band mix as it plays!

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  2. BassmanM

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  3. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

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    Nice basses!! Nice necks, BadassII bridges, alder bodies. Decent pickups, too. Fender 56003/56004 set, Fender part # 005-6004-049. Standard in the American Series pre 2008, Classic 50s, Road Worns, and Highway Ones.

    Congratulations and enjoy!!
     
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Very nice basses congrats I personally wouldn't do a thing to it she is ready to rock!
     
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  6. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio

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    Thanks for the information! It feels like a very well put together instrument, in fact it's my first Fender bass to bear the 'Made In USA' label on the headstock.

    I did consider swapping the pickguard out for a black one, but with the richness of the burgundy, I think the parchment may be sticking around.
     
  7. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio

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    Just weight it, seems to be around 9lbs, probably slightly under, judging by my bathroom scales. Very manageable weight for me, by no means my lightest bass, but far from my heaviest.
     
  8. Bongolation

    Bongolation

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    Not necessarily. They changed to the 61276/7 set with the rest of the models when they came along. The 5600* pickup will usually have beveled magnets.

    Lots of surprises when you open up Fenders on the bench. ;)

    HO Precisions are nice instruments once you pull that BAII and sell it for a hefty price.
     
  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    cool, i liked mine, but the tone knob wasn't super effective so it had to go
     
  10. SlingBass4

    SlingBass4 Supporting Member

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    That and the Jazz are arguably the best bang for the buck Fender has put out in MANY years IMO & IME :smug:
     
  11. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil I'm your huckleberry... Supporting Member

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    Congrats! I had that same bass, and it was one of the best basses I've ever had. The color is midnight wine. They are well built, great playing basses.
     
  12. Bongolation

    Bongolation

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    The very week I did this, thereby ending my gigging forever, I got a matching pair of new cherrypicked 3CSB HOs, a Jazz and a Precision to use as expendable stage basses, a purpose for which they were obviously never used.

    I figured they (with a bunch of bench time) would be 100% pro-grade without being too valuable to knock around. I got a very long deal on them, and after selling off the BAIIs to a dealer, I actually had under $300 in the Jazz and only about $40 more in the Precision.
     
  13. JellinWellen

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    Nice bass, and nice name too. I was always a big simpsons buff.
     
  14. SlingBass4

    SlingBass4 Supporting Member

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    That totally gives me the creeps [​IMG] My condolences!
     
  15. Space Pickle

    Space Pickle

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    SCORPIO!

    he'll welcome you into his lair
    like the nobleman welcomes his guest
    with free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!
     
  16. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    Very nice bass, congrats.

    I changed out the Badass on mine for a Fender threaded saddle bridge (my fave), and saved 1/4 pound.
     
  17. Sleeq

    Sleeq Supporting Member

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    Sweet. I've been GASing for one in Honey Blonde to be my beater bass.
     
  18. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio

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    Thanks for all the kind words about the bass (and my username!), I've had to order some Allen keys to fit the BA II, so I can get it set up to my liking. If anything, the actions a little low for my playing, with a small amount of buzz on two strings when I dig in.
     
  19. Mr. Sound

    Mr. Sound Supporting Member

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    Well done Hank! (can I call you the boss?) The key from my BA2 (must get around to selling it) fits the Wilkinson with the brass saddles!
     

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  20. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    Nice. Precisions are cool. Was the BAII a stock item or was it added?
     
  21. pudgychef

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    BAII was stock on the later model Highway One basses...along with graphite rods - they were great value at the end and I prefer them to the current American Specials (ime, imho, ymmv)

    EDIT: CONGRATS ON A SWEET NEW P - wish I had never gotten rid of my HWY 1 P
     

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