Fender Highway One Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MichiBass, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Hello there,

    I am going to buy a Highay One Jazz Bass.

    So what I want :

    - a 4-string passive bass
    - a low-mid punch
    - a simple bass
    - a good quality bass

    So, I decided to get the Highway One, because

    - it is better then the mexican
    - it has Alnicos
    - it is made in USA :cool:
    - it's a jazz

    I am playing from jazz-funk to rock.

    The problem :

    I live in Romania, and we have there just small music stores, not huge ones, so I can't fin this bass to buy it here. I find it only at the Fender Dealer in tha capital city (600 km away), and there VERY expensive.
    I can get my Jazz through a person, who brings it to me from Germany (he buys at www.thomann.de and brings it to me, for 50 Euro charge)

    The question : Should I buy it without trying it?

    I mean, I have no place to try it, just if I go abroad, but that's a lot of money...

    I mean, can something be wrong on Made in USA?

    I will apreciate your opinions.

  2. Stox

    Stox Guest

    Mar 18, 2005
    London UK
    I sympathise, you really are in a difficult situation because of where you live. I would not buy any Fender unseen/unplayed, I had to try many before I settled on mine. In fact one of the best 4's I tried was a MIM Jazz Deluxe so no, MIA doesnt necessarily guarantee you'll get a good one IME
  3. What about Japan? Is made in Japan a Guarantee?
  4. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I think your best chances are with Fender Japan. They are very hot items now because of how well they are made. I just got a '62 Re-Issue Jazz fretless, the best Fender I have ever played! The quality and workmanship of this bass is way better then any new MIA or MIM basses I tried. Plus this bass played like butter right out of the box. If I get another Fender (I have 3 already!), it will be from Japan. Plus the prices tend to be cheaper then the MIA models. See for yourself, here is the Japanese model I just got....


    The Highway 1's are very good instruments, but not as good as the Crafted in Japan Fenders......at least that has been my experience.
  5. Micolao


    Sep 7, 2005
    Japan Fenders are greaaaat for the price, great quality of construction, you can't go wrong with it in my opinion, if you find a good price also the Highway is a good one.
  6. Sorry to hijack the thread, but where can you order MIJ Fenders?
  7. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    There are a number of web sites you can go to. I know a number of people here in TB land have use Ishibashi Music. I used GuitarJapan.com. I liked them because they post their prices in US dollar and accept PayPal for payment. Very nice people to deal with and got my bass in 1 week (Japan to Florida).
  8. UtBDan


    Oct 29, 2004
    can someone tell me which Jazz bass is what, though, on guitar Japan?
  9. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Fender Japan has almost totally different models then here in US. Most models that start with "JB62", are kinda modeled after '62 jazz bass specs, were the JB75 are after the 1975 jazz basses. Your best best is just look at the specs and compare them to what is on Fender's web site.
  10. Stox

    Stox Guest

    Mar 18, 2005
    London UK
    Its not a guarantee by any means but, I think on balance MIJ's (or more correctly CIJ's) probably have the best consistency going on reputation on this board. If you've have to get one unseen or unplayed ordering a CIJ probably mitigates the chances of getting a wrong 'un.
  11. So, should I buy a Fender Japan?

    I see there are prices with HSC, that means a real Hard Shell Case? Fender HSC?
    Hmm, I hope they ship it to Romania.

    Can you picture for me the HSC please?

    Thanks a lot !
  12. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Your best bet is to just email them and ask...In the case of my 62 RI Fretless, it came with a gig bag.
  13. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    i may be missing something, but...uh...wouldnt you want an amp before a second bass?

  14. Yep, you are right, BUT

    - I have no band
    - I have no place to play with an amp, I live in a small apartement with other 3 guys
    - I study with earphones
    - I HATE my Yamaha RBX 375 because of the bad China quality, and the 5th string which i DON'T need!

    So, maybe an amp later... I will have one, don't worry
  15. So should I buy the Japanese One instead of the American one?
  16. They're both good choices.

    FWIW, I've got a highway 1 p bass. Sounds fantastsic, tone to die for, plays very well, very comfortable. I really like the "vintage alnico pickups" , very warm,clear and responsive.

    The neck feels very nice, though I like a jazz bass neck a bit more. It feels solid. the neck is very stable through hot and humid summers and cold, cold winters

    I don't think you would be going wrong with the Highway 1. If you can hget a highway 1 jazz bass at a reasonable price in your part of the world, go for it! It's a fine tool.
  17. I can get it for 666 Euros plus 50 Euro shipping, I live in Romania, and a dude buys it for me from Germany (www.thomann.de) and brings it to me.
  18. Here in the US of A, the big mail order houses sell them for about $675 (US Dollars) delivered , I think. I don't know how the Euro compares to the dollar right now. I'll bet that there is a converter on the net somewhere that'll tell you the current exchange rate.

    The delivery thing seems reasonable.

    As far as being worth it or not, I think that they are nice basses. Good Luck!
  19. I can't buy the Japanese ones, because I have to pay customs :rollno: , so I am gonna buy soon a Highway One soon... unseen, but I have the money back guarantee.
    What about that? if I don't like it, i send it back !

    Another question : How is the spiral vintage bridge on the Highway One Jazz? Can I choose the string spacing? Doesen't it slip back when I go too much at a side?
  20. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    I think so, yes. And, just to be clear, the Highway 1 is Mexican, not American.

    Fender Japan will give you the best quality for your money, as well as a surer bet that you won't get a dud.

    edit: Just saw your last post, so...nevermind.