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Fender Highway One Tuners - Worth swapping out?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringdrums, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Does anyone here know if, or has anyone swapped out the tuners on a Fender Highway One? After having mine a while I'm starting to wonder if they're not the most precise and would be benefited by installing cloverleaf Hipshots. I'm not looking to reduce weight, only improve functionality. I just don't want to spend the $70 or whatever they're running for now and have it not be THAT big of a difference.
  2. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    IMHO it's not worth it unless you're having a significant problem tuning it or keeping it in tune. I still have the original tuners on my Geddy, which are pretty low quality, but they do well enough, so I'm leaving them alone. :)
  3. playibanez


    Apr 3, 2006
    my highway one seems to stay in tune pretty nice and i check it often.

    i like how the tuners look too.
  4. doktorfeelgood

    doktorfeelgood layin' it down like pavement

    I have a 2006 Highway 1 Jazz and I swapped out the original tuners for clover-leaf HipShot Ultra Lights. I mainly did it to lighten up the headstock fotr better balance and no neck dive. But the extra benefit is a more precise tuner. You will notice a differenece with the functionality of the HipShots over the stock tuners but unless you're looking for the weight reduction as well, I'd say you might not want to spend the dough for tuners that are not a HUGE difference in functionality over the stock ones. I'd like to know where you can get the HipShots for $70 though. I've never seen for that low a price. I have them on all 3 of my gigging basses. Best tuners ever made IMHO. Real works of art. )-(
  5. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    The regular Hipshot cloverleafs are $20/per at www.basspartsresource.com so I was $10 off. I wasn't thinking specifically of the Ultralights which are $24/per.
  6. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    My friend has a Highway 1 P-Bass, and she's still got the stock tuners on 5 years later without any troubles.
  7. doktorfeelgood

    doktorfeelgood layin' it down like pavement

    The Standard Hipshot Cloverleaf tuners are IMHO, only marginally better than the tuners that come stock on the Highway 1 basses and therefore to me, not worth the $70 or so dollars that you'd have to pay for just a slight upgrade. But then again it's only my opinion. )-(
  8. If they're working, there is no reason to replace them.
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