HWY 1 P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WallyN, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. WallyN


    Jan 11, 2013
    Hi there,

    I recently acquired my first Fender P, a "Classic 50's" Honey Blonde. WOW, it was like a bolt of lightening and overnight I have fallen in love with the P. I can't imagine playing anything else now. So it's time for a back up.

    I have a line on a 2004 Hwy 1 (or One) and a standard MIM P. I have played a few MIM's and for the most part I dig the ones I tried but have never seen or played a HWY 1. Advice, suggestions please!
  2. I have a 2003 Highway One Jazz Bass (non-Badss bridge. 3-tone SB, WD Tortie scratchplate)- it's my "go-to" bass guitar. Everybody who plays it wants to buy it from me! So i'm a fan of the Highway Ones definitely!
  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Highway 1= big bang for the buck IMO. Same with American Specials.
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Definitely - especially on the used market...

    - georgestrings
  5. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Except a highway has a Badass 2 bridge, and graphite rods in the neck as well as being MIA. Mine happened to also have an Am Standard pickup too.

    ALOT more bang with a Hwy IMO.
  6. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    I have a 2006 Highway One Jazz Bass, and I love it!! No way I'll let it go! It would take nearly twice what I paid for it to find something comparable...

    That being said, there's a lemon in every batch. I'd definitely check it out, if you have access to it.
  7. WallyN


    Jan 11, 2013
    Thanks for all the advice, think I will go check out the Highway one later this week.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    MIM P is nice, but the HWY1 is nicer :)
  9. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    To each their own, I suppose - but there really wouldn't be much difference in the bodies, if any at all - and some people prefer a nitro finish over what you're calling a "real" finish... Hardware is pretty much the same, unless it's a One with a BAII bridge - but the biggest difference *to me* is the necks - the Highway One basses have the posiflex rods in the neck, which generally makes them a better neck...

    - georgestrings
  10. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    I know it has been said already but the Highway 1's are fantastic had one for a while and loved it. The only reason I sold it was because I was stupid. :atoz:
  11. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    IMO & IME the Highway One line was the best bang for the buck in the whole Fender bass catalog. Figures they would discontinue them :rollno:
  12. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    You are correct about the Hwy basses having a Badass bridge. However you are wrong about the neck. The American Specials have Posiflex graphite rods. Check the specs: http://www.fender.com/en-CA/basses/...on-bass-rosewood-fingerboard-3-color-sunburst.
  13. Soonerbldr


    Jul 31, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I own a MIM P. It is a nice bass but the Hwy 1 has better components and as long as it is not beat up would likely be a better bass than the MIM P. My PUPS on my MIM P are not that great and I am looking to switch them out, the truss rod cover on the back of the neck was not flush so I had to sand it out and reseal it... It is a good insturment for the price but it is just not finished well.
  14. The 2004 models had a standard bridge (I have one, and it´s the one bass I´m never ever going to sell - it´s brilliant). The version with the badass bridge came later (along with the TV logo I think).
  15. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for pointing that out - didn't realize that. If these are made as well as the HWY One's, the tradeoff between the 2 seems then to basically be a poly finish and the option for a maple board on some models, AFAIK the Hwy One's didnt offer maple boards at all. Seems pretty equal and some people don't like the Badass bridges anyway.
  16. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010

    +(highway) 1 ;)
  17. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002

    I like both but I am a sucker for a maple board. I wouldn't mind a Hwy 1 Precision to go with my AS Precision. Great basses.
  18. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm never selling mine (famous last words). :bassist: I did change out the Greasebucket for a standard .047 cap though.
  19. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Definitely famous last words :D I am keeping the Greasebucket on my Jazz but I don't see too much value in it on my Precision. I just want to add a HipShot Xtender to my Precision and I am good. That said, my Precision is my favourite bass and these basses are definitely the most comfortable Fenders I have played.
  20. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    If I recall correctly, Fender confused everybody by switching from "Highway 1" to "Highway One" in circa 2006. At the same time they switched to the upgraded components (like the BA bridge, graphite reinforced neck, and vintage logo style IIRC). The sale price increased significantly too.

    In the used marketplace, people use "Highway 1" and "Highway One" interchangeably, so beware that they are not equivalent. The later "One" models (2006+) are generally more valuable. But of course every bass is unique and YMMV, etc. :)