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Is This a Hwy 1 or MIA Standard??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lowphatbass, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Forgive my ignorance here, I'm less than knowledgeable on later model Fenders. The serial number Z4xxxxxx came up simply as an '04 MIA, I don't have a pic of the back of the headstock. I noticed it has threaded saddles and doesn't string through the body which I thought was pretty standard for MIA's made around that time.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
    Highway. String through the body is tell tale for American Standard.
  3. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
    Just my opinion, but these are some of Fender's best P basses, crappy finish aside.
  4. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Thank You.
  5. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Neck and body finishings and the shape of both bridges and pots suggest American Series in my humble opinion

  6. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    naw .. threaded saddles, top load only is all anyone needs to identify as an early edition Hwy 1 (number) with just a body pic ... OP is more informed than he thought, calling it correctly as a 1, and not a ONE ... :)

    Edit to add: early AmStands from 95-99, and AmSeries 2000-2007 were all STB with 3 hole mount bridges, with the coarser spiral saddles ... all Hwy 1's used the finer threaded saddle bridge with a 5 hole mount pattern ...

    ... also, if this was an '04 AmSeries, it would have the S-1 switch on the volume knob, unless of course it was removed ...
  7. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    No way.

    Toploader low-mass thin-gauge vintage bridge...

    "Standard" machines...

    Low-gloss finish...

    No doubt MIM-style trussrod adjustment at the head.
  8. Shadi

    Shadi Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Carbondale, IL
    hwy 1 for sure.