NBD— 16-year-old beaut!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by P Cheen, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me.

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    Got my first American instrument today, a 2004 (or 2005) Fender Highway 1 Jazz Bass in 3-Color Sunburst. This baby has a LOT of nicks, dings, and scratches, and even a chip, but I love the overall vintage vibe that this gives. Check that satin lacquer finish:


    The neck is thicker and rounder (and more of a C shape) than my MIM Deluxe PJ and the Player Series Jazz Bass, which are both more of a “D” shape. The tuners and the truss rod turn so smoothly. Speaking of smooth, the fret edges seem to not even exist...


    I immediately put a set of DR Lo-Riders I had lying around, only to realize I much prefer the Hi-Beams. And last but not least, the vintage saddle bridge is going to make way for a Hipshot KickAss. I’m looking forward to putting this through its paces.
  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    Very pretty!

    Question(s)... My eyes leapt to this right away. Is it the camera angle, or does the pickguard really not line up with the control plate? I expect this on my El Cheapo jazzes, but don't expect it on a "high end" Fender. Is this normal for the Highway 1s?

    Maybe I'm too nitpicky. Is my nitpickyness making me see issues that aren't there?
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  3. HalfManHalfBass


    Jan 21, 2003
    That's one of the better ones I'd say and all part of the hit or miss recipe for "7ender magic mojo".

    To be honest, that area is difficult for a bevelled scratchplate to line up with exactly and I have seen worse and better. However, if that's the worst problem this 7ender's got, I'd consider that a small blessing.
  4. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Nice! You should call it Christine. ;)

    The Highway 1s weren't high-end Fenders, if I remember correctly.
  5. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    It's just me, then. That's OK. o_O Really! It is! I already know I'm more "uptight" about some things than others, so it's good to demarcate another "boundary."
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  6. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    My 2007 mim std jazz also has similar case.
  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    nice find, OP! sounds like it ticks some of your boxes --- and you describe it as a real player for you --- great stuff! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  8. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me.

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    It is misaligned, but I think partly because the pickguard might’ve shrunk a bit. In any case, I was gonna swap it with tort anyway! Or maybe no pickguard...if there aren’t any holes underneath (haven’t checked yet).
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  9. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    That is very common on Jazz basses.
  10. 2004 and 2005 are now vintage....
  11. Nice Bass though, I like the neck.
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  12. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    To the OP, Nice bass enjoy it. I always liked the Highway One series, especially the satin finish.
    To Volker, I had a pickguard/control Plate issue like that with a Custom Shop Custom Classic Jazz Bass that I waited 9 months for. Also had swirling in the clear finish. That was a few of the reasons why I play Sadowskys now.
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  13. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me.

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    Thinking how I was in fourth grade when this baby was made. Ha!
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  14. Lava

    Lava Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    The Highway 1 was a great line! Kudos.
    FYI, I've seen misaligned PG/CP on Squires to Elites.
  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That's pretty sweet. Wouldn't spend any time worrying about the pick guard.
  16. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Nope. They're standard
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  17. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me.

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    Does anybody know how much they went for back in ‘03-‘05? Before the Highway One revamp came out, because I’m pretty sure they were discounted after ‘06 or something.
  18. That's a beautiful Jazz. Nice score.
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  19. Peteyboy


    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Dude, for making me feel old? You're so grounded.
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  20. Ryno1330


    Jan 14, 2020
    Sunburst and rosewood on a jazz? You friend, have great taste. Play it until the frets fall off.
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