FSR highway one strats

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  1. rollyfoster

    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    looking for more info about these "fender special run" guitars since i've never heard of them and evidently a 6 pack of guinness got the better of me and i got a fricking sweet deal on one on ebay last night....

    i was jonesing for a jeff beck strat, but couldn't pass up the deal i got on this thing.

    so, what's the neck like?
    how about the "custom 69" pickups?

    here 'tis and some info

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  2. kanderson

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    I have one like that. It's a Limited Edition model with that finish and the '69 pickups. I think I paid $900 brand new for mine last year. I absolutely love mine. The neck is slim, not chunky. The grease bucket tone control really works well and the jumbo frets make fretting so easy. The '69 pickups sound wonderful in it. Very cool guitar IMHO.
     
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    is the middle pup RW/RP?
     
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    good question... I don't really know. Maybe someone else can chime in on that.

    here's some specs I found on it:
    Model Name: FSR Highway OneTM Stratocaster(r)
    Model Number: 017-0069-(357)
    Series: Highway OneTM Series
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple, Modern "C" Shape,
    (Light Tint Satin Polyurethane Finish)
    Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius (241mm)
    No. of Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets
    Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
    Width @ Nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Fender(r)/Ping(r) Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
    Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
    Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
    Pickups: 3 Custom '69 Single-Coil Strat(r) Pickups with Grey Bobbins
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
    Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
    Position 3. Middle Pickup
    Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
    Position 5. Neck Pickup
    Controls: Master Volume,
    Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), GreasebucketTM Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs
    without Adding Bass)
    Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), GreasebucketTM Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs
    without Adding Bass)
    Colors: (357) Surf Green,
    (Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
    Strings: Fender(r) Super Bullets(r) 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to
    .042), p/n 073-3250-003
    Unique Features: Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Body Finish,
    Aged Plastic Parts,
    Contemporary Headstock Shape,
    Spaghetti Logo,
    Original Body Shape,
    "Original Contour Body" Decal on Headstock
    Source: U.S.
    Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag
    INTRODUCED: 1/2007
     
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    Lark Street Music has or at least had one of these in the shop the last time I was in. I played it briefly and it was very nice. A very nice set of features. I don't think you can go wrong with it.
     
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    Sorry for the simple question, but what does the FSR stand for on these models?

    Thanks
     
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    looks like the middle pup is RW, after all, from what i read on ultimate-guitar.com
     
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    I have one of these, looks like 3 of the 150 are accounted for here in this thread :). Can't really add anything on the specs. just wanted to say I like mine.
     
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    the guitar got here today! really nice. i forgot what hissy single coils sound like!

    to other owners: what do you think of the satin nitro finish? i was thrown off at first but now i kind of dig it. first time i've ever seen an almost "matte" finish on a guitar with no shiny sheen...
     
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    I have a Hwy 1 Tele and love the satin finish. It will age nicely and shine up a little from just wiping the guitar down occasionally. You can buff it out to more of a shine and there have been posts about how to do that.
     
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    sorry... haven't checked this thread in a while. At first I didn't really like the satin finish on it, but it grew on me. I've noticed that the oil from my right forearm has put a bit of an oily shine on the contoured part. Yeah the single coils are not noiseless by any means, but they do sound good.

    here's a clip of something I recorded with my surf green highway one strat... http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6716292
     
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    i love the satin finish now. no fingerprint smudges!
     
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    I have one of the 2007 Highway One FSR Surf Green Strats. I wouldn't trade it for any other modern strat. The custom shop 69 pickups are amazing. Although you do need to tinker with the pickup height, tone and volume and amp settings to get that special tone, but when you do......simply amazing. The mid pickup is not reverse wound. They are a bit noisy, but that is the way it should be. I customized the switch so one tone knob works for the neck and mid pickup and one tone for the bridge pickup. I especially prefer setting the switch in the 2 position (bridge and mid) with the bridge tone at 10 and the mid tone at 5. The finish is great, especially with the mint green pickguard. I have found that the tone is better with heavier strings 11's and the action between 6-7/64 low E and 5/64 high E. Any lower and you will get buzzing because of the staggered pickup magnets on the G & D. I own another strat and an 85 Les Paul but this one is the one I pick up the most....it has a certain mojo. I call it the "Green Bastard" because it took alot of tinkering to make it perfect, but it's worth it. With a Stratocaster you need to work at the perfect tone, and that weeds out the wanna-be's!
    PS Try it with a Boss DS-1 (Keeley Mod), it will scream and moan for you.
     
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    69 Pickups are super verstile and very articulate....Prob my fav over a handful of American strat series single coils and a handful of Duncans...
    Really creamy and yet bright neck tones...but,
    the bridge can come across as very thin if you don't have any tone control over it....A FSR should come with that feature IMO......
    Even if not, that you get that voodoo child high pitched scream on the thru bridge on a high bend!!!
     

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