Parts-o-caster using a Fender HWY 1 body?

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  1. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    So...I'm thinking of making a parts o caster semi-relic.

    Lately I found a Fender HWY 1 body that lightweight and cheap $.
    It is nitro but I think it has a poly undercoat...
    It is satin finished instead of gloss...
    I assume the satin finish will buff to a gloss...
    The wood is prabably not Fender's best I also assume...
    I was thinking putting some great hardware on it...maybe Callaham, etc.

    What's the deal with the HWY 1...are they good for the money?
    Will the nitro crack having poly underneath?
    Anyone make one similar?
     
  2. Southerntwang

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    I did exactly what you are talking about. I took a 2007 Highway and did the following:

    1. Polished out the nitro to a high gloss using Meguir's Automotive Compound & Polish
    2. Shielded the pickup and control cavities with Conductive Tape
    3. Installed Callaham Bridge Block & Saddles
    4. Installed 5 Trem springs and mounted bridge flush to body
    5. Installed Schaller locking tuners and Shcaller Straplocks
    6. Installed ACME GUITAR WORKS prewired pickguard assembly which was built "Full Tilt" with Van Zandt Rock Set single coil pickups, volume mod and blender knob.

    I think that the Highways make AWESOME starting points for customized strats. The are built solid and my resulting guitar rocks hard!
     
  3. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks Southerntwang...that's the post I've been looking for!

    One difference is that I will not have a neck yet. I wonder if a Musickraft or GuitarMill neck would fit?
     
  4. KSKONDOR

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    I have one from the first year of production. I basically did what was mentioned above except went a step further and took it down to the wood and used Reranch nitro. I have several top of the line guitars and the HWY 1 that I refinished and customized is still teh first one I grab. The Callam Bridge really makes it ring.
     
  5. Johnnytone

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    I have 2 HW1 parts-Teles.

    I left one body as-is and it's getting pretty beat up just hanging around:dude

    The other one I stripped down to the wood (VERY EASY with their finish) and painted with Red Rustoleum Spray lacquer. Just gave it a few coats. No clear coats or sanding. I threw a relic'd neck on it, some aged hardware and it is the guitar I pick up first. It is also showing significant signs of wear (which is fine by me).

    I'd love to get another one for another project.
     
  6. HHB

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    watch out for orange peel when you buff, other than that my parts tele w/ a HWY1 body and Allparts FAT neck is awesome ( and mines a relic-ish guitar so the peel dont bother me much )
     
  7. Johnnytone

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    Yep. Both mine sport the TMNF.
     

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