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Fender Highway One P Bass

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The American-made Precision Bass is a classic, the most widely played and enduringly popular bass worldwide. It was Fender's first bass and in all th...Click To Read More About This Product

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American-made, lacquer finished, and now a Badass bridge!

The American-made Precision Bass is a classic, the most widely played and enduringly popular bass worldwide. It was Fender's first bass and in all this time its design has only been refined, not changed. The Highway One P Bass is American made and sports a thin satin lacquer finish that looks great, lets the grain of the alder show through, and ages beautifully. Now the Highway One has been further upgraded with a Badass II bridge. Changing to a heavier bridge is the most common modification made by P Bass owners. The Highway One comes premodified by Fender, along with cool '70s styling and the lowest price of any American-made Fender P Bass.

FEATURES
  • American made
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Traditional split single-coil pickup
  • Thin lacquer finish
  • Badass II bridge
  • Includes deluxe gig bag
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4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A compromise for some, but not for me.

By LDBC

from Los Angeles

I have now had my HWY 1 for 2 months now, and it has become my main bass by far. My Ray has taken a backseat to this tone beauty. Here's why - the neck and sheer playability. I cannot express how much I love this neck. My hands cramp up on my ray after 30 min, on this bass, never. The weight for this quality piece of wood is awesome. Light is right! This is a true players bass. I assume that one of the "compromises" that allows you to get the lowest priced made in the USA Fender, is that the neck profile is not the exact same "C" shape that appears on the higher end MIA deluxe models. It's a mix of a P and Jazz. To me, this is a plus! (read: follow this title of this review). I have big hands and it is absurdly comfortable and stiff. The 2 graphite rods in the neck not only keeps it light, but has allowed me to get an incredible low action, lowest of all basses I have ever owned. I put flats on it and I have a beefy, meaty fingerstyle tone that really cuts through. I was never a Fender owner or believer prior to this bass...I owned MIA Tobias and this outperforms it in every way. I'm a believer now. Although the tonal options on my Ray are awesome and can let you be creative, it is a real pleasure to just play somthing that sounds good all of the time - no futzing about with the controls constantly, and allows you to focus on staying in the pocket, a nice change for me.In refering to the title again, Fender purists will tell you that the Badass2 bridge is not the way a P is supposed to sound. That may be true, but I love it. The larger mass adds more sustain and to me, a slightly snappier sound, that suits my style. If you want to mud it up a little more, get a bass with vintage bridge or swap it out, (will leave a unfilled space on the bass though...)I have seen some complaints about the tuners, but mine are just fine, and have not gone out of tune yet. The pickup sounds great, however...here is my big complaint...The Greasebucket tone circuit. It rolls off the highs, without removing the lows. This sounds good in theory, but the change in the sound is not a noticible as I would like. There is a definate difference, but just not as much room to play around. I plan to switch it out soon with the normal P circuit, (will cost only a few bucks) but don't get me wrong, you can still get awesome sounds out of it, and with a little amp tweaking, I got a noticible tone difference, and I could easily use both tones on the opposite ends of the control. I play alot of blues and funk, so I like the beef. If I want to go a little more modern, I crank the control forward, drop the bass a tad on my amp and up the treble slightly and I have a nice rock tone.Considered a downgrade by many, I LOVE the nitro cellulose finish, and prefer it to the gloss, which is more expensive to make. Comes with a gig bag instead of a hardshell case, perhaps another reason for a lower price. Overall, I cannot complain one bit. When I say a real players bass, I mean it. Just so nice and simple. Smooth body, satin comfortable neck, dual graphite truss rods, great bridge, low weight, ultra reliable, MIA, clean fretwork, 70's style headstock is a nice touch, etc...you can play this for DAYS.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender HWY 1 P Bass

By mike gehrke

from los angeles

I've had this bass for a few months now and its been really nice so far. I like the combination of vintage/modern p bass. I have the sunburst, it has a nice flat vintage look and classic sound plus you can see the woodgrain in the neck and body. This is a nice american made instrument but needs a good setup(the action on mine is still pretty high). I've only had to tune the bass a couple times in the months that I've had it. The modern neck is really smooth and comfortable to play. Also, the graphite support rods in the neck are a big plus to me. The pickup is decent but i could see upgrading it in the future. The badass bridge is a good fit for this bass in my opinion. The nitro finish is thin and flat but it does look cool. I have two small chips on top of the body that were probably caused by the plastic piece from my strap. To me its not a big deal but i guess its just personal preference when it comes to the finish. The greasebucket tone circuit works for me. It's basically volume and tone on or tone off, there isnt much in between. Personally, i really like the simplicity of the p bass. If you want more options in tone i would say get a jazz bass. You cant go wrong either way.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound. Basic features

By NowhereMan1040

from CT

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I own too many basses, including three Cirrus basses, and a Roscoe Beck IV. I won this P-bass in a raffle about three months ago, and it very quickly moved to center stage. This is my first straight P, and I can't get over how easily it plays and the vivid sonic charactistics of it. It has sufficient range to handle everything I play with a quick turn of the single tone knob.
the P-bass has minimal features by definition. It doesn't need more.
No issues. This bass is well made for a production instrument. I haven't touched a thing.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Highway One Precision Bass

By jastacey

from Houston,Tx

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I purchased this bass as a platform to upgrade it, the neck is very comfortable,and the bass is some what lite weight
What I plan to do to this bass is:
1. Upgrade the Tuners to Hipshot HB7's
2. Change out the pick-guard. to a brown tortoise ... looks better than the plain white ...IMHO
3. Upgrade the pick-up to Bill Lawrence's P-46 or Fender's Original 62's ... haven't decided yet
4. Aquire a hardshell/SKB type case ...gig bags just don't protect an instrument ... IMHO

Some people will say, why don't you just save and get the higher priced bass? well ...spending a $1000.00+ on a bass, is just not in the cards ... I got a good basic bass that I can upgrade at my leisure, and not break the budget!!
This is a good basic," Assenbled in USA" bass
The bass arrived with a very good "out of the box" playability, it was strung with a good set of roundwounds, that are pretty flexible, has the so called hot-rodded/modified bridge

The assembly/fitting was good

All in all a very good basic bass
The price point of this bass is excellent, for an American assembled bass

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Bass for the price!

By Christopher Clark

from Seacoast US

An amazing bass thtat stands the test of time throuh he years. I would recomend it to anyone who is looking to upgrade to a professional rig.
Excellant- simple, pure, and stands the test of time. all of the elctronics/ bridge are solid.
Nothing has broken, never had ANY problems.
Professional Bass for half the cost!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Amazing Bass

By HartkeFenderMan

from Belmar, NJ

This bass is absolutely amazing. I picked it up yesterday and i have loved it everysecond i have played it. The neck feels so smooth and worn it. The finish is absolutely beautiful. The badass bridge is a perfect touch and adds to the perfect sound that comes out of this perfect bass. Threw my hartke the sound is absolutely beautiful. Smoth warm low end and nice high end notes. This is everything i expected and more. This is a true American made Fender.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Quality and a Classic Sound

By Pbass67

from Oklahoma

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This is the closest thing I have found to my long, lost 1967 P-Bass. Though 'old school,' the bottom end is endless and is great for blues, soul, and classic rock. This is the sound that made Fender famous. The pickups have good punch and quality is outstanding. However the light finish is suseptible to chipping.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very very VERY nice bass

By DrewDangerWest1

from Denver, Colorado

Okay, so I have the transparent wine red finish and let me tell you its an incredibly beautiful flat finish and it also adds to the sound, and also on this bass you have a Badass2 bridge which was the thing that really got me, but it gives it amazingly solid tone and sustain. Pickups are great, and I mean great and electronics are really nice. This bass and the highway one series is made for performance and it does the job almost to good. This bass plays as good if not better than the American standard P bass but with the American Standard the only other thing your going to get is more colors and a choice between maple and rosewood fret board BUT the highway P bass is MUCH cheaper and a Badass2. If you buy this bass you will not be disappointed. Sounds great with pick, fingers and slap and any style. If your wanting a great American made Fender with a great price this is it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best in Price Range

By BigSkyBass

from Montana

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Everything about the bass is brilliant. I love the finish, it rages rather quickly (but that's the point) but it does so gracefully (does not chip) and is very unique. This is the best value of any American Fender bass. I encourage everyone to compare this side to side with an American Special and American Standard. There is hardly a difference and the High Way One is cheaper. Pretty easy choice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bada** Bass!

By nasoria93

from Urbana, IL

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Expecting this to arrive in a couple weeks due to back order, it came in only three businesss days! This bass has everything I need in a P-Bass, or a bass in general. It has simple control, just like any bass should. The pickup has a pretty big output and one of the best P-Bass growls I've heard. Plus, this is a beautiful instrument (I got 3-tone sunburst). The satin nitro finish is what does it for me. Not to mention, I love the 70's style Fender logo. I'm gonna put on a black pickguard to make it look even more 70's. The Badass II bridge is a huge upgrade from any other bridge. In my experience there's been some fret buzz on my P-Basses, but not this one. If you're thinking if getting this bass, just go for it! You won't regret it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't beat the classic!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I finally have found the bass I have been wanting. I wanted powerful and simple and this is exactly it. The bridge sustain is wonderful and the PU output sits perfect in the mix but can cut through when needed. I liked it better than the other American P bass not being a fan of the S-1 pu.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great sound

By who cares-5pOm8

from Ok

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I dont yet own this bass but plan to soon. Ive played 4 or 5 times in my local store. sounds great, plays great, and is simple. i love the two knob simplicity and the paint looks good. i must say however that each time i go in to play it seems to have picked up a new scratch. i dont think the paint is very thick but for the price i can just look over that part. looks like a goot simple bass ant a good price. The real seller is that is made here in the USA!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass!

By Derek-oc0pr

from Vestal, NY

I am an active musician, and I wanted to upgrade from a six string to get a deep warm classic tone. I liked the jazz bass, but it didn't have enough brightness. Our guitarist plays a Fender Strat Deluxe, and this bass backs it up perfectly. They sound great together. This bass is definitely worth your money!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As Good As It Gets

By Bassman62-SNkWd

from Greenville, SC

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No competion from anywhere; this bass is amazing. It's smooth when you want; ballsy when you need and always a pleasure to play. One warning, though; you may not be able to put it down.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply a Great Bass!!!!

By Montster70

from Austin, TX

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I bought this bass to upgrade from an OLP 5 string. I found I just never used the low B string. I look forward to playing the finish off this instrument!! Very smooth action. Gave a 9 for features because it doesn't have tons of tone knobs and active EQ etc. Didn't want all that anyway. If you want a bright punchy loud tone, get an active Musicman.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So worth the money

By Bass_ace_alm

from FL

So I recently purchased a highway one fender p bass, and I was completely blown away with everything about it, believe the hype behind this thing, my review is just for one purpose and one alone, I have a warning for all of you who wear your bass low like I do. The lacquer finish on the flat black model(I'm not sure about the others) is so thin, that from just wearing a belt, I've scratched off some of it leaving the wood exposed. Also, now I don't wear a belt buckle, but my pant button still does the same thing. Everything about this bass is amazing, just buy some kind of a thing you can put on the back to protect it, because it will easily be scratched up and the paint will easily come off.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Value In A New Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The neck is comfortable and fast. The tone is thick and rich with the split coil pup that is dead quiet. It's impossible to get a bad sound with this bass because of it's simplicity. Plug in and play!

 
5.0

Review

By old guy-9CT9X

from chicago

Just bought it, checked out other basses, but this one has it all. Solid, heavy, plays great.Perfect in every way, may want a stronger pick-up though, maybe the badass pick-up on this bass would be a good idea.

 
5.0

Great feeling and playing bass for the money

By Joel Bence

from Lansing, MI

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I played quite a few P-Basses before jumping on this one. When it comes to fit, finish, playability and a neck smack in between a Jazz and P, you want this bass. The thin nitro finish really lets the strings speak what your fingers intend, just like the 62' RI's that I have played. I replaced the pickguard on my sunburst with a Tort guard and put on th e thumbrest for the look, but this has as much mojo as any P I've played.

 
5.0

WOW!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i bought this bass wanting a good stock American precision bass. I put a red tortoise shell pickguard and fender orginal 62 pbass pickups and the sound just killed! It sounded way better than any American Fender and very comparable to the Custom shop. Fender rocks!

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