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Fender Highway One Jazz Bass

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The Fender Highway One Jazz Bass has all the classic American-made J Bass features: alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 2 single-coil Jazz pi...Click To Read More About This Product

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The J Bass goes back to its American roots.

The Fender Highway One Jazz Bass has all the classic American-made J Bass features: alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 2 single-coil Jazz pickups, chrome hardware, and a 3-ply pickguard. Special upgrades include a Badass II bridge, Greasebucket master tone, graphite-reinforced neck, and a '70s headstock logo. Satin lacquer finish enhances tone and ages beautifully.

FEATURES
  • American-made J Bass
  • Alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 2 single-coil Jazz pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • BadAss II bridge
  • Greasebucket master tone
  • '70s headstock logo
  • Satin lacquer finish
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4.7

(based on 38 reviews)

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Fender Hiway One

What a great value. I was a little worried about the looks of the flat finish, but that went away the first night on a gig. Mine is the sunburst and I would...Read complete review

What a great value. I was a little worried about the looks of the flat finish, but that went away the first night on a gig. Mine is the sunburst and I would normally have to pitch the white pickguard, but this one is slightly parchment, so it looks great--like it is slightly aged. To put it in a nutshell, I've owned a USA Jazz for just shy of 20 years. I could never bond with that bass--changed pickups (both passive and active), bridge, strings--I was never completely satisfied. Out of the box, the Hiway One is a done deal. It feels great, looks great, and sounds amazing. My old Jazz is now for sale!!

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Awesome Tone.

I own a 5 string Warwick Thumb Active Bass- A Fender Jazz + V Active Bass- a Yamaha Nathan east Active 5 string- a Yamaha BB300 from the 70's- An 80's...Read complete review

I own a 5 string Warwick Thumb Active Bass- A Fender Jazz + V Active Bass- a Yamaha Nathan east Active 5 string- a Yamaha BB300 from the 70's- An 80's era Fender Precision Bass-A G&L Interceptor Active Bass form the 80's- A Music man stingray Active Bass from the late 70's- and my Honey Blonde Highway one Jazz bass which I have owned for going on 3 years now.
I am a very busy recording and gigging musician this is the bass that I get payed to play meaning I get specific requests all the time for a Jazz Bass (or P-bass tone), I bought a hardshell tweed case for it, I put telecaster style knobs on it, I changed the pick guard to a tortishell, Added a fat finger and changed out the pickups to Fender noiseless, not because I didnt like the stock pick ups. They provided great tone, but, in the live ensembles that I was playing in the 60 Cycle was just unbearable (just like an old 60's bass). This bass really shines in the studio it is warm fat and woody sounding. Rock-Blues-Jazz it does it all I play this bass probably 65 % of the time that I have a bass strapped to my body and split the other 35% up between all the other instruments that I own. That should tell you something. Congrats to Fender for a brilliant product.
Badass II Bridge-Rosewood Fretboard-
Very well built after 40+ years Fender knows how to build a Jazz Bass. Leo would be proud
Best Price to Tone Value on the Market. USA made. There are lots of better Basses out there some even by Fender themselves. However if your looking for bang for the buck there is probably none better.

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Awesome Tone.

By Richard Wayburn

from in a van down by the river

I own a 5 string Warwick Thumb Active Bass- A Fender Jazz + V Active Bass- a Yamaha Nathan east Active 5 string- a Yamaha BB300 from the 70's- An 80's era Fender Precision Bass-A G&L Interceptor Active Bass form the 80's- A Music man stingray Active Bass from the late 70's- and my Honey Blonde Highway one Jazz bass which I have owned for going on 3 years now.
I am a very busy recording and gigging musician this is the bass that I get payed to play meaning I get specific requests all the time for a Jazz Bass (or P-bass tone), I bought a hardshell tweed case for it, I put telecaster style knobs on it, I changed the pick guard to a tortishell, Added a fat finger and changed out the pickups to Fender noiseless, not because I didnt like the stock pick ups. They provided great tone, but, in the live ensembles that I was playing in the 60 Cycle was just unbearable (just like an old 60's bass). This bass really shines in the studio it is warm fat and woody sounding. Rock-Blues-Jazz it does it all I play this bass probably 65 % of the time that I have a bass strapped to my body and split the other 35% up between all the other instruments that I own. That should tell you something. Congrats to Fender for a brilliant product.
Badass II Bridge-Rosewood Fretboard-
Very well built after 40+ years Fender knows how to build a Jazz Bass. Leo would be proud
Best Price to Tone Value on the Market. USA made. There are lots of better Basses out there some even by Fender themselves. However if your looking for bang for the buck there is probably none better.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great instrument

By Rodney

from Toledo, Ohio

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I'm 71 years old and was one of the first rock & roll musicians, so I've been playing bass a long time, and this is one of the best instruments I've played. My first bass was a gibson '59 EBO that I still have and play. I got the Highway Jazz bass guitar Tuesday the 15th of November and I played bluegrass that afternoon, and country that evening. Wednesday I played with my senior center orchestra, and Saturday I played with my old rock & roll friends (what's left of them). You're only as old as you think you are. This guitar will do it all.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Hiway One

By Rocket

from Eastern KS

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What a great value. I was a little worried about the looks of the flat finish, but that went away the first night on a gig. Mine is the sunburst and I would normally have to pitch the white pickguard, but this one is slightly parchment, so it looks great--like it is slightly aged. To put it in a nutshell, I've owned a USA Jazz for just shy of 20 years. I could never bond with that bass--changed pickups (both passive and active), bridge, strings--I was never completely satisfied. Out of the box, the Hiway One is a done deal. It feels great, looks great, and sounds amazing. My old Jazz is now for sale!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet bass!

By BinMS

from MS

This is a quality instrument. It has a "working man's" vibe to it; no fancy appointments here - just a solid, very well-built, great sounding jazz bass. The fit and finish are excellent too. It features that classic Jazz bass sound heard on countless hits. A great palette of tones can be coaxed out of it at a turn of the knobs. The only diappointment is no hardshell case. For a bass at this price point - for the working musician - something more substantial than a gig bag is desirable, even if it costs a little more.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Bass For The Money

By Ernie-WF7av

from Macon, GA

I purchased the Fender Highway One Jazz Bass 2 years ago and have received many nice comments on the sound that this baby puts out. When I received this bass, the neck needed a slight adjustment that was easily taken care of. The Bad Ass II bridge makes a big difference as it adds punch and clarity to the sound even with the factory strings that come with the bass. Other than strings, I have not made any changes to this beauty. You simply cannot get an American made bass guitar for a better price anywhere. I highly recommend this model to both beginners and experienced players alike.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy Playing Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this bass in January 2010 and absolutely love it. The sound is very smooth, but I think the way the bass plays is the best thing about this bass. The neck feels comfortable and it doesn't have the glossy finish that slows you down. If you're trying to decide between a MIM and the Highway One go with the Highway One. Its already got the Badass bridge and the stock pickups sound good. This is a very good bass. I hope to get a Highway One P Bass in the future.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cuttin' Corners but Sounds Great

By PLVLTR

from Austin, TX

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I've been playing this bass on the road for the past 3 years. It sounds great and the pick ups are awesome. I took the pick gaurd off and Fender did not put the finish completely on under it. Make me wonder what else they are cutting corners on. All around its a great bass. Especially for the price

 
4.0

Old skool Fenders back

By WHbassplayer

from Manassas, Va

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I have never really been that much of a fender guy.It's not that there bad it's they always seem over priced, a little thin sounding,& everybody has one.The new highway ones have the nitrocellulose finish found on the older fenders, this gives them a much bigger,open,& better sound.Plus they added a Bad a$$ which is a heavier bridge that adds more sustian & punch. For the sound think JPJ on first 3 Zepplin albums. Very thick(not as thick as a P) with that old Fender jb growl. With tonal adjustments you can get a Matt Friedman Rancid tone. Still thick but more bright punch.

 
4.0

hiway one jazz bass

By greywolf

from northern new jersey

This is a really great sounding bass, I was quite surprised by the great tones it puts out. I got the honey blond and after a quick set up and pick guard change (shell from white) it looks and plays great. This is the one to have.

 
5.0

Highway 1 Jazz bass

By Bassman1075

from Charlevoix, Mi

I bought this bass at a local music store in my town. It was the best buy I could have ever made. The sound can warm and jazzy or bright and punchy. It is a very light bass as well. The neck is the perfect size. This is a perfect bass

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

dank

By eddyjoe

from boston

great tone, finish feels great up close, really gets personal after a while. i feel very attached to mine. i can really get a great deep and warm tone out of it.i play flat wounds on mine and it reacts to them really nicely

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nearly there

By JoElvis-vhNLE

from Plano, TX

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I own the American Series Jazz Bass, a friend just bought the Highway 1 version. When I compare them, I would recommend spending the extra $ and getting the American Series bass. Having no string through the body is a major drawback in tone. The neck is not finished off as nice either. If the difference were more than $, then this would be a good intermediate level bass. You would be better seved to buy the mexican jazz bass until you can afford the American Series bass.

 
5.0

great bass

By dennithecrock

from mountain home, arkansas

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bought this bass 3 years ago.it is a great fender bass, made in usa. i just added a fender bridge chrome cover and wow!!! it reminds me of the old 1960 fender basses. buy one you can,t go wrong.

 
5.0

Rockin Bass

By Strats are still sexy.

from Philly

I own this bass and Warwick Thumb and an American Delux jazz bass. This is a great bass except for the tone but that can be fixed with a set of 60's jazz bass pick-ups. I take the bass everywhere I go. Great bass for the price. But I do suggest the American Delux over the highway 1.

 
5.0

Very Nice

By IWDT bassist

from ChicagoIL

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This is a very nice bass. I own a fender standard P-bass and this tops it no doubt. Currently I am looking for a jazz bass and am deciding between this and a deluxe actice jazz bass. I like the more modern look and tone of this bass. With a few personal adjustments, this baby could be "the one" for me.

 
5.0

Don't miss the boat...

By fjazz2009

from SF Bay Area

I recently picked up one after owning 3 other jazz bass models. This is definitely the best of the bunch and a keeper. The 3 that I previously owned were a Standard (MIM), Getty Lee (MIJ), and 70s (MIM). None of these can compare when it comes to the feel and sound of the Highway One. The only negative thing I have to say is that 3 of the 5 bridge mounting screws were over torqued. Basically I had to shim the holes with toothpicks so the screws could be tightened. Easy fix, but if the guys at the factory were paying attention to detail this shouldn't happen.ScoreMIJ = A-MIA = B+MIM = C-

 
5.0

Great, User-Friendly Bass

By JimBass

from Essex County, NJ

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I have a small collection of P and J basses. I recently decided to stay primarily with Js, and wanted something new. I took an American-series P and traded it for a Highway One. I was concerned about this because of what might be differences in quality and value between the two basses, but those concerns evaporated quickly. The Highway One is a welcome addition to my (and any other) collection. It is light weight without feeling unsubstantial, easy to play and uncomplicated. It sounds fantastic, has a very comfortable neck and is well-built. I am not a big believer in an "all-around bass" that supposedly "does it all", but this may be as close as it gets. Especially for the price, I don't see how you can't make a mistake with this bass.

 
5.0

Fender never disappoints! ! !

By ransom-PBKHY

from Tulsa, Ok.

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Right out of the box I was totally in love with this bass. Mine is white like in the one pictured above. It is gorgeous. After setting it up the way I like it (very low action) I have used it for everything that I do. I'm sure that I'll eventually pull the P-Bass out of its case again but it may a long wait. I own all Fender basses (1 P-Bass and 3 Jazz Basses) and I've never been disappointed. The finish, the vintage p-ups, the badass bridge, the grease-bucket tone circuit and the reinforced neck all come together to make a true workhorse of a bass.

 
5.0

A Great Bass

By DocM

from Radford, VA

I purchased this bass several days ago, it was slightly used but sounded spectacular. The pickups are brillant and the entire bass plays extremely well, the neck was very comfortable and allowed for excellent playability. I must get a set of Rotosounds for it soon, then it will sound perfect!

 
5.0

Highway One J-Bass

By HP

from Tre-4

This bass is awesome. Good, clear sound with plenty of room to play with. A great, versatile instrument that will sound appropriate for any type of music. My only regret is ever selling my Sunburst Highway One!

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