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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by DONNIEDEE, Jan 3, 2018.



    WHICH TO BUY? NEED IMPUT... can get my hands on a fender americian standard tele with hard case like new for 850...... or a really nice fender texas hwy 1 tele with hard case for 500 which would you guys buy and why? and no I cant buy BOTH read a lot of great things about the texas hwy 1
  2. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 11, 2016
    Las Vegas, NV
    Well, on the one hand, the HWY 1 has a three saddle bridge and would leave enough $$$, compared to the American Standard, to get a fairly cool little tube amp! Best advice is to play them both and see which one grabs you most firmly by the short curlies! :D
    Just Sayin'
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  3. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Missoula, Montana
    What vintage AS? I have one of the last of the 2012-2016 models (belly cut, stamped steel saddles, twisted / broad pickups) and it's a killer guitar, ready to go out of the box. Seriously, I can't think of a thing I'd change about it.
  4. Cazualwhiteguy

    Cazualwhiteguy Tele-Meister

    Feb 21, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    I much prefer the nitro finish on highway one models compared to fenders standard finishes.
  5. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky
    i'd scare up some more cash and grab an American professional. they are killer good.
  6. 41144

    41144 Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2017
    West Midlands
    Big Q for me would be ... do you like the Tex-Mex pickups or not and do you have a neck preference?
    Personally, presuming it's a 2008 to 2016 I'd much rather have the Am. Std pickups.

    Will stand corrected on this but ... I think the Tex-Mex in the Highway series are not the same as the ones you can buy now from Fender, I understood them to be made outside of the USA?
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  7. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    play both and don't judge based on the price, get the one that speaks to you, that's the only way ... more expensive doesn't necessarily mean better.
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  8. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 11, 2006
    Greater Boston
    Play them both and see how they feel and sound.
  9. HappyHwy1owner

    HappyHwy1owner Tele-Meister

    Feb 7, 2011
    Independence, Mo
    Hot "vintage" pickups in the HWY1 Texas model
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  10. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 2, 2006
    Texas HWY 1 for $500 is an absolute no-brainer. They usually sell for much more than that.
    The Texas is my favorite Tele model ever. IMO the best feeling neck Fender has ever made.

    Texas HWY has a unique combination of features, vintage looks with a 12" radius fretboard.
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  11. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 2, 2006
    HWY 1 Texas does not have TexMex. The pickups are available now as "Deluxe Drive".
    Hotter and smoother than TexMex, kind of P90 like sound.
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  12. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    First thing I would do, is educate myself enough verify that the guitar being advertised as a Highway One Texas Tele is, in fact, the Texas version of the Highway One range. Don't rely on the vendor - you needn't worry him with these details at all.

    Texas means ash body, 21 fret neck, vintage tuning machines. The more pedestrian alder bodied 22 fret necked Highway One probably outnumbers its Texas cousin by something like 15 to one - it could be 25 to one. For $ 500, you might wanna buy whichever version you find at $ 500, but IMO we should find out first before we try to compare an American Standard to the Unknown Guitar.
  13. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    So, the pickups once called "Hot Vintage" are now called "Deluxe Drive"? Thanks, I didn't know that.


    Full disclosure: I like the typical set of Tex Mexes better than these "Hot Vintages", once you affix a base plate to the bridge pickup it is IMO no contest.


    I have verified it as a fender hwy 1 Texas telecaster from all info from the fender site fret count ect. just seeig which guys would buy thanks
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2018
  15. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 2, 2006
    You're welcome, I learn a ton of stuff on these forums, plenty from you.
    I'm thinking Fender had some pickups left when they discontinued the HWY 1s.
    The "Deluxe Drive" Tele pickups are the Texas Telecaster pickups.

    The "Deluxe Drive" Strat pickups are the Hot Alnico 3s that were installed in the post 2006. HWY 1 "upgrade Strats.
  16. Pickcity

    Pickcity Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Oct 12, 2017
    Atlanta, Ga.
    My personal preference is the standard. I like the standards better than all the rest, in a Tele or a Strat.
  17. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 2, 2006
    Not sure about the rules, so I won't link to another forum.

    But if you Google "Texas Telecaster review BT" you can find a thread where the designer of the Texas Tele pickups talks about them.

    Edited: this thread quotes it.
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