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Are Parts From American Standard and Highway One Strats Interchangable?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by DTrain, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. DTrain

    DTrain Strat-O-Master

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    Like the bridge and the neck? Do they have the same spacing at the nut and neck pocket?
     
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    bridge? no. standard has a 2 point bridge while the hwy 1 has a 6 screw. bridge saddles should be interchangeable in an '08 or newer standard and any hwy 1. necks are interchangeable as is any other fender, squier, or fender licensed strat neck. i do believe they have the same spacing at the nut
     
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    i want to do the reverse headstock thing. thats why I ask
     
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    I thought the USA necks were a little wider? Or am i thinking of the bridge?
     
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    rcole_sooner Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You be thinkin' of the bridge.
     
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    jimmiraz Senior Stratmaster

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    Putting a reverse neck is not a problem at all.
    As long as you go with the same bridge as you have you should be ok, providing its a 6 screw anyway.
    A two point might be tricky with offset saddle adjustment screws.
     
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    american standard bridge spacing is 2 1/16"
     
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    I might swap the bridge too, to get the vintage vibe.
     
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    so, which one do you have?
     
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    Tele like it is Left is right! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If you go to a 6-screw from a 2-point, you'll have to do some dowling and drilling, but since you're cutting anyway, it won't matter if you go narrow or standard on the spacing. Just be sure to get a good bridge with a solid steel block if you do that, and to measure twice and cut once!
     
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    I have a complete '88 lefty american standard strat white with rosewood fretboard and a fender american deluxe ash body.

    I would like to change the neck on the '88 for a maple fretboard and righty headstock. Or I could put all the highway 1 parts on the ash body.
     
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    not the tremolo
     
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    Yeah, I know. Well, at least I think I know. I was thinkin' more like 2 3/16".

    Anyways, yeah, all americans are standard. I think that is what ya meant.

    But the OP had me confused mixing import into the dicussion of what seem to be two MIA strats.

    So, being as most Fender necks are the same (Affinity Squiers I think being the odd ball), I went with the big differences are the bridge spacings between import and MIA.

    ...Whew!... That was a long explanation. :p
     
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    vintage fenders have 2 7/32" string spacing, but modern fenders have 2 1/16" string spacing
     
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    is there a website that lists the specs and changes of mia strats from the 80's and newer?
     
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    i think strat-central.com has a little bit of info, but that site is mostly about vintage fenders, but if you ask around here you'll get an answer
     
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    Oh, I was thinkin' outside hole to outside hole, for the bridge mounting screws. The 2-point will only have outside holes.
     
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    However, because HWY 1 is routed for american spacing, it should be (it is- had one for 5 days before returning for a CV50s and getting in-store credit, for my own financial reasons- whole thing was a complex trade) routed for an american spacing bridge. Many threads here about the fairly skill oriented but commonly executed swap from 2 point to 6 srew or vice-versa
     
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    Besides the bridge differences, all other parts are interchangable without the use of a saw or prybar.
     

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