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Partscaster vs Highway one

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  1. Olliegeorge

    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey all!

    I’m new to strat talk and hoping you can shine some light on a dilemma for me.

    I’ve owned and played lots of strats but never quite found what I was looking for. I’m now at the stage where I acquired a cheap strat body that I am in the process of sanding down with the intention of finishing in nitro and sourcing a neck and pickups etc.

    BUT the other day a honey blonde Highway one strat from 2003 was brought to my attention. It’s in lovely condition but needs a little love in regards to setup etc.

    My ultimate goal is to have a nitro / satin laquer guitar that I can make my own. But by the time I find a neck I like and tackle a respray the costs will be much the same if not more.

    The more I think about it I’m leaning towards the highway one?

    Sorry for the long story!

    Would love to get some advice.

    Thanks,
    Ollie
     
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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Basking 'neath the almighty yellow yolk Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Highway ones are very loved here and come with good recommendations Ollie.
     
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  3. CephasG

    CephasG Strat-O-Master

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    Welcome to the forum, Ollie. HW1 are great guitars. You can't go wrong with it.
     
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    Ferpie Strat-Talker

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    Don’t bother the partcaster journey if you almost got the perfect one right in front of you, that is a LONG ENDLESS road that leads to wanting an original too anyway...
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The Highway One would keep you going while you get those parts...

    You don't really think you'll just forget about building your ultimate guitar do you? :D
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    Welcome to Strat-Talk :p
     
  6. Olliegeorge

    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    That’s reassuring! I hadn’t really hear much about them at all until last week. Really like the specs on them. For some reason they are tricky to find in honey blonde and fairly pricey too. That’s why I was a bit reluctant and I know they were originally fairly inexpensive guitars
     
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    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for the advice. The guys letting me take it away for a full set up before purchase so that way I can make sure.
     
  8. Olliegeorge

    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    I’ve been obsessing about it for ages. I’m nervous about spending all the money and it not working out. I can imagine it’s an endless road. Thanks for the advice!
     
  9. Olliegeorge

    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    That’s a good point. I’ve already got a strat that I love. And this partscaster idea I was really excited about but as time has gone on I’ve become a little wary about it..
     
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    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I

    Is this true???
    Shall I stop whining about mine???

    Self answering question...
     
  11. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    I built a partscaster using a Highway One body.

    Carry on.
     
  12. Olliegeorge

    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    Yeah I love the finish on it. And like you did, parts can always be swapped out etc
     
  13. Olliegeorge

    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    What’s wrong with yours? What year is it?
     
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    All I can add is I'm very, very happy with my 2003 Highway One.
     
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    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    That’s good to hear! My only concern is the neck. I’m used to vintage feeling 7.25. I know that’s not so popular but it’s what I’m used to :)
     
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    Build it regardless. Building is fun! It’s also pretty darn easy. Also imo both and nitro and poly are poor wood finish choices...
     
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    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Schecter F500T tapped single coil clones from no-guitar.com. Awesome pickups that can run low or high output each with a three-way mini switch.
     
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  20. Olliegeorge

    Olliegeorge Strat-Talk Member

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    That’s interesting. What finish would you recommend?
     
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