There are certain guitars that you just know are keepers. Picked up this 2005 Fender USA Highway One Strat around 2012/2013 with the HotRod Deville amp also shown in the photo.
You could almost say, this is the guitar that kick-started our debut album, seeing how shortly after purchasing this combo, I had already recorded the first few riffs of "Hotroddin". Nothing else in my collection had this particular sound. This guitar has very low action (string height) allowing for some very fast playing. The tone of this guitar resembles the "twang" sound of a Telecaster on the bridge pickup. Huge difference in tone compared to the other Strats that I've had (or have).
This thing is bone-stock, as with most of my guitars. I feel that guitars of this quality should not be modified. If the tone isn't suited to a particular playing style, find a different guitar!
This is the first generation "Highway One" strat (2001-2005?). As far as I know, the bridge is Vintage style Fender stamped saddles with classic 6 screw mounting. This guitar does not have the shiny finish, usually associated with the standard Stratocaster, but rather, a thin and wearable matte finish is was applied to these models which I really like. These older Highway One models have much better pickups, and the classic 50s headstock design, although I'm not really one to memorize guitar specs. If it sounds good, play it! Aside from a string change, this thing was basically ready to rock the day I got it. You should expect to hear this guitar on some more upcoming songs.
That's all I have to say about this one.