Fender Highway Series Parlor and Dreadnought review – Fender reinvents the acoustic once again… and the results took us by surprise

Following the success of Fender’s Acoustasonic series come two somewhat more traditional-looking electros. Packed with Fender/Fishman innovation, could they be even cooler?

Fender Highway Series Dreadnought
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

They look great, play really well, are sensibly thought through and, most important of all, sound amazing. While they will work fine through your guitar amp for a few songs in the set, if you own an acoustic combo or have access to a PA and monitors, that’s where the Highway Series’ true magic is revealed.


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    Crystal clear and authentic parlour or 00-style tones.

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    Big, bold and brilliantly authentic dreadnought-style tones.

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    Clever and exceptionally usable electro.

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    Fantastic, well thought-out.

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    Super looks.

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    Great playability.


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    We’d like to see some colour options.

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    We wonder whether these are on the high side, price-wise.

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When Fender’s American Acoustasonic Telecaster debuted at Winter NAMM in January 2019, it raised eyebrows with its eye-catching style and unique construction. Yet its immediate success surprised even Fender. 

The first year’s production sold out from orders at that very first show and more models soon followed. It seems plenty of players wanted live acoustic (and electric) tones, but couldn’t live with the faff that goes with using a full-size flat-top on stage. They probably fancied something a bit sexier-looking, too.

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.