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Last Christmas I was in Guitar Center helping a friend pick out an acoustic guitar for his son and I picked up a Fender Thinline while he was checking out.  I was immediately impressed with the playablility of this great looking guitar.  The action was amazing as well as it’s sound.  When I looked at the price tag, I immediatly scolded myself for even picking it up because at $1100 it was way out of my league.   I left the store but decided to keep an eye on it in case it went on sale.  Well, it didn’t go on sale at Guitar Center, but the price came down at all of the outlets to $800.  I thought Cool!  This thing is really a possibility now!  Just need to save up a few bucks and this baby is all mine.

Fast forward to last weekend, and I’m in Best Buy picking of a couple of foot pedals, and I see the Thinline hanging on the wall listed at $599.  I asked the sales associate if it’s the same one as at Guitar Center for $800, he said “yep, we need to move it out to make room for some new product” .  Well, with that information, I then proceeded to set and play this guitar in the Best Buy music room for the next 30 minutes using the Fender Frontman 212 amp which is the same model I use at home.  I have to tell you, I was sooooo close to walking out with this thing.  It’s a great looking guitar with a semi hollow alder body that played amazing.  Just like the one I checked out at Guitar Center.  Here’s why I didn’t buy it – I picked up the Fender Highway One that was sitting next to it.  It was priced at $699.  I played this thing and found that while I liked the Fender Thinline, I LOVED the Highway one.  The neck seemed faster, the look was classic 50’s, and the single coil pickups seemed hotter.

So, now I have a new obsession, saving for the Highway One while watching for sales.

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