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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by LPDR Band, Sep 28, 2017.
Baja or a used American Standard (with a hardshell case for that price).
For just a little bit more you can get an American Special. I really like mine.
For me, if you like the chunky neck...the classic 50's baja is the way to go. If not, a used American Standard would be my second choice. They are both excellent telecasters and they both hold good re-sale if you decide that you don't like it.
So, if you are going the route of buying from a vendor with a good return policy, order the baja. Not only is it cheaper, but it is easier to find a used American Std on the used market than the baja.
You really can't go wrong with either one.
Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar Black Maple Fingerboard...
$799 at Musiciansfriend.com
It's a 50's style Tele with a lot of versatility and will last you a long while.
Baja. Just bought one two weeks ago. Couldn't be more impressed. And I'm so picky it's absurd. I'll put it up there against all of the high dollar guitars I've owned, no question.
I would think there is a pretty good chance you can negotiate an American Special for $850.
And that is the guitar I would pick.
The 60s Baja is terrific... I've got one in sunburst
I really liked the electronics but since I was getting a bender installed in it, I had a regular three way put in (still have the stock one in case I feel like putting it back in) to get more of a traditional Tele sound
It's a real nice guitar and I'm glad I bought it
American Specials are nice and well made but take heed... you better like gigantic frets
I don't which is why I returned mine and got the Baja instead
How did the Baja compare in sound to the American Standard? and what's the fretboard radius for the American standard?
On paper, the Nashville tele was perfect for me. They have every single spec I wanted.
Playing a couple of them really surprised me; I didn't like the neck shape at all, and I'm a fan of flatter radius fingerboards. Whatever it was just didn't feel right.
I ended up with a used American deluxe from 1998, which has a similar pickup configuration and plays like a dream.
I'd recommend a used guitar for that price... You can get a great one.
I'm not a pro, and I'm only a recent first-time Tele owner. But I have some fresh impressions, having just (last week) been in the same market as you. I ended up with a MIM Blackout Deluxe Telecaster. I like the neck more than the Standard. I did not like the road worn, although I expected to. It just looked and felt like an uncared-for pawnshop 'loser.' I did very much like the American Professional, as its neck felt clearly a step above the MIMs, even as I liked the MIMs. But, after i had already bought my Blackout (used, for $300), I found a used American (Standard or Special?) at a GC, and I kinda fell for it. I think it was around $800.... I'm 'satisfied' with what I have, but I'm still going to want an American now that I had a brief taste of one. My advice, find a used US.
That would be 9.5 for an Am Std.
Well I played the Special not the Standard, just want to clarify
The Special uses "Texas Special" pickups which are a little on the hot side... I wasn't crazy about them, I thought the Baja had a nicer sound (despite my decision to switch to trad switching on mine)
I'm not sure on the radius off the top of my head... the Baja neck seems slightly fatter... the main difference is the frets ... Specials have giant sitar frets to me
Might not be helping here, but you really should consider a MIJ '72 Telecaster Custom.
do you have one? pics !!
I've got the '73. But the MIJ '72 reissue is just as nice and in his price range. Saw one black MIJ for $650 (Canadian) a few months back and almost went for it. Sorry, no pic at the moment.
For the money it's hard to beat the Baja. I play classic rock and blues and my 50s model works really well for that. If you like slightly bigger necks and the stripped down look then a used Cabronita might work.