Baja tele bridge pickup

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  1. hp35

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    Does anyone know what year Fender changed the Baja tele bridge pickup from a Broadcaster to a Custom shop Vintage Telecaster pickup? Does anyone know why they did this? Is the neck pickup still a custom shop twisted tele?
     
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    Yeah, the initial run of Baja tele's had a broadcaster in the bridge. I've got that version. Not sure when they changed or whether there's a line of Baja's that include or don't include.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...baja-telecaster-blonde-with-maple-fingerboard
     
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    I think the term "Broadcaster" is part of the marketing copy created by Fender.
    It would be perhaps of value to compare your original Baja Broadcaster pickup with the 2012 American Standard Broadcaster bridge pickup which was described as a Broadcaster on the service diagram.

    This is the Baja pickup with the bottom plate ground to the left when viewed in normal orientation and plastic wiring. The part number corresponds to the 2006 service diagram.
    Fender_Baja_Tele_bridge.jpg

    The 2012 American Standard Broadcaster has the ground to the right and vintage style cloth wiring. The Fender part number is 0068050000

    Custom Shop vintage pickups are not generally made with plastic wire.
     
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    I'm not really sure that the pickup itself did in fact change.

    Sometimes FMIC uses terms then ceases to use them. At one time FMIC called the fretwire in the Upgrade Highway One "Super" and before and after that they called it Jumbo - but the wire itself only varied batch to batch as their suppliers may have not been 100% consistent.
     
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    The description of the Baja bridge pickup in Frontline catalogs changed in the 2015 issue. Prior to that it was "Broadcaster" but the term was dropped in that issue.
    Fender seem to use the name to describe certain Tele pickups with a 50s vintage vibe with flat pole pieces. The Baja and 2012 American Standard "Broadcaster" versions are different beasts.
     
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