This really is the shame about the QC going on with the Baja, but I totally agree with you. It's been my experience as well. I know others here found GREAT ones, but I've played several that ranged from dogs to just very good. Several had obvious flaws and the weights are very inconsistent. For my $, I'd go with a CIJ 72 Thinline or Custom RI... or a US Highway 1. For more dough, the AV 52 RI and Hot Rod are both great Teles too... though I'd probably go with a Nocaster, 52 or 55 Thin Skin if I was going to spend that close to "custom shop" money.