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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by lucasrhcp95, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. lucasrhcp95

    lucasrhcp95 TDPRI Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Merthyr Tydfil
    Can anyone offer any in depth comparisons between MIA and MIM tele's im thinking about picking up a Baja but am wondering if its really worth the extra money to get a MIA tele, are there any major issues or such with MIM teles??:D

  2. Stuco

    Stuco Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 27, 2006
    No issues with MIM teles, they are just made a little farther south than the usa ones. The baja is a high quality model that is worthy of a professional guitarist. The MIA guitars tend to have a slightly higher quality of fretwork and parts but that gap is closing and on high end models like the baja, there is really no gap in quality.

  3. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 6, 2005

  4. Suicideking

    Suicideking Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2010
    Palm Bay FL
    Here we go again....

    I swear I will not post in this one I am done really I am...;)

  5. twangjeff

    twangjeff Tele-Holic

    Feb 2, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I have owned both. My current main tele is MIM. The fact of the matter is that the Telecaster is a production line instrument, just like a car. Toyota has factories in Japan and they have a factory in San Antonio. I bet if you get behind the wheel of a new Toyota you won't be able to tell the difference.

    The only real difference out of the box is hardware and pickups. Most people change that right off the bat anyways, so why pay more for and MIA when you are only going to change it anyways?

    Admittedly, my Tele is kind of a franken-tele, here are the changes that have been made from its stock incarnation in order.

    1. Replaced pickups with Seymour Duncan APII Pickups
    2. Replaced vintage tuners with Sperzel locking tuners
    3. Refret with taller fret wire
    4. Replaced the Duncan Pickups with Lindy Fralin Stock Tele Pickups
    5. Replaced bridge saddles with Graphtech 3 Barrel saddles
    6. Installed GHOST hexaphonic pickup system used for triggering guitar synth
    7. Removed Tone control and replaced it with a volume control for the synth
    8. Installed momentary switch to bank up and down on synth settings
    9. Installed switch to select between the Fralins, GHOST pickup, or both.

    So yeah by the time you've done all that, it doesn't really matter where it was initially assembled! ;)

  6. tele-bastard

    tele-bastard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2011
    Lowell, Mass
    For the money a stock mim. You will be happy. Be careful with the Baja, a lot of people have been disapointed with the Baja. You should be very happy with a new mim. Save the rest of the money for something else.

  7. ThinlineSwamp

    ThinlineSwamp Tele-Meister

    Apr 23, 2011
    There is not much difference in tone between the two IMO.
    Here is a good comparison/test video between a MiM strat and a MiA strat. IMMEDIATELY after clicking the link, go to full-screen mode.
    Your guess of the which is the MiM might surprise you after you read the comments.

  8. Amishius

    Amishius Tele-Meister

    Jan 18, 2011
    Newnan, GA, USA
    I was in a literary society at the University of Georgia and every year we had one night where we just debated all the big things together so we'd get them out of the way: death penalty was for sure one of them. We should just have a post every month about MIA v MIM.

  9. Gham

    Gham Tele-Meister

    Dec 23, 2009
    Auburn Hills Michigan
    I would argue with that but it makes total sense,so skip it

  10. mg426

    mg426 Tele-Holic

    Apr 19, 2011
    I have a Friend that has MIA Rosewood tele. The thing plays sweet. I have an Affinty Maple that plays just as good. His cost $1100 bucks, Mine $169. I also have a maple board MIM that is as good as either one mentioned. Many people may (and rightly so its up to personal choice)disagree but the gap is most definatly narrowing.

  11. 92Standard

    92Standard Tele-Meister

    I'm a member of MLP (My Les Paul) forum and this subject reminds of the crazy heated debates between Epiphone and Gibson. Gets people defending their product in a viscious way!!! lol

    FWIW....From what I've gathered here thus far, Baja Teles are held in pretty high regard and most owners seem to love them.

  12. psyched

    psyched Tele-Holic

    Sep 14, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Ultimately, depends on the amp. Spend the money there. The rest of it you can alter, regardless of point of origin... that's the whole point of Fenders.

  13. DOGMA Dunn

    DOGMA Dunn Friend of Leo's

    Mar 2, 2011
    Both are good guitars IMO. Each guitar may have different characteristics in feel and sound. Just a very little. Also, there is nothing a great amp can't cure.

  14. Boblets

    Boblets Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2008
    Brisbane Australia
    If the MIMs came in a case with all the candy I would feel emotionally fulfilled in buying one.

  15. TeleKato

    TeleKato Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2011
    Naples, FL
    I'm gonna stay out of the MIM v MIA argument. I have a stable featuring several of both and love them all.

    Now ... on the Baja ... I don't know that I'd agree with the statement that people have been disappointed with them. When I was TDPRI comparative shopping Baja vs RW50 (both MIM for debate-kill), there was a lot of love expressed for the Baja and there is such across posts on this site.

    It is a different guitar though. Some folks have complained about getting heavy ones -- mine (bought used online from GC) was on the light end; 7lb3oz. Mine's set-up on arrival was totally hosed and I tried to do it myself but ended up having my local pro do it for me - now it's fine. The S1 switch ... I'm not sure I'm getting a lot out of that one (I hate the 'button-depressed' setting -- serial, parallel, I don't know) but it's not a harmful thing; just more options for sound.

    I always find one way to tell if a guitar is well thought of is to look for a used one -- when I was looking, they were scarce as hens teeth. GC had two in a nationwide search of used inventory ... TWO. That's not a lot. Most of what you see on LeBay are new ones. Never found one in a local shop. So that tells me folks aren't buying them in droves and unloading them in droves. Good sign in my book.

    But I like the guitar A LOT and it's set up as a Keefcaster (5-string, open-G), heavy strings, and it can wail. So if you're just asking about the Baja -- I'm gonna give you a thumbs-up on it. If you can actually find one to play -- to make sure you get the weight you like -- then even better.

  16. bray83

    bray83 Tele-Meister

    May 16, 2011
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    I was a MIA man through and through, then my wife bought me a roadworn, which is MIM. It has since become my número uno guitar!

  17. lckyjcky

    lckyjcky Tele-Holic

    Nov 28, 2009
    Southern California
    I was a MIM guy through and through, then I bought myself a Highway One, which is MIA. It has since become my #1 guitar!

  18. lckyjcky

    lckyjcky Tele-Holic

    Nov 28, 2009
    Southern California
    I think MIA guitars receive more attention and they use better parts (better woods, electronics, etc...) vs MIM guitars don't get the same amount of time from the Crafters and they use lesser quality parts. Just my 2 cents.

  19. Progrmr

    Progrmr Tele-Meister

    Jan 1, 2011
    Columbus OH USA
    This is very enlightening about this subject.

  20. bray83

    bray83 Tele-Meister

    May 16, 2011
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    I'm with you! I would not go buy a MIM since I have my Americans, but that's me!

    And I did say I love my roadworn, but come to think about it, the only thing original on the guitar is the body, neck, and bridge plate. Soooooo, take that for what it's worth. I have seriously upgraded the guitar. It's really the neck, though. I like the roadworn neck better than the necks on my Americans.

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