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Step up from Baja Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jcourtjr, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. jcourtjr

    jcourtjr TDPRI Member

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    So what would the next logical choice be if I wanted to go up in quality from the baja?
     
  2. tlsmack

    tlsmack Tele-Holic

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    I would consider just moving the neck and hardware over to a really nice nitro body!! Maybe a Glendale or Callaham bridge.

    my Baja neck is on a lightweight swamp ash body, sounds great!
     
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  3. t guitar floyd

    t guitar floyd Tele-Holic

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    Classic 50s or 60s in lacquer finish?
     
  4. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

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    Assuming it's a 50s Baja and you want to stay in the vintage realm, an AV, AVRI or AO. Anything else won't be a significant upgrade or it won't have the 50s vibe.
     
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  5. bsman

    bsman Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2003
    Santa Clara
    A strat! :D

    Seriously, though - in terms of quality, probably an "elite" US tele? Is there something about the Baja you would like to change/better? Some specifics in terms of what you are looking for would be helpful.
     
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  6. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I LOVE the 50s Baja so this isn't to bash it in the least, but just a bit of disagreement. It's really a modern player adaptation of a 50's tele. I mean, its fat neck is reminiscent (and is the guitar's greatest feature IMHO), but the 9.5 radius isn't. The four way switching and S1 surely aren't anything like any 50s tele and the pickups don't have all that much of a 50s vibe IMHO. I mean, the Broadcaster pup does on it's own, but the twisted tele doesn't either on it's own or in combination.

    If you want to get MORE period correct, I'd stay at the same level with either a Road Worn or one of the 50s series teles or go up in quality toward one of your suggestions. But it you want something really similar to the Baja with it's more modern options, I don't know if there really is anything???

    -Ray
     
  7. Thin white duke

    Thin white duke Tele-Holic

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    Another Baja of a different colour because it doesn't get any better than a Baja. ;););)
     
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  8. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    There's not much that Baja can't do that other US made guitars can't, so your looking at differences in weight, feel, neck shape, fret size, pickup...which are all player preference.

    Take your Baja into a good guitar shop, spend an hour and A-B it with 4 or 5 guitars and then you can tell us what you like better.
     
  9. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Plus a bone nut and (for me at least) ditch for 4 way and S1 switch, improved jack, compensated saddles.

    The Baja neck is hard to beat for a production Fender. The Roadworn one feels even nicer.
     
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  10. jcourtjr

    jcourtjr TDPRI Member

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    trying to keep more options open for something that weighs 7.5 lbs and under. Seeing if a few more bucks opens the playing field. Prefer a 9.5 neck though
     
  11. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Sep 21, 2012
    Tennessee
    The Brad Paisley signature Tele is the way that I might go .
     
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  12. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Yeah, but the quality will be more or less the same.

    I long for the days when you could go into a series of Guitar Center locations and get to try out in person, just scores of Bajas. In some ways the only thing that's better in quality than a 50s Baja is another 50s Baja. Otherwise you're going to lose the neck carve or the weird pickup switching regime and even if an AV52 or AO or PV52 seems better in many ways, in some other ways it won't be the same.
     
  13. t guitar floyd

    t guitar floyd Tele-Holic

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    Then it would have to be the AO 50s. It too has a fat neck with 9.5 radius and tall frets.
     
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  14. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    My least modded of my 3 50s Bajas is one that I removed the S-1 circuit from , kept the 4-way and pickups, replaced the PG with a thin Bakelite one and replaced all the screws with vintage style slotted head screws. To me, it has the aesthetic vibe of the Classic Blackguards with a little something different "under the hood", so to speak. I think it you put a 52 set of pickups in it, it would be even closer. I love that Baja neck more than anything and will continue to buy and mod Bajas as they come up for sale used.
     
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  15. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Makes sense, and then if you really liked those features, I guess you could add the four way and S1 switches...
     
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  16. jcourtjr

    jcourtjr TDPRI Member

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    Well, I went ahead and got a baja from sweetwater. 7lbs 6 ozs seems like a light one to me.
     
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  17. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Upgrading most guitars would be a personal preferential task at best.
    Upgrading the 50's Baja, I don't know if that's possible.
    My 2006 is perfect as far as Teles go. Just a couple of steps ahead of my 52AVRI anyway.
     
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  18. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

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    I'm a little confused. You wanted a step up, but you just bought an equivalent. This isn't an opinion of the Baja, but an question on how you arrived at another Baja, when you appeared to say you wanted something better.
     
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