100% agree with the "apples and oranges".
The Baja neck doesn't make me a better player, but it feels nice and chunky.
The 3-saddle bridge isn't really "better" than the modern 6-saddle version (in my opinion). But I like the old-school looks.
The switching, however, is objectively better. That...
1. I don't use the oop tones either, but since the push-push button is unobtrusive, and I don't have any noise issues, I'll leave everything stock.
2. I might replace the jack plate later, but right now it's doing its job.
As for the neck pickup: it's very usable indeed!
Too late, I already gave up on them! ;)
There's really nothing wrong with the stock pickups, but since I already had the N4 pickups lying around (which I like the sound of), I went ahead and installed them. And yes, pickup height does make a difference...
The wiring issue is fixed. The brass saddles have been installed. The nut has been replaced, and the sitar-like sound is gone. Hooray for Graphtech TUSQ!
The N4 pickups sound great.
I decided not to replace the pots right now, they're good enough...
I'm a happy camper. :)
Thanks for the suggestion!
Currently, I seem to be having problems with my wiring, so that's the first issue I'm trying to fix.
I've replaced the 3-way switch on my Squier CV tele with a 4-way switch. At the same time, I'm replacing the pickups with Fender N4 noiseless ones. This combination worked perfectly on another tele (which has since been sold), but I can't seem to make it work on this Squier.
I share that sentiment. I thought I'd only need to do a minor setup, nothing more. But maybe I'm a bit demanding. It must be my old age. :cool:
If it weren't for the spare parts I already have lying around (Tusq nut, N4 pickups, some pots, 4-way switch), I would be a slight bit frustrated...
As for the pots, I know it's not strictly a quality issue. I just want them to behave in a more gradual way, as I'm used to on my other guitars (cheap & expensive)...
The 'e' slot in the nut looks just fine. Not too deep. I suspect that it's related to the angle of the slot. Maybe I'll try to...
I've had my Baja tele for a couple of weeks, and it felt a bit lonely, so I bought a Squier Classic Vibe 60s Custom. It arrived yesterday, and I felt a short review was in order.
I'll focus mostly on the differences between these two guitars. Specifically, the 'problems' I encountered...
The Baja will remain stock for at least a month. Except for some minor (reversible) mods, but I don't see the need right now.
As for selling: as soon as the Classic Player tele gets back from the band practice room, that's the one that will get sold! :)