2018 Fender Baja Classic Player Telecaster

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  1. Strange Ol' Man

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    Here is that Fender Baja that came in on trade . I know this is a big seller for the Company and my honest opinion , it is a lifetime guitar . Can be had in excellent condition from $650 to $850 new . No , it’s not Lacquer , but I will say the Poly is super thin and neck is the same . This one is lighter weight for the model at 7.5 pounds . So , I decide to do a few shop mods that suit myself and local giggers . I satined the back of neck and went ahead and Tinted the neck . Bone nut and dressed the frets . I did tint and darken the neck fret board . It was way to light and dried out looking outa the box (Pau Ferro) . I added the strap felts and the Electro-socket. White-Black-White pickguard and White switch tip . Again , nice Tele for the money . After setup and a few add ons , I’ll just play it and it’ll be shop loaner .
     
  2. rze99

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    Looks lovely. Good choice. The Baja Classic Player is the best used value Fender there is. I have the 60s and 50s. I've no use for the out of phase sounds so I replace the control knobs.

    The 60s CP neck is lovely. A very nice shape, with the benefits of flatter radius and Good size frets. I've used a couple of those on builds I like them so much. They need a bit of hand finishing to smooth off the edges. Once done the necks are a beautifully smooth and easy to play.
     
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    That's lovely!
     
  4. beyer160

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    Looks great, what did you use to tint the fretboard?
     
  5. Strange Ol' Man

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    Boiled linseed oil little bit of brown trans tint . It looked 100 times better with just the linseed oil , but I wanted it darker .
     
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    Very nice indeed!
     
  7. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

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    That's a magnificent guitar! I noticed the neck right away and thought, "Wow, that looks really good. I didn't know that the Baja necks were ever tinted like that." Well, they weren't, and you did a fantastic job. Everything goes together really well. You also did a great job making the Pau Ferro darker with the boiled linseed oil and the brown trans tint. I'm jealous!
     
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    Yep, that looks great
     
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    Baja = Love :)
     
  10. Strange Ol' Man

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    Thanks all ....... First new Fender Telecaster I have bought in awhile . Well, traded into . I did know it "needed" a setup, fret dress , tweaking etc ......... but a lot of new guitars do . It played really decent out of the box . But, once setup and getting it more to my liking as far as setup and yes , look and feel , its is a fantastic guitar . My own offerings from strings , paint , wood , hardware , pickups start to finish in 2018 I'm in at about $700 or so in parts ...... I have a few builders discounts and such too . I do try and make a few bucks off my builds ,but if you want a nice off the shelf guitar , find one of the Baja runs in a lighter weight and throw in / pay for a good setup and enjoy . Only knock I can say is playing these around locally , most were over 8-9 pounds . So search for the right one . I like lacquer and thin finishes ........honestly the extra tonal option on the Baja is cool , but I may do my own 3-way pot and cap harness , but maybe not . Most likely just leave it as is .
     
  11. davo8411

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    The important thing is you bought it in the correct color!
     
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    Very nice. Love the case too.
     
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    How come your baja looks better than all the other baja's? It's just another baja!
    Dude you got the touch.
     
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    Such a cool Tele. Nothing better than a really cool Tele, and yours is.


    (FWIW I pulled out the S-1 and went 3-way on my Baja 60 and she just got even better)
     
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    I have a harness ready . I do mine with .033 cap and wire like a Les Paul junior style . I may very well go that way as I'm betting with you , it really works for me . I bet the pups in the Baja would like it a lot too . Not that it sounds bad . Sounds really nice .
     
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    Very pretty....may she bring you much inspiration!!
     
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    The Baja is a definite winner, no matter how much you "improve" it.
     
  18. Beaubien66

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    Lovely guitar. Very nice warm neck color now especially with reddish Pau Ferro. I own about the exact same guitar (except mine is dark rosewood fingerboard with pale neck color).
    Question : does people refer to your Tele color as «white» ? :twisted: :)
    Like : «oh, nice white guitar !» and me : «No.. It's Sonic Blue, not white !» :lol::)

    Cheers,
     
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    Nice, congrats.
     
  20. Strange Ol' Man

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    I know .... thank you
     
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