Are Black Baja Teles Heavier?

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  1. Dan German

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    No joke. When I was getting ready to paint my canoe, I learned about how much pigment can weigh. I know it wouldn’t be measurable on a guitar body, but on 16’ of boat? Yeah, it matters. (For the record I didn’t really care, and painted it a moderately heavy yellow.)
     
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  2. Twang Tone

    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

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    No, color doesn't factor in weight - each color will have light ones and heavy ones. You've just got to keep searching...

    I was patient and waited for the light ones to show up, and was rewarded - 6lbs 15oz Blonde Baja Tele & 7lbs 4oz 2TS Baja Tele (my avatar, left).

    Both have that devine soft V-shape neck, and ring like bells.
     
  3. Chupacabra

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    Not sure if they're heavier but have heard they have a longer scale length.
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    If they were made from Black Hole material, yes they are heavier....
     
  5. big jilm

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    My black Baja is 7lbs 15 oz - not too bad.
     
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    the really super dark black tele's are the heaviest.
     
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    What you are seeing is a truncated inventory. They probably started out with dozens of guitars but everyone wanted the lightest and so eventually they are down to the heaviest of the bunch. Same thing happens at GC for beat up or poor playing guitars -- they hang on all year, every shipment the good ones get picked out, so at the holidays they have a pile of 'terrible' guitars.

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    It’s luck of the draw. I had a black Baja that was 7.6 pounds. Ordered another prior to that that I returned because it was 9 pounds.
     
  9. Killing Floor

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    If red guitars are faster then black guitars can be heavier. Why not?
     
  10. douellette

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    I have a 2006 Baja. I bought the Desert Sand because it was significantly lighter than any blackguards that I could find. I grew to kind of dislike the color, so I bought a blonde MJT body on eBay and moved everything over to that. I'm totally satisfied with it now. I don't know the weight before or after, but it went from not-too-heavy to borderline light. And it looks better to my eye.

    I guess I'm suggesting the possibility of switching out the body to something lighter so you can still have everything you already like about the model.

    (I also put a bakelite pickguard, Callaham bridge and controls on it.)

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    Smooth
     
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    My butterscotch 2011 Baja is 7.5lbs, it's the heaviest guitar I have. Love it though, it's my go to guitar. Cant see them juggling with weight at the factory. I assume it's the density of the wood that makes the difference, these MIM were mass produced for profit and put together as quick as possible. Good luck finding one, people tend to hold on to them once you get the set up right. Mine was a lemon, once set up taking away the neck 2mm misalignment it's now a great guitar to play.
     
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    Mine is 7.6 lbs. Although I have a '60s neck on it right now. I just can't get used to the Baja neck... I might sell if you're interested.
     
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    Yep, like how restaurants sometimes have a policy of "save for well done" for lesser steaks.

    But the paint does not hide the weight very well.

    Unless you have synesthesia, then maybe. ;)
     
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    My 2019 black Baja weighs 8lbs. A little heavier than my 7lb 6oz strat, but not too bad.

    It sounds good when driven.

    Clean, I like the middle position for rhythm.

    The neck pickup, clean, sounds more like a strat than a tele - fine for rhythm, but I wouldn't play fingerstyle or jazz on it!
     
  16. NickWebb

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    Mine is quite an old one having got it in 2008/9

    When buying it I tried two of them, the one I bought was the heaviest but also the better sounding. Often wondered if this was a contributing factor.

    I ended up ditching all the electrics and replacing it with BK pups and quality components. I spent this money on it as the basic guitar, woods, finish etc was so good and compared well my my US Strats.

    Its a keeper
     
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    MODS: bakelite pickguard, copper shielding, got rid of the S1 pot (as it crackled) - but kept the 4-way switch. It needs a re-fret, so I'm about to install stainless steel medium frets.
     
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    What weighs more a pound of feathers or a pound of cheese? Seriously though, I think it is probably on a per guitar basis. Some will be heavier than others just as is the case with ash, basswood or mahogany bodies.
     
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    Finally, somebody sees the humor.

    I was kind of like "is this thing on?".
     
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    I was told, years ago, by a guitarist who had the experience to know, that darker guitars sounded darker.
    He really believed it.
     
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