Baja 50's or Baja 60's

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by PaulHaa, Apr 30, 2016.

50's or 60's Baja

  1. 50's

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  2. 60's

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  1. PaulHaa

    PaulHaa Tele-Meister

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    so there are 2 versions of the fender baja tele. A 50's one with ash body, maple fingerboard and custom shop designed pickups and the 60's one with alder body, rosewood fingerboard and american vintage pickups. They bot cost exactly the same and otherwise there are no differences. Both have the 3saddle bridge and four way switching and a S1-switch for out of phase.

    So what are the differences in sound weight playability or what else there is?

    Thanks :D

    50's : http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...aja-telecaster/0141502303.html#q=baja&start=1

    60's : http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...60s-telecaster/0141510300.html#q=baja&start=1
     
  2. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Not a vote for me. It's not a binary thing. One could be completely justified in having both for different reasons and I think a few have,

    I nearly had both :) Only a good deal on a '50s Roadworn stopped that!
    Main thing with the 50s is the neck is a substantial soft V or U and the 60s isn't, it is a substantial modern C with a hint of D

    The '60s is the one I (just) have and I think "60s" is just a branding thing and is not quite right. It has '50s style brass bridge, and 50s American Vintage vintage pickups... the only "60s" thing really is the colour of mine (FSB) which does look very early 60s. and the rosewood.
     
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  3. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    Two great guitars... with needlessly confusing branding. The 60s model should have a different name. fender managed this with the 'Classic' series and 'Classic Player' series, also.....

    Any potential buyer should play both guitars at the same sitting, if possible.
     
  4. sheltonsuperdav

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    image.jpeg I did play both living very close to Elderly and for me the 50's neck was too much for me to manage. Plus the FSB was just too cool to pass up !
     
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    Doesn't the '60s have a thinner neck than the '50s? For me the Soft V neck is a deal killer - I can't stand it. IMO play both and get the one that feels best.
     
  6. PaisleyAddict

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    50s neck is the only one worth playing.
     
  7. still_fiddlin

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    Don't rise to the bait...

    As has been said by many around here, they are both great guitars, and you should really play each one to decide. They have different pickups but the bigger difference for most folks, is the necks, both in fingerboard (maple vs rosewood) and profile. These things are "deal breakers" for some, but just differences for others. They are not insignificant differences, though, so playing is a good idea.

    (The naming is confusing, mostly because the 50's model was the only Baja for a very long time. But, bad mouthing Fender for this, on this forum, for what is now going on the 2nd year, has not yet resulted in a name change; and they seem to still sell lots of both models. My guess is they're happy with their choice.)
     
  8. LOSTVENTURE

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    I prefer the 50's version, primarily because of that neck. As far as I've been able to determine, it's as close to the actual early 50's profile as anything Fender has ever produced. And I have access to several of the early Tele's to compare it to.
    But, that's just me, and everybody's got their own preference.
    And after the OP's model description, I have to wonder what happened to the twisted-tele neck pick-up. That was another great selling point.
     
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  9. PaisleyAddict

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    if anything, that 50s neck isn't big enough. but i still like it, it's a good neck.
     
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  10. unixfish

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    I love the soft-V on the 50's. The neck on the 60's is nice - but not much different from the "modern C" necks on a lot of other Teles. It was the neck on the 50's Baja that convinced me get that guitar.

    Lots of players love it - lots of players don't. I guess that is why they have so many models!
     
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    Paul... As far as the necks go, I've got them both; I bought them as take-off necks for projects. I like them both, but overall I tend to prefer the 60's with the rosewood board, mostly because I prefer darker, unfinished wood for a fretboard. They're both great necks, though; neither is 'superior', just different. The '50s is fat and chunky, if you prefer that. The '60s has a standard, more commonly found profile.

    No one can make the choice for anyone else; only you can determine which you like better and you have to play them to do that.
     
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  12. engineer

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    The difference between them is the neck. The 50s has a soft-V quite large maple neck which I really love. The 60s has a smaller neck in rosewood. Of course they offer them in different colours. Play them (and others) until you find the one that speaks to you.

    Which is the best guitar in the world?
    -"The one you're holding."
     
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    I took the neck off my original Baja and installed a modern C rosewood on it- I love it now- even more than my 60's Baja. The twang in the original Baja is like Bakersfield reincarnated (to my ears).
     
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    I just fell in love with the fatter 50's neck. Gave it character. 60's was generic fender. Nice if you like it.

    Are the pickups the same? The Broadcaster/twisted tele set in mine are stellar rock pickups.
     
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    I have one of each. they sound,feel and play completely different. Both are really good guitars.
     

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    FMIC makes a million models, and most of them have necks not different in any meaningful way from this new Classic Player 60s "Baja" Telecaster. The neck on the original ash bodied Baja is the star of the guitar. IMO there's a serious shortage of models with necks this large or larger. FMIC knows it does not offer a rosewood board on any thick/fat neck, anywhere on its line. What a shame they did not see and take advantage of this clear opportunity.

    I'm ambivalent about all the added wires and switch positions on either the original Baja or the wannabee rosewood board "Baja". Noisy, and very few guys make real use of all these sounds.
     
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    I really wanted to love the 60's, but the neck was just too skinny for me.
     
  18. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    They're both great. I prefer the 50s neck.
     
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    60s for me, but I don't dislike the 50s either, I just love the thinner neck.
     
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    Another question which one is lighter?
     
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