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Baja officially discontinued

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by petemoss41, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Riversider

    Riversider Tele-Meister

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    I'd be all over a Baja with a rosewood neck (not the 60s though, which I owned once - I want that 50s carve) or a roasted maple maybe, just something that didn't have the thick gloss finish. With the American Specials they would periodically do some with rosewood boards, just wish the Baja had done that at some point in its lifetime, but I guess they thought that wouldn't have fit with what it was designed to be.
     
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  2. ricardo1912

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    Shame if the Baja really is gone. For me all it ever needed to be the perfect guitar was another fret. I haven't changed a thing on either of mine.
    And I do use the S1 as well, which may put me in the minority.
     
  3. wyclif

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    For anyone reading this who loves the Baja model, I wouldn't worry too much. That model is quite popular and that means that Fender will very likely just rebrand and rename with maybe a few tweaks, similar to what they did with the transition of the AV line to the AOs.
     
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  4. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    its called marketing 101. Run a model, discontinue it, re-brand it as new and improved, and we buy it.

    Fender anticipates and knows that people buy and sell guitars USED , but their market is NEW guitars. Their business is selling new models , new guitars.

    IF we buy ONE guitar new and keep it forever, they lose. So, discontinue, re-brand, offer it again.

    They know exactly what they are doing.

    How many versions of the same amps do they have ?

    the new improved Baja is probably already on a production line somewhere.
     
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  5. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Friend of Leo's

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    Bullet squier series too.

    Had same issue when i wanted standard mim in 2018.

    I guess They will rename it and add news for 2020.
     
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    Yep, give it a few years until its legend grows even more and they'll reissue it as the return of a classic, for a limited period, and make a mint.
     
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  7. SPUDCASTER

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    Why does Fender have to constantly re-invent the wheel. Well, we all know that answer.:rolleyes:

    Leo had it right to begin with in the 50's.

    The 50's Baja biggest selling point was the soft V neck. Anyone can wire a 4 way and an OOP switch.

    The pickups were no secret.

    I guess we'll see how they do with the new and improved version. And through their R&D, possibly screw it up.;)
     
  8. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    So I have a collector's item?

    First $5,000 gets my Baja!
     
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  9. Muddslide

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    Dang. Wanted one of these very much. Never been in a position to buy one outright for various reasons, but I always thought I'd score one someday to be THE Tele I owned.

    Mainly, I love the necks on them. I keep toying with the idea of building a Tele myself and just making sure the neck is chunky as all get-out.
     
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  10. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Yeah. And there’s also thousands already made.
     
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  11. Teleterr

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    Photo shop David Gilmore playing it and you ll get a thousand times that.
     
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  12. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You can still buy one used...
     
  13. Strato50

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    Plenty on Reverb.
     
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  14. Butch Snyder

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    Remember the Deluxe Nashville Telecaster?

    Version 1: $350 - $599 when in production.
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    Version 2: $799 - $849
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  15. RoCkstAr256

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    Must have been really long time there
     
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  16. igor5

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    Prices going up soon.
     
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  17. Butch Snyder

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    Not to go off-topic, but I got my first Deluxe Nashville Tele in 1997 and paid $399 for it brand new. I bought my last one in 2017 and paid $799.
     
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  18. Mike Eskimo

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    Yes.

    Everyone I ever played seemed like it was dipped in plastic or it had a weird banana pudding color - or both.

    And the necks were like everybody’s “starter” big neck.

    I did try out both a Jimmie Vaughan Strat and a Baja Tele after I had played a Nocaster and found the first two as vastly overrated as “big”.
     
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  19. Skub

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    I've never own a Baja,but I did buy a neck a few years and it suits me just fine. The body is a CVC Squier with Keystone pickups.

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  20. John C

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    Based on the timelines of other models (MIM Player, American Performer, American Professional) it's likely that the Baja replacementhas been in production since some time in May. Well not just the Baja Teles; I'm sure it's the entire Classic Player series that is getting replaced.

    For some reason I thought the V1 Deluxe Nashville did hit $699 at the beginning of 2016 - for the 6 months or so before the V2 (the current one) came out at $799.
     
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