Baja officially discontinued

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  1. Teleterr

    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah, I really wanted one of the Epi or Gibson Melody Makers. The D oval neck forces me to spread out my thumb causing Carpel Tunnel problems; where as a V allows the hand to assume a relaxed position and a U gives a variable anchor for the thumb held normally.
     
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  2. Bruxist

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    I feel you. I have issues in my right thumb joint that have worsened with aga, which is why I replaced the stock neck on my 88 strat with the 70's classic neck.

    Shame though, the original has the most beautiful rosewood fretboard and a great satin finish. But I can't play it for more than 20 minutes without pain, so it has to go.

    Keeping it though, maybe one my kids can play it with that neck after I am gone.
     
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  3. KelvinS1965

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    For UK readers I noticed that there are few still around, but in the pink or light blue (60s) versions. Guitar Village is one place and I saw a Butterscotch one in Dawsons too.

    Funny it was only last week I had a play of a friend's Baja to get a feel for what a thicker neck (compared to my Classic 50s) felt like.
     
  4. Skydog1010

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    I think that's the same neck on my triple caster, I'm not a big fan of that neck.
     
  5. Greggorios

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    They kinda/sorta already did...the Classic Lacquer teles and strats. I say kinda/sorta as my understanding is that for the most part a 50s type actual nitro finish is virtually impossible to produce in a factory due to most state's, particularly California, have environmental laws prohibiting some of chemicals used in the original nitro finishes.


    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender/Classic-50s-Telecaster-Lacquer-Electric-Guitar.gc
     
  6. Jorgen83

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    How come?
     
  7. KelvinS1965

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    Having tried my friend's Butterscotch Baja and now received my '51 neck I would say that they aren't identical: The '51 is thicker and the frets are lower too.
     
  8. awasson

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    They had one in Faded Sonic at the local guitar shop when I was in last week. They also had a CP60’s Strat in Sonic Blue too. It must be old stock they want to blow out. I’ve never seen a CP60’s Strat at any of my local shops for some reason. I’ve never seen a Baja for sale locally on CL either.

    I may have to pick up the Baja if they still have it in stock.
     
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    Frets on the 51 are 6105’s which is one of the tallest fret wires I believe.
     
  10. Piggy Stu

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    There has to be some country where it is still legal to use the old stuff. Somalia or somewhere
     
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    You can thank he who will remain nameless ...and the 25% tariffs on MIC goods for Fender moving CV production to their Indonesia plant.
     
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  12. Piggy Stu

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    Clint Eastwood has stopped the Baja?

    Bit of a hypocrite: those spaghetti westerns made him a major star
    the-man-with-no-name.jpg
     
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    I know that some of the small builders use nitro finishes much closer to the original recipe but I don't think the small, hand build builders here are subject to the same rules as a bigger operation.
     
  14. cyclopean

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    maybe they'll put the truss rod adjustment in a reasonable place this time. that was my dealbreaker.
     
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    Wasn’t me that said that date.
     
  16. Endless Mike

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    That S1 is an inconvenience in a live playing situation. You go for the neck pickup and wind up with the neck and bridge combination. By the time you get it set, a measure or two have gone by.
     
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    Who wants a guitar where you have to take it apart to make an adjustment to the truss rod. I call "Emperor's new clothes" on the lot of 'em.
     
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    Until Gibson gets involved!
     
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    Huge corporations don't exist to satisfy your needs ... They care about money ... They can produce the most perfect object ever ... If it doesn't sell ... It's gone ...​
     
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  20. KelvinS1965

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    So the specs say, but all I know is that they feel pretty low to me: It was one of my concerns and I was planning on getting the frets dressed down (had it done to a Les Paul that had tall frets). I don't feel like I'd need to do this with this neck and that's coming from someone with 'vintage' frets on all my other Fenders.

    Maybe it'll feel different once I get some strings on it, but I was pleasantly surprised that they didn't feel as tall as my friend's Baja frets.
     
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