Baja vs. American standard

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  1. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I am not a big fan of brass saddles, i like steel better and have found the six saddle bridges to work really well.
     
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    The Baja (mine is from 2006) came with a Twisted Tele at the neck and a Broadcaster at the bridge, both unique for Teles at that time. And an unbeatable combination even now.
     
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    All great points, and wow man those are some very fine looking guitars you’ve got there
     
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    Pick the one with the neck you like best.

    Then, just play the kinds of things that whichever choice "tells you" it wants to play. One's more of a vintage sound and the other is pure modern. Both are most worthwhile, so long as the neck works for you.

    If you're using a 22nd fret, I think you're doing it wrong.
     
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    Aluminum saddles are out of stock, sold the last one today. I’ll have more in the future. Might be a couple months though.
     
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    I love the neck on my Baja. I have another, much more expensive Tele, with a handshaped neck, but I am finding myself playing the Baja more. Also, the Broadcaster pickup is killer. What kind of music do you play? If it's at all in the country/roots-y/rock'n'roll direction (everything pre 80ies) I would go with the Baja.
     
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    The Classic Player series guitars by Fender was one of the best things they've done in recent times. Modified vintage types. I'd go for the Baja.
     
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    I have several AS Strats and Teles. They are favorites. Modern C neck is my favorite neck profile.
     
  9. Grateful Ape

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    Simply put, you have to play them to decide.
     
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    Get 'em both!
     
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    I have smallish hands and prefer larger neck profiles, just better ergonomics for some reason.

    Agree about the refinement of the AS over the Baja.
     
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    Go with the Baja. It's newer and reactivate the S1. You can't have too many tonal possibilities.
     
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    I agree with the statement by others here about the AS being more refined. If my AS had a bigger neck I would play it more. Really the only thing I like about my Baja is the neck.
     
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    I know you said you don't want to drive twice, but dang. Guitar shopping via internet speculation is a coin flip. You may as well pick the drive that you think is prettier, if you aren't going to do your due diligence and get both guitars in your hands. If you HAVE the time, and this is the way you want to acquire a guitar, just spend your Saturday or a couple of evenings and try them both. It's worth it. Worst case scenario you drive to destination #1, then to destination #2, then back to destination #1, then home. Certainly worth it for a quality instrument that you (hopefully) love, and certainly isn't any more time than you'll spend online drooling over guitars :)
     
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    Can you include some pics please.
     
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    Have a 50's modified Vintera and a 6.8 pound Pro II. Online buys from the only shop I use. I love the one I am playing at the time.
     
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    Baja necks ate great. Broadcaster bridge pup is great. Teisted Tele neck pup you either like or don't. I prefer a traditional tele neck pup. Love the 4 way switch, not the S1 but that is something you activate if desired. Thick poly finish is what it is. One thing you cant change is the Baja has an ash body and the AS has probably alder. Fender is no longer putting ash bodies on less expensive guitars so its value could ris over time. Swamp ash is vanishing. Look it up, Traditional Tele enthusiasts prefer swamp ash.
     
  18. Controller

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    Buy them both and sell the less favored one.
     
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    Any chance you could play them before buying ? Looks can be deceiving ...
     
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    I've learned one thing about guitars, that is important to me and it is the neck profile and size. You can get used to pretty much anything, but once you land on a neck you love, you will always go back to it's as a reference point.

    That being said, I had both and I'd choose a Baja over the American standard because of the neck. I found myself switching saddles, pickups and other hardware anyway down the road, but the neck is what stays with you. Remember, your preferences may highly differ!
     
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