baja vs road worn 50s neck profile thoughts?

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  1. Rumblur

    Rumblur Tele-Meister

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    I've got a road worn Tele, the neck is huge, full thickness all the way. That I can deal with, even if it is a bit bigger than I would like. The 7.25" radius and jumbo frets are not my thing. that radius and regular frets = fine. 9-12" radius and big frets = fine.

    So I'm thinking about a Baja neck, but I can't find a single Baja Tele in my area to try out... so can any of you Tele-lovers compare these 2 models for me to give me an idea of how the Baja neck differs from the Road Worn 50s?
     
  2. Mad Kiwi

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    I cant help with comparison, I only have a Baja (which has a great neck) but if you ever want to sell on the road worn tele neck im very interested! :)
     
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    I’ve had three Bajas and they all have had different necks so it’s really difficult to surmise.
     
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    wow, 3 and all different? I figured since the advent of the CNC machine everything was identical more or less. I'm really hoping for a comparison by someone that's handled both of these models.
     
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    I've handled 2 Bajas in recent years and they were pretty consistent; about 0.9" at the nut. However, I never found the neck to be a soft V. Felt more like a very rounded C shape, almost as deep as the Nocaster deep U, but with slightly less shoulder.

    It is certainly larger than the road worn tele neck that has a neck profile probably similar to the Suhr C shape.
     
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    I have both. Baja neck is definitely bigger. Road worn is a pretty normal mid size c shape.
     
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    Just to clarify. All the necks had the same profile but the difference in thickness was considerable. Also the most recently built one had almost a Baseball Bat type neck. The first one was a Desert Sand model and it had the thinnest neck.
     
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    They need to start making the Bajas in different colors, I need a reason to buy more of them :)
     
  9. RadioFM74

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    They jus did: see Vintera modified line ;)
     
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    Do those (the maple boarded ones) really have the Baja neck on them? If so then yeah, I'm definitely up for one of those! :)
     
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    yup! the vintera modded 50's are full spec in line with a baja. except satin back of neck, different colors, and the tuners are a higher ratio.
     
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    NICE!! :) I love the Bajas, they are damned near perfect. Looking at Fender though, it looks like the Baja has the 9.5" radius and the Vintera has a 7.5" radius neck.
    EDIT: Ok, so the Baja appears to be gone, the Vintera has the 7,5" radius, and the Vintera Modified has the 9.5" neck. lol
     
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    Right. The Vintera modified is the new Baja. The Vinteras are the new “Classic” (with revised neck shapes and pickups, but still full vintage spec).
     
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    There's a pretty cheap Baja neck on reverb right now, looks like it needs a new nut though. Not mine, just pointing it out.
    https://reverb.com/item/27892326-fender-baja-telecaster-neck-and-tuners
     
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    Heck, I wish my road worn came with a fat neck. Mine is a tooth pick.
     
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    strange.... I was under the impression the baja was SMALLER than the RW50! My RW50 is the thickest neck I've ever seen on a Tele, and there's no taper. At the nut and the cowboy chords it's fine, but once I get up the neck a little it isn't very comfortable.

    Thanks for the info on the Vintera, I'll keep an eye out.
     
  17. felis

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    That's my experience also!

    And also this ↑ ↑ ↑

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    e.g. what I call a 'V' shaped neck ↓ ↓ ↓
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    And for the purists :D;), another remarkable difference!
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    That’s my experience too. The Bajas I’ve played and one I’ve owned (just in recent years, so probably nothing earlier than about 2015) have all been considerably fatter / thicker than the roadworns I’ve played. To me, the road worn has been my “Goldilocks” neck, definitely not skinny but not fat either, just kind of disappears in my hand. I like the Baja necks, but I was always aware I was playing a fat neck. And I DO like the 7.25” radius and narrow / tall frets on the road worn, a LOT!

    -Ray
     
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    This is interesting I had no idea the tokai teles had v necks

    And for what it’s worth I find you have to be looking for a v to feel it on most bajas if it wasn’t known in the specs as a v most people probably wouldn’t call it a v shape even a soft v
    To me my baja neck actually feels closer to a early to late 70’s U shape
     
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    Interesting indeed, and it brings back the memory of a Breezysound I owned in the 1980s - yeah, definitely a 'V'.
     
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