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Classic Series 50s vs 60s for bare-fingered blues/jazzy pursuits

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by TN Blues, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. TN Blues

    TN Blues TDPRI Member

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    Howdy music lovers. I am trying to decide between these two Classic Series models. I have checked out the Bajas, and while they are fine, I just want to keep it simple; this is a big part of the tele's appeal to me. I play with just my fingers in a Travis picking/country blues style, with touches of ragtime, Gary Davis, John Hurt, and Lonnie Johnson thrown in. I have also started exploring jazz standards in the last year. I am aware of all of the specs, and can live with the variances, whether neck profile or fingerboard material. I am just looking for the most versatile stock model which would be well suited to my style.
    I would greatly appreciate input from current and past owners, and any players who share similar musical pursuits; which worked best for you, and why?
    I do not want to get into modding anything right away; I just want to start with the right tool for the job, and hope that I will find it satisfying and versatile as is.
    I appreciate and look forward to your comments.
     
  2. Dacious

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    60's. Bit clearer sounding with the slimmer neck and staggered poles pickups.
     
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    mimmo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'd say 60s too.
     
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  4. Kreepy

    Kreepy Tele-Meister

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    Classic 60s tele is a lot of guitar for the money.
     
  5. chrisj1602

    chrisj1602 Tele-Meister

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    I loved the Classic 60s I used to have and would definitely buy another, great guitars.
     
  6. RadioFM74

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    I think you would do just fine with both, and that variance will be minimal so my main suggestion is: go play a few and choose the one you connect with.

    When I compared my 60s Baja to the AVRI52 I had the impression that the 60s was a bit more transparent sounding, in a good way for jazz. But those are different models with different PUs…

    BTW: if you find a Baja used, check it out carefully. The extra wiring can be removed. What makes Bajas great is the quality of the pickups and of the necks.

    EDIT: I am referring to both Baja 50s and Baja 60s. For jazz, I actually prefer the choice of pickups on the Baja 60s: American Vintage 52 in the neck, American Vintage 58 in the bridge. One of the best combos around.
     
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  7. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Play a few. Love my Classic 50s. Very nice neck, probably my easiest playing guitar.
     
  8. KC

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    In the time-honored TDPRI tradition of not answering the question you actually asked, I'm going to suggest that you try & find a MIM '69 Thinline to try out. Mine's ten years old or so & has the best-feeling neck of any tele I've ever played, a nice fat U-shape. Bill Frisell was playing one of these for a while, maybe still is. Mine was a good-sounding guitar stock, made even better with Lollars in it now.
     
  9. gaddis

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    I think you would do well with either. If it was me,I’d lean towards the Classic 60’s. It may be a mental thing, but the 60’s rosewood fingerboard says jazz to me.
     
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  10. Synapse2k

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    I think both would work just fine for your purposes. I personally love the 60s. It all comes down to personal preference Ie the things that you said you don’t consider as important
     
  11. Gary in Boston

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    I'd say the Classic 50's because the of the neck and the smaller frets ( unless the Classic 60's has the small frets too) work well with the fingers.

    Best of luck

    Gary
     
  12. Iago

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    It does have the same small frets.

    I'd go with a Baja, though ;)
     
  13. TN Blues

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    Well, I must admit that sonic blue 60s baja looks sexier as far as color options go. But I haven't seen one in person, so hard to be sure for certain.
     
  14. LKB3rd

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    They would both work, so I'd go with the one you like better. Whether it's a color, or the neck that fits your hand better or for whatever reason one appeals to you.
     
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