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I have a Baja. Do I need a Broadcaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Walden, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Afflicted

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    Buy the Broadcaster or better yet a post 2012 52AV. For a second Tele, I'd choose a 60s style, Thinline w/WRHB, or a Deluxe. But as they said before the internet, "It's your money".
     
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  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I have five Esquires and I don't need a Broadcaster so I doubt you need a Broadcaster if you have a Baja Telecaster.

    But you should buy a Broadcaster anyhow!
     
  3. mbc220

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    Before I discovered Internet guitar forums, I had no idea that people spent three or four figures for multiple versions of the same basic type of guitar. So, no, you don’t need both. That said, I’m coming to this thread as someone who’s looked at both models recently. I think the Broadcaster feels like the more expensive guitar it is. If that’s important to you, I would trade up. Sonically, you don’t need both because they’re very similar.
     
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  4. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Walden, how many amps do you have (working amps)?

    If more than six, yes you need the Broadcaster. If less than six, you need another amp or two.

    If you have six amps, flip a coin.
     
  5. Electric Warrior

    Electric Warrior Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Boris is right, tell us about this amp situation.
     
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  6. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    To paraphrase William Munny, "need's got nothin' to do with it".
     
  7. LOSTVENTURE

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    If you come into a Tele forum and ask if you need another Tele, guess what you're going to hear.
    But, if you have a dire need to have a headstock that says "Broadcaster", go for it.
    Personally, my 2006 Baja is as close as I want to get to vintage. Great neck and a really hard to beat set of pickups. (And there is bound to be a decale out there that says 'Broadcaster")
     
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  8. Coyoteaz

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    You need a Broadcaster, a Nocaster, a 52 of some kind, a Esquire, and a Custom. Oh, a Thinline and a Deluxe.
     
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  9. Walden

    Walden TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I have a TAD Champ Clone that I play 99% of the time. I play in an apartment and 5 watts is all I need. For the one or two gigs or jams with buddies per year I own an early nineties Fender Blues Deluxe, 40 Watts, way loud...

    If I should ever buy another amp it would be a Fender Princeton, but right now a new guitar is kinda riding my brains attention span full time...

    Thank you, this is the kind of info I was hoping for.

    Thank you. Good to know they don't feel/ sound the same...

    I was asking in this forum (in this slightly clickbait-y way) because I wanted people to enforce what I was feeling in my GAS-induced state. Of course I don't NEED the Broadcaster, but I feel a strong urge (WANT) to have one. But I also don't want to make a stupid impulse buy without asking the specialists first.

    And there have been a couple of posts here that got me thinking into a different direction, which is nice. And a couple of posts that say "they are different enough" - which is also nice. It's good to know that the guitar feels "more expensive" which I read as "better made".
    The first electric guitar I was sold was an utter piece of crap. A Marathon Strat Copy that got nothing right. Wouldn't stay in tune. Action all over the place. I learned to play on that guitar but it put a damper on things and I always wanted to get a premium instrument when the money was there. Well, the money is saved up, these are strange times and I feel like I want to act/buy now. But this will be my last big purchase for a long while and I just want to make (kinda) sure...
    So thanks to everyone who contributed, even the jokers who kindly obliged me and said:

    I'll let you know what I end up with!
     
  10. psykobilly

    psykobilly Tele-Meister

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    If you can afford it, buy it. It will be different in sound, feel and general disposition. Play it, enjoy it. Guitars on that level are an investment that you can take pleasure in and then pass on. To me investments like that are better than buying bonds.
     
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    I wonder what your other guitars are. My attitude has always been to broaden the portfolio of tones I can cover--or at least approximate. For Broadcaster RI money, maybe go way out of the box--a 335 or something like it?
     
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  12. GearGeek01

    GearGeek01 Tele-Meister

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    I have a Baja and I thought it was going to be my only and last Tele, until I discovered the MIM Deluxe Nashville Tele (3 x noiseless pups and a 5-way switch)
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...ille-tele-white-blonde-with-maple-fingerboard

    The Deluxe Nashville come in 2-color sunburst, daphne blue, fiesta red (not sure if any others)... so there's that, different color guitars. (Mine is the white one like in the Sweetwater link, bought it at my local Sam Ash in person, not an Internet buyer guy here)

    Plus (for me) I scored my Baja in super mint condition at a pawn shop for $300... I paid the going new price for the Nashville of $825, so between the 2 ($1,125 total) I'm still not even CLOSE to the ridiculous $2,000 price tag of the 70th Anny Tele.

    PLUS I have way more tone choice on tap between these 2 than just having the Baja and the 70th... and as far as build quality compared to your previous icky Marathon, both of these Teles IMHO are spectacular. For me, with these 2 Teles in my quiver, I don't need another Tele. So I concetrate on other types I haven't had before. Such as the new Episphone (Inspired by Gibson) Firebird I just brought home 2 days ago...

    I might add that I am poor and disabled and I have no idea who in the hell has 2 grand to drop on one guitar (not me, ever, even if I were a millionaire). Especially a guitar design that has been pretty much exactly the same since the 1950s.

    IMHO, a high percentage of owning a 70th Anny are just the bragging rights. Come to the forum, post pics and brag, then go back to your bedroom and play to your dresser drawers... I find no fun in that... then your VISA card adds even more cost and interest (@ 18% and sometimes more) to the ridiculous price.

    I also believe there is more tone in your hands and personal abilities than there is in wood. Take the extra money you saved and find a damned good guitar teacher (not Guitar Center) and invest that money into lessons, you will get a lot more tone that way than wasting money on Fender's next money pit of the day.

    Or wait 6 months to a year after all the glitz and silly bragging is finished for some folks and pay a lot less for a mint used 70th... minus all the hoopla and marketing blitz and Fender brainwashing... Let some other clod take the 30%+ depreciation on the new instrument as soon as he walks out of the store. Regardless of what somebody said about an "investment" if you buy new, you lose 30% as soon as you walk out of the store. For example, pay $1,000 for a guitar, walk out of the store, then it is now only going to bring you $700 used... guitars are just that way. Chances are slim the value is going to go UP on something like a 70th. Fender, Gibson and others are constantly trying to create "modern vintage collectors", by making "limited edition" guitars. Now even Epiphones have "limited edition" models, haha. Don't get me wrong, I love my Epiphones and I have several, but trying to make them "limited" or "modern vintage collectors" is just ridiculous. Just wait until its on Reverb for 70% of new and buy it limited then.

    IMHO< I would recommend (highly) for a 2nd Tele, the Fender MIM Deluxe Nashville Tele... does things the Baja can't, and the Baja does things the Nashville can't.

    And leave the 70th for the doctors, lawyers, and millionaires to buy...
     
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  13. MAXXFIELD

    MAXXFIELD Tele-Meister

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    I think if you can afford it, just buy (used preferable in good shape) and try and take care of it and sell if not a fit... the real trick is not allowing yourself to keep on buying before selling.

    I've wasted too much time researching gear, but it really is half the fun.
     
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  14. Walden

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    I play an old Martin DM acoustic, which was my main guitar for the last couple of years. I was on a singer/songwriter path. I also own a Gretsch Electromatic 5125 which I hardly ever play. I have it for Travis picking and when I am in a rockabilly mood... I don't think I am a hollow (or semi-hollow) body kind of guy.

    But you are right and a couple of other people have mentioned this, funny, I never thought about it because I was so focused on the ONE guitar: I could just got for something that gave me a completely "new" sound. I just rewatched JD McPherson's rig rundown and he got a strat! He said he was a tele guy all the way but found the strat gave him some sounds he was looking for so...
    I don't know, this thread went in a different direction than I had intended, but it is very helpful and interesting anyway. Especially because there are so many ways of looking at the "problem".

    Whoa! Thanks for taking the time for a long reply. I agree with you that this is not an investment. But I don't think only millionaires and lawyers will buy the broadcaster... the reason to buy a guitar like the Broadcaster (for me) is not bragging rights (well, on this forum, maybe a little bit) but also the idea that it would be nice to own an expensive (read: well made) guitar like this. Just once. I also really like the idea of playing this thing forever and maybe even put a little wear on it, since it is nitro finished... Even if I only play to my "bedroom drawers" - or in my case: the kitchen.

    You are right about the money being better spend on a teacher of course. I wouldn't call my skill level Broadcaster worthy just yet - but there is also the hope that the guitar would inspire and push me to "up my game". I am not rich either and maybe that's why I am posting here and having this little dance about wether to buy or not. This would be a once in a long time expense.

    About the Nashville: I am pretty much and happily stuck in my little vintage corner, musically and sonically. The Nashville is too modern for me. Glad you're liking yours though!
     
  15. Jay Jernigan

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    I would truly love to have a 70th Anniversary Broadcaster. That said, I don't know how much I would play it: the Teles that I own sound great and I am not not a big fan of the 71/4" radius.
    If it had an actual Tadeo Gomez neck, I would make an effort.
     
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  16. Peegoo

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    No. You need an Esquire.
     
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    Maguchi Tele-Meister

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    My 2 cents, you can never have too many Teles. However I have a real weakness for guitars, especially Teles. The Red one and Sunburst one in the middle are the exact same model except one has a rosewood board and the other one maple. They're both ash bodies and sound very similar to each other. If it's a good guitar, you can't go wrong, even if it's similar.

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