I have a Baja Tele and.......

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Butch Snyder, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Butch Snyder

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    I have a used 2006 Baja Tele. 2006 was their inaugural year; so I feel pretty fortunate that I found it. It's a desert sand finish. When I bought it, the previous owner (was he the original owner? I don't know) had done a real hack job on the electronics. He removed the S1 switch; which I'm ok with. He damaged the 4-way switch. After I bought the guitar, I ordered a new 4-way Tele assembly; which came with a switch, 250k vol/tone pots, and a 0.47uF cap.

    He had also replaced the single ply white pickguard with a black bakelite guard. IMO, single ply black guards should not be on opaque guitars. Original pickups are in it. I decided to route the body and install a middle pickup; which I do often. Every week, I change something. I add a middle pickup and change the pickups out. Next week, I might put the 56/58 single-ply white pickguard on and just do a three way switch and remove the middle pickup. Or I might remove that pickguard and install a multi-ply parchment pickguard (no neck pickup adjustment holes).

    Bottom line is I have a great guitar here and I'm getting tired of doing all this stuff and changing everything. I know no one can cure me of this fickleness; but some other ideas might help.
     
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    Sorry, can't help. The sickness has to run its course.
     
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    Play more, tweak less


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    Play it until it crumbles into dust ;).
     
  5. Teleterr

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    The main idea of the Baja is the electronics. Have you played an unabused one ?
     
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    It's a disease that has to run it's course. You'll either outlast it or it'll kill you, but it will end someday.

    I'm lucky, I don't have this particular disease with guitars - I just love to play the damn things. But I had it with bicycles, so I fully understand. Fortunately, I lived and it died, but it was touch and go there for a while...
     
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    I thought the main idea of the Baja was the neck and the electronics were something you either liked or not, changed or not, used or not.
     
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    Hard to believe, but these quotes are from the SAME POST!

    My advice would be to get a set of two great pickups, choose a pickguard you like, and play the guitar!
     
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    Yeah, both, but you can get a Baja neck off of eBay and slap it on a normal electronics body.
     
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    I'm not. I have this with guitars I don't play enough, MTBs I don't ride enough and an old triumph car that spends most of the time with the bonnet up and the dash apart.
    But hey...it's all about the journey.
     
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    The advice in reply to your question has to be like all other threads on here - 'dude, buy a baja'

    When you post that you own 2 and what next, u gonna get the same advice - even if you owned an infinite number

    On a less serious note, if you are not happy with the neck and pickups, get the 60s baja instead? Or give up guitar?

    I am pretty good accepting a guitar as is and not changing it
     
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    Of course. Or you can buy a full Baja and mess about with the electronics... It's not a moral choice. They guy HAS the Baja, so if he wants to change the electronics...
     
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    I know I should just shut up and play. Fickleness is a curse. I will say that I have been working on keeping the finish from chipping off. I have read some real horror stories about the old desert sand finishes chipping. I have even seen some cases where the owner will go ahead and literally chip the finish off to reveal a really nicely-grained ash body. Those thoughts have crossed my mind as well.
     
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    Yeah, I know; but my modifications are clean and pro level. This guy really hacked it up.
     
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    Butch didn't change the electronics, it came that way. If it was standard his problem of tinkeritis might never have arisen. I always mod my guitars, but the Baja has so much going on that I haven't. I' m only Luke warm on the bridge p-up, but won t replace it because the series sound is so good, as is the 1/2 OoP.
     
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    I did change out the pickups last weekend. The CS Broadcaster and Twisted Tele neck pickups are good; but not quite what I'm after. I have a set of Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups from a Deluxe Nashville Tele. I installed the neck and bridge pickups and have the middle pickup sitting there waiting to be installed.
     
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    I loved the Baja when I had one, but I love the tele for it's simplicity and the Baja was as un-simple as a tele gets. Or close. People always told me, you don't have to USE the S1 or the 4th position. But when they're there, you use them, or I do anyway. It was cluttering up my mind. I have a strat for that and I LOVE my strat, but I didn't want that in a tele. I get why people love them, but I didn't, except for the neck. I was either gonna change out the electronics or get a different tele. I ended up with a Roadworn 50s, which for ME is the perfect tele. So, problem solved. I even like the neck more than the one on the Baja, and that's a VERY high bar...

    -Ray
     
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    I’ll just put this here to keep the creative juices flowing. ...and yes, that is a 4-way selector and an S-1 switch in the middle.

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    EDIT: Clearly not a Baja but it has a Twisted in the neck and something similar to a broadcaster bridge and I had it wired like a Baja for a while. It’s ever changing.
     
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    I often think of upgrading my Baja. Then I think "Meh, that is a lot of work. I need to play more!" and the feeling passes.

    However, the only things I want to upgrade are:
    • Compensated saddles. I really don't need them, I just like the idea.
    • New jack. Mine is fine, but that might avoid problems later on.
    • Remove the S1. I like the 4 way, I just don't use the S1. It has not caused any problems.
    • Fret level. I may still have that done. I have one or two that are a bit tall around the 15th fret. Maybe find them and give them a mild shave?
    Fortunately, I love that guitar, and playing it kills the upgrade GAS.
     
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    My bsb Baja has been my go to guitar for ages. Totally standard and a great player. I do use the S1 sometimes and even if you don't it doesn't take up space and still leaves the four way switch.
     
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