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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Butch Snyder, Jul 9, 2019.
Did you say Badger?
What does that mean? I see it from time to time; but I honestly don't have a clue.
Maybe Baja in your mind is BarHar, but to people unfamiliar with the Mexican location I heard it pronounced Bajjah
Somehow, I kind of doubt that.
Kind of felt the same way. I pulled the electronics and installed a standard 3-way swith and was much happier. I still ended up building another partscaster and used another Baja neck for that build, so it really did just come down to having a great neck. The neck pickup on the Baja is very nice as well, but not the end-all in pickups either.
For me, the secret to not being a constant mod guy is to just build more guitars. Can't decide if you want 2 pickups or 3...build one of each.
Kept the 4-way switch and installed a Strat pickup.
Swear on my life the best guitarist I know read my email saying I got a Baja and called round asking to play my Bajjah. People in England don't all know a j sounds like an H in Spain
Take it back to stock, and leave it. You are fortunate to have the best Baja version ever made IMO. Too bad it's been routed, but at least it covers up OK. I've often wanted one as the Tele match to the Custom Shop Desert Sand Esquire in my avatar – my #1 guitar.
And I think lacquered black guards look great on most paint jobs. I had mine done up with a black guard for a while. I thought it looked outstanding. Only reason I changed it back was because I wanted the guitar stock again.
I know some folks from the UK, so I believe that.
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I completely get that. I will probably remove the Strat pickup. The Vintage Noiseless Tele neck pickup sounds better. I go between three pickguards; single-ply white (Fender calls it eggshell), single-ply black, and multi-ply parchment (with no neck pickup screw holes). I kind of favor the parchment guard.
I won't put the stock pickups back in because I don't like them as much as the Vintage Noiseless pickups. That said, I am going to remove the Vintage Noiseless pickups and install them in my ESP T-Style. Then, I'll be looking for a replacement set. Thinking of a CS Nocaster set.
One of my Bajas ended up like this, nothing left to do now except play it...
I remember that. Your finish was chipping off in droves; so you just finished the job.
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I always love seeing this guy. That grain should never have been covered up.
I have a 1st year desert sand Baja too I paid $500.
Like you, I added a middle pickup, a Van Zandt Blues.
I also put a Bigsby B-5 on it. Great guitar.
Thanks, I love showing it off every time I read the word "Baja'
It's a beautiful chunk of wood, it turned out to be my greatest project guitar ever, I love playing it and it is noticeably lighter than it was.
Pretty. Is it one piece ? and if so does it seem livelier then most?
It is 2 pieces.
I had a similar issue with the second tele I ever bought, which was a Muddy Waters signature.
Unfortunately, over the years a number of problems surfaced:
- warped neck
- neck pickup became defective
- bridge pickup became horribly microphonic.
In the end I gutted the electronics, and slapped on a new neck, then the finish started to chip off in places.
So I removed the finish, routed for middle pickup and tried to convince myself after installing 2 strat pickups in the neck and middle position alongside a Seymour Duncan 'Lil 59 in the bridge that this was the guitar I wanted.
Ended up selling it. Bought a Baja last year, and while it's not my main guitar, it's definitely my #1 telecaster.
that's cool - how about this...