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

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

  1. awasson

    awasson Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I haven’t seen this guitar. It’s a beauty! Did you do a build/rebuild thread somewhere? I’m not sure what it looked like before but it sure looks stunning now.
     
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    Somewhat, after i was done, i posted about it here http://www.tdpri.com/threads/the-iceman-returneth-the-rebirth-of-a-baja.800462/ but I didn't do a real build thread with step by step photos of the entire process. I tend to get into the work and don't like to stop every minute to take photos.
     
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    Thanks for that. I've added it to my watched threads so I can meander through it. I've just seen the first photo and can see what a transformation its gone through.

    I thought that might have been the case too. I've got some binding and a body blank (Canadian Pine) and intend to do the same. It might end up looking a little like yours. Thanks again for posting the link.
     
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    I'm actually in the process of bringing it back to stock (as much as I can). I still would like to change the pickups though. The stock pickups are nice; just not quite for me.
     
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    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I agree, the pickups have never thrilled me but I hate to mod it. I may sell it and get something I bond with.
     
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    I actually installed a set of Tex Mex Tele pickups. Always liked them and they work super well in this guitar.


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    I have to say that the fundamentals of a Baja are the neck, the body and the vintage specs.

    I have one of the early desert sand ones.

    Pickups went out over the years, so it now has a pair of SD Hot Teles.

    S1 switch failed so I put in a standard 4 way switch

    Fell out of the back of a van in a gig bag, cracked the finish so I stripped it back to the ash

    [​IMG]

    It's now a totally perfect Tele without buying a 52RI

    Miss the original pickups though, they were great.
     
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    Cool story. Looks fantastic too! Will you please describe the tone of the Duncan pickups you have in it?


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    I understand the restlessness.

    Most guitars seem to need some tweaking of one sort or another, sometimes minor, sometimes a number of iterations of pickups, pots, bridge, or different neck... before they achieve that "special state" where you are thrilled with leaving it alone!

    I think you'll get there with it!
     
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