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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by audiopablo, Apr 17, 2020.
Anyone have a modded baja? 60s or 50s, what little changes did you do?
me: I had a sonic blue 60s twice. First one was a case of dog with two bones. It was near perfection, but I thought I could do better with a more expensive guitar and missed a tummy cut. Unwisely sold it. Missed it. Bought another, but it was nowhere near the first - not sure why, but the first came together in a unique way. That one was moved on.
My friend's candy apple one was great, but he decided to mod his. He changed pick ups to noiseless. Then he wanted a green body. He sold me the body, switches and pickups. I put on a different neck and a 64 bridge with pickup assembly (they sell that packaged).
I swear it has more charm than my american teles (to me). Something just perfect about it. It resides in jangly territory, but I love the series position.
If I could build one from scratch: daphne blue, pickups as described above (neck pickup from the 60s with the 64 pickup in bridge), 4 way (or it wouldn't be a baja to me), maple neck from American Deluxe (compound radius), locking tuners, bridge from AM Pro.
Maybe I need to build this. I'm no luthier though, so if it doesn't all fit right, I'm kind of stuck.
bonus: if I could get that fat headstock from the mim deluxe (is that a CBS headstock????)
I only changed the pickguard from white to black, nothing else, it just can't get any better than that.
what color is the body? I am inspired to go black today when I have time. I had one on it for a bit, but it got so dirty. I'm not one for a clean guitar, but maybe I've got some dirty fingers!
Mine was like this.
And now is like this.
Do you want to paint the body in black ?
Mine is drilled for an 8-hole pickguard, but I still have the 5 hole unit on it. Other than that, bone stock.
My 2006 Desert Sand was just begging for a black bakelite guard. $11 from Stew-Mac.
I'm waiting for all the replies about ripping out the S1. I don't get it. I kept mine, I sometimes use the extra sounds, and it's not doing any harm. If it ain't broke . . .
I take it the other way, I don't have a Baja but I mod my other Teles to have a 4-way switch. It's become my auto-mod for any new Tele I'll play regularly (as opposed to planning to flip it).
I like to rotate the control plate for V-T-Switch to the rear.
A generic MIM Tele used with a $12 4-way switch is much easier to spend on than finding the, becoming rare, Baja models.
General Baja mods include +1 removing the S1 switch. It's fiddly and some players don't like the tones. I'm surprised why any fancy mods get put on the volume knob because that pot gets all the wear and tear and fails long before a tone pot does where a normal pot is easy to change the S1 is chock-full-o-wires.
I take out the S1 switch and replace with an audio taper CTS pot. Got much less noise and a bit stronger signal to my ears.
I also like to replace the pickups and change the bridge plate to a slightly thicker one.
I swapped the nut for tusq and change the string tree for the US one - those 2 things really helped with tuning stability since I bend a lot.
None of these really necessary, just little things that helped perfect it for me. I would definitely take out the S1 if nothing else.
I bought my '09 Baja about five years ago and quickly installed a flatter guard and new jack. I had some misgivings about the complexity of the electrics and fully expected to have problems, at some point. 100 gigs later....nothing else- the guitar is pretty much stock. The neck, frets and pickups suit me perfectly.
On my other tele a 2007 ash fsr I swapped out pickups, bridge, guard, and jack socket to get it to where I wanted it.
But my 60's Baja with a PF board is just right the way it is and I don't plan on changing a thing. The moon musta been right when they put this one together. Plays good, sounds nice and looks great (sonic blue). The only additions were a blue lizard theme strap and a bridge cover.
I like the slightly wider neck and sweet pickups on the 60's Baja. I don't use the both in series or out of phase settings much, and the switching seems noisier but all in all this one has become a favorite.
The only mod I have made to mine over the last year and a half was to switch the bridge out with this one. I kept the saddles and everything else. I just didn't like the raised section of the bridge under my palm. Otherwise, bone stock. I like the S-1 option so it's staying. It's a great Tele for a great price.
Baja New Bridge by GearHund posted Apr 17, 2020 at 1:50 PM
Flipped the control plate
Ditched the S1
Put single coils at the ends of the 4 way
Fender tilt compensated saddles
Since I never learned to leave will enough alone ………….
Pulled the S1 and rewired to 3 way
Mr Rutter's saddles and control plate
Changed the pickguard
Other than that, its completely stock
50's Baja, the blackguard looking one.
Mine has Cavalier pickups in place of the stock whatever they were. Compensated saddles from Stew Mac and an electro socket.
I would pull the S1 as I neither like nor use those sounds. The real issue for me is that on stage, eight times out of ten when I am going for the neck pickup, I accidentally get the neck/pickup combination instead. It's aggravating. If it weren't for that, I'd leave it, just because it's the path of least resistance.
I have a 50's that I love. I dont use the S1 setting much either but every so often its handy.
I like the Baja much more than the original AVRI I had on long term loan. Maybe I just didn't get Teles then but pretty much instantly like dthe Baja over the AVRI.
I'd really like to try the 60's (especially if it has a slightly wider neck as mentioned above) but down here thats impossible without ordering from Ebay or MF sight unseen.
That and im still hankering for a tele with a factory bigsby.
Yeah I can see that, it seems like the "humbucker" position would be better as the next to bridge pickup rather than next to neck.....presumably that can't be modded to do?
Replaced the entrie control assembly since my S1 was defective anyway. Went with a loaded set with cloth wiring and quality components.
Replaced the factory guard for a thicker bakelite one
Upgraded to an electro-socket
Upgraded saddles to brass compensated ones (hipshots I think I used)
Everything else seemed good to go. I almost replaced the tuners for locking style, but the factory ones actually seemed pretty solid so I stayed with them.
(This was the '50's Baja)