My modified Fender Baja

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  1. gilmanoel

    gilmanoel TDPRI Member

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    Hello guys! I decided to modify my Fender Baja. I had previously modified my Epiphone Les Paul. Anyone interested, follow the link for Les Paul:

    https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/e...d-poor-mans-r0-joe-walsh.435301/#post-9387978

    All modifications were performed by luthier Igor Petinatti (Brazil).

    Electronics
    * Cloth wire
    * Fender Pure Vintage A250K x2 (no-load tone pot)
    * Fender 1/4 "guitar output jack
    * Fender 3-way switch
    * Fender Pure Vintage Wax Paper Capacitor- .05uf @ 150V
    * Modern Wiring
    * Shielding with aluminum

    Hardware
    * Fender Pure Vintage '52 Telecaster® Knurled Knobs
    * Fender Pure Vintage Strap Buttons
    * Fender Tele Movable Intonating Saddle Kit
    * Gotoh SD91 Nickel

    Plastics
    * Fender Pure Vintage Five-Hole Mount Telecaster® Pickguard

    Others
    Graphtech TUSQ XL
    Jescar FW57110
    Neck with glossy front and satin back
    Re-radius 9.5" to 12"

    Cheers!
     

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  2. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    So you just turned your Fender Baja Telecaster into a regular old Telecaster?
     
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    Fendereedo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Aha, ok.....
     
  4. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Seems like you were better off choosing a different telcaster rather than modding that Baja. I changed mine as well (ditched the S1 switch, added electro-socket, replaced pickguard) but the great thing about the Baja has been the neck and pickups. Altering the radius really changed the whole Baja thing in my view.

    Of course, the beauty of every guitar is that it fits the player so if that accomplished the goal...all the power to you man, play away.
     
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    not all ideas are good ideas
     
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    • Fender Pure Vintage Wax Paper Capacitor- .05uf @ 150V.

    Best part!
     
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  7. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

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    I modded mine with compensated saddles and Rob D's pickups, an electrosocket and strap locks. I hate the S1 switching, but am afraid to mess with anything as the volume and tone knob work perfectly for small, subtle adjustments that actually are effective.
     
  8. gilmanoel

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    In fact I really like the look and the tone of Baja and Fender 52 (old guitars in general), but I prefer the playability of modern guitars, the project ended up being sensational, the guitar is much cooler to play. I already thought about getting a Richie Kotzen, but I don't like signature guitars and it pickups.

    I really hate the S1 system or any type of push pull. I almost turned it into a Esquire, :)

    12 "radius + jumbo frets, yeah!
     
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    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

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    The S1 is a push, not a push pull. Having the pot knob stick up looks and feels stupid.
     
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  10. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Agree, S-1 looks better.

    But it doesn't pass the Keith Richards demolition test. I've had a failure on one and bought another, with an existing S-1 failure. Out of seven S-1s I can remember having. That's not a good ratio.
     
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  11. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    You could’ve put alla that stuff on a body and had two guitars!
     
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  12. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    On my 50s Bajas, and everyone at the time felt that I had gone overboard, I did things like:

    1) Replace goofy St. Leo stamped jack cup with a Broadcaster style machine cup which presses in (Glendale), and a Switchcraft jack;

    2) Replace decent Ping Splits with even nicer Gotoh Splits (use 3/8ths conversion bushes);

    3) ALL slotted screws, except the screws for the Dunlop Strap locks;

    4) I bought ten AV style Fender bridge plates cheap, and "sound" tested them by gently dropping them on a hard table. Listened for music, and those that sang replaced a couple of the stock plates that didn't look true;

    5) Callaham string tree;

    6) Remove neck and clean out all the crud in the pocket, and off the bottom of the heel, and enlarge holes to 11/16ths and do the "Walter W Chiropractic Neck Trick" to set the neck as best possible; and

    7) Put Marc Rutters or other mildly compensated saddles on 'em, or on most of the 21 saddles. Perhaps 2-3 stock saddles just happen to intonate on the guitars they are on with the fatter strings I prefer. And other stuff I forget right now.

    Of course they all got a fret level, crown and polish. Against my principles to spend huge amounts of money on a MIM.
     
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  13. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    Looks good, congrats.

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  14. JuneauMike

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    I don't recall ever using my S-1 switch. If I did it was probably just out of curiosity shortly after I bought it. I gotta say, of all the useless things Fender has created over the years I'd have to put the S-1 feature in the Top 5, followed closely behind by the decision to bury the truss rod adjustment screw in the heel of the neck.
     
  15. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

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    I can understand those changes, although I'm skeptical about the bridge plate sound test, but open minded to it being effective.

    I'm intrigued by the "Walter W Chiropractic Neck Trick". Is there really that much material ("crud") in the neck pocket and on the bottom of the heel?
     
  16. Jupiter

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    I think that’s one of the simplest and cheapest mods to improve the link between the neck and the body. Sometimes there’s crud, and sometimes there’s just wood splinters sticking up around the mounting holes where the drill bit pushed through. It wouldn’t take much in there to drastically reduce the mated surface area. But I think the WWCNT is something else...
     
  17. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

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    But is it something that makes an appreciable positive improvement?
     
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    Nice job! I bet that guitar is a joy to play now.
     
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