New Baja on The Way

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  1. Fuggle

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    Absolutely nothing wrong with a nice used Baja!
     
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    I wanted a Baja for a long time, but the only ones that came thru the local GCs were butterscotch and I really didn’t like the Baja shade of butterscotch. I was also ambivalent about all the switching, so it never happened...

    Fast forward to three weeks ago I go to GC out of boredom not looking to buy anything and this fiesta tele catches my eye. As soon as I grabbed the neck I knew I had something. You just don’t see necks like that too often (except the Baja, of course). Felt light, too. And resonant. I didn’t need to plug it in, I could tell it was a winner, but I didn’t go there to buy anything...

    I walked around some more looking at other gear, but I kept going back to that tele. Must of pulled it off the wall four times, but exercising extreme self control, I walked away. I kept obsessing over it on the way home and it occurred to me I could trade in a couple of guitars I never played anymore that would get me at least close to an even trade. I know, you don’t get what they’re worth that way, but I wanted it now...

    So I load up the two victims and drive a half hour back hoping it was still on the wall. It was so we do the deal. Not a great deal, but I got 15% off the new one, so close enough. I’ve been thrilled with it ever since.

    Oh, I almost forgot, it’s the Vintera 50s Tele. Unmodified. :)
     
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    Ever since Fender discontinued the model the used prices have been escalating. You used to be able to score a used one for $600, but not likely now unless a little beat up. If you can land one for around $700, it is a great instrument for the money and worth grabbing. I don't think I would pay much more than that for used one however as I did feel they needed a couple of minor improvements (upgrade saddles to compensating and changing to an electro-socket at a minumum).
     
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  4. Fuggle

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    And I’ll just throw out that “Baja Tele” sounds a whole lot cooler than “Vintera ‘50s Tele Modified”.
     
  5. gwjensen

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    If you can get 10 - 15% off the 899 for a new vintera modified you’re not that far off... and it’s the same guitar... and new.
     
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    Yes it does, but a rose by any other name...
     
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  7. Fuggle

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    Except they’re going for $999-1049 depending on color.

    They day I learned from Sweetwater that the Baja was discontinued and no longer available, I grabbed one new from GC for 15% off. I think it was like $704 and I’ve been really happy since. :)
     
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    Oh, you’re right! There’re $100 more than the unmodified ones. $200 more for the ash one. Modified, unmodified... thats getting tedious...:rolleyes: Great deal on your Baja.
     
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    The Vintera isn't the renamed Baja, the Vintera Modified is the renamed Baja :) I may grab the first used surf green one I see :)

    Though for the life of me I can't figure out why they discontinued the Baja, it seems to have been a critical hit in every way possible. My Baja is a great guitar at any price.
     
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    Well, in a way they didn’t discontinue it. Just changed the name and raised the price o_O
     
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    The surf green and sonic blue ones are stunning. My blonde Baja still has the new guitar smell and already I’m drooling over those new colors.
     
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    Something about the Baja neck forces me to play cleaner and with more attention than I do on a modern C.
     
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    What about a pic? ;)
     
  14. gwjensen

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    Okay, a couple of quick ones... The Fiesta looks closer to Dakota, like a cross between Fiesta and Dakota, but I like it.

    vintera 1.jpg vintera 2.jpg
     
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  15. mimmo

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    Thank you, Sir.
    I shouldn't have asked: she is gorgeous (and very, very tempting..).
     
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