NGD - 60's Baja

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  1. gtrguy005

    gtrguy005 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Picked up a used one over the weekend. Got a great deal on it (less than $600). The guy I bought from also got it used, so I am at least the third owner of this guitar. It doesn't have a scratch or a ding on it, and there is no fret wear.

    It's a 2016 so it has nice and dark rosewood board. I know it's supposedly faded Sonic blue, but it looks closer to Oly white. I did a little cleaning and a changed the strings...plays great.

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    I didn't realize till I got it home that one of the previous owners upgraded the saddles and strap buttons. They look like Gotoh compensated. Are they in the right orientation?...they're reversible and the intonation is still a little off, especially on the low E.


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  2. NewKid

    NewKid Tele-Holic

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    Beautiful guitar at a great price! The saddle for the Low E and A strings are usually back further due to the heavier gauge.

    There are lots of good videos on YouTube on how to adjust a Tele’s intonation.

    Play it in good health!
     
  3. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Tele-Afflicted

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    Tell us your opinion of the pickups. I have a set of Baja pickups (twisted tele/Broadcaster) that I collected along the way, and I am thinking of putting them in my standard tele.
     
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    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    That's mustard! Congratulations.
     
  5. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Excellent choice. That's clearly a keeper, particularly with those upgrades. Enjoy.
     
  6. gtrguy005

    gtrguy005 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    As for the pickups...I haven't played it through an amp yet. Only through Garageband. I should get a good feeling for them next time I get together with my jamming partners.
     
  7. Mr. Syd

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    I got the same guitar (see my avatar), it's a great Tele for sure! I changed the pickguard a while ago to parch, which brings out the sonic blue a lot more. Looks cool both ways!
     
  8. sugarinthegourd

    sugarinthegourd Tele-Meister

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    They look like Gotoh In Tune saddles. But something is weird. The E/A saddle needs to be pulled back farther but even so, it looks like that saddle has D/G compensation which is odd as the other two appear correct. I don’t recall if maybe these saddles have compensated slots on the underside? If so maybe you can turn it upsidedown to get the E longer than the A as it should be. If not...either you need a new saddle, or my eyes are worse than I thought.
     
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  9. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Sweet looking axe! Congrats!
     
  10. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    IIRC They are not the same pickups. The Twisted/Broacaster combo was only in the 50s Baja.
     
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    Censport Tele-Holic

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    Stunning Tele for a great price! Well done, sir!
     
  12. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Pretty sure the bridge on a 60s is a 1958 copy, like Muddy Waters
     
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    Nice guitar, but something is indeed wrong with those saddles, they seem to be in the wrong order. I'm pretty sure they have slots on both sides. You need to put them like this: https://reverb.com/au/item/5089141-...otoh-intune-compensated-saddles-nickel-plated
     
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    American Vintage ‘58/52 stock. I have the guitar.
     
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    Me too, and it is my favourite of anything I ever played, at any price
     
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  16. gtrguy005

    gtrguy005 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Thanks for the info on the saddles. They are reversible so I could flip the A/E saddle. Maybe I'll put a capo on the first fret, loosen the A/E strings and turn that saddle upside down...it's got the groves on both sides.
     
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  17. Marc Morfei

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    Gotcha. Thanks. I forgot there were different versions of the Baja.
     
  18. idjster

    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    That is one sweet find! The Bajas are terrific guitars. Congratulations!
     
  19. RadioFM74

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    Baja 60s are super-wonderful teles. And the pickup combination is really hard to beat, no matter the price point. Yours looks great, too!
     
  20. sugarinthegourd

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    cool! Obviously you’ll need to turn the height adjustment screws around too, so the hex hole is at the top. Just make sure the E makes contact further back than the A. The e/B saddle goes the same way - it’s the middle saddle that goes the other way around, as the wound D needs to be shorter than the unwound G.
     
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