I pulled the plastic off my new Tele and was really putting it through it’s paces a bit yesterday. I finished a few small setup issues and have it about where I want it. During the night, I compared my new American Professional II to my Baja, and I was surprised how different they sounded. Here are the spec differences: Neck: The Baja has vintage split shaft tuners, a soft V chunky neck, a maple board and medium jumbo frets. The APII has modern tuners, a fat C neck (a bit slimmer), a rosewood board and narrow tall frets. Body: The Baja has a lightweight ash body. The guitar is about 7.0 or 7.1 pounds total. The APII has a middleweight alder body. The guitar is about 7.75 pounds total. Pickups: The Baja has the custom shop designed Broadcaster bridge pickup and a twisted Tele neck. The APII has the V-Mod II pickups with the mixed alnico II and III magnets. I am going to ignore the pots, switching, and S1 options; these comparisons are only pickups with the volume and tone wide open. (BTW - the treble bleed circuit is really nice on the APII volume knob.) The sound. Aside from the pickups, I don’t subscribe that the neck or body materials have anything to do with the guitar sound – or at most very little to do with it. Pickups should be the largest factor. As a whole, here is what I hear: The Baja sounds bright, clear, and punchy. Dare I say crisp? The APII sounds warm, smooth, and creamy. I have seen the V-Mod II pickups listed as “slightly hot”, while the Broadcaster is more a vintage vibe. Neither sounds good or bad in comparison, neither is “better”. They are very different, each with its own voice. Is this difference just pickups, or am I also hearing that “it factor” of a “complete instrument” as well?