Upgrade from a Baja?

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  1. tlsmack

    tlsmack Tele-Afflicted

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    Check out a strat "soft V" like Buddy Guy or a Jimmy Vaughn. Similar shape to the '50's Baja but noticeably slimmer. The '50's strat has the slim soft v also, and a maple board w/7.25 radius.

    I put my Baja neck on a very light (4lb 6oz.) 2 pc swamp ash body from Musikraft.
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    Come to think of it, the neck is the only original part, but it's still a Baja to me!
     
  2. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Find a used partscaster or Squier for under $150 and give it the relic work you think you want on the Baja. Don't worry how nice or rough it looks. Ease all the edges, including the fretboard. Good setup, maybe fret level (or at least check). Play that for a while. The Squiers will be lighter since the bodies are 1/4inch thinner. Wet sand all over with 800 on up to 1500 grit sandpaper. Perhaps some tung oil on it. Wet sand it again. This guitar will feel like you've played it for years and will quickly seem to fit you like a pair of year old blue jeans.
     
  3. Plan9

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    That's my other guitar - the neck is like butter. Medium jumbo frets might make it a little easier but it's great.

    I suppose I could stick one of those necks on the Baja and make it a telestrater (stelecaster?). There is a 50s lacquer tele, but no idea how they sound compared to the Baja. It's on the list if I can find one to try.
     
  4. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    Neck is greasy and melts in your hands? :p

     
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  5. PaisleyAddict

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    there ought to be a law against defacing bajas.
     
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  6. 10thoufirst

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    Yeah, but think about that relic finish! :)
     
  7. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    Then you can call me "outlaw", bub.

    Mines all surf green nitro with keystones and a 1" U shaped USACG neck with SS frets, now.

    :p
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  8. Telepi

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    Try a Road Worn Tele. Or maybe just the neck. The newer ones are aged nicely and not relic'd.

    I have a Road Worn neck on a 52 AV body. For me, it's the perfect combination.
     
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  9. PaisleyAddict

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    why'd you even bother buying it then if you were going to make a partscaster?
     
  10. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    I wore the neck out, dad! SHEESH!

    New necks are cheaper and better than refrets.

    I prefer keystones to the stock pickups.

    Surf green rules.

    I'm not selling so who cares?

    :)
     
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  11. Plan9

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    Wait, what parts did you keep?
     
  12. songtalk

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    The bridgeplate, the electronics, the body and I mean, really the neck is identical in "tone".

    I loved the original pickups. They were kinda the first tele set I really really loved.

    But coming here/curiosity got the best of me and I learned about bill lawrence and wilde keystones/microcoils.

    Bout the only single coil tone that makes any sense to me these days. Everything else sounds kinda warm and blanketed in comparison or too brittle in the high register.

    But it's still a BSB 50s baja at heart. With the S1 switch it still even does the Baja stuff!

    Love the half out of phase parallel tone!
     
  13. Plan9

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    Wow, so you did strip the body. I've heard horror stories. Did you find it difficult? And what do you think is the real secret to the Baja sound - the pickups, the body, or the neck? Sounds like it wouldn't be the pickups.
     
  14. Con-Tiki!

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    funny, i was going to suggest a highway1 body as well. the guitar i had was super-light.
    I've also had good luck with the Nashville bodies. with a guard on, you'll never know the extra rout is there.
    Both of those models use the vintage ashtray bridges, which is a bonus for me...
     
  15. songtalk

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    The pickups are definitely it's sound, which I dug a lot.

    I sanded the clear coat back a good bit and used that as the primer.
     
  16. PaisleyAddict

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    no its not. about all it has in common is an ash body, a few pieces of generic hardware, and an s-1 switch.
     
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    There's some guy in my area who buys new Bajas and Warmoth bodies and necks, then mixes and matches and sells them on Craigslist.
     
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    I don't care what you think either!:D

    I mean, I fundamentally agree with you on general principal and I'd never sell it as a "Baja Telecaster with a few mods".

    To me, it will always be MY Baja, because, aside from the pickups it's my Baja. (I legitimately wore the neck out and refretting a poly MIM wasn't in the cards...it doesnt cease to be what it is because it needed maintanance ). I can always throw the stock pickup set back in if I decide the world is upside down.

    Cheeeeeeeel.
     
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    Very nice colors songtalk! Love the look.
     
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  20. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

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    Don't think I could upgrade or even afford to upgrade from my Baja!!!

    It's my "go-to" and "stick-with" guitar for gigs.

    With the four way it covers all bases too.

    The neck fits me like a glove, the weight is fine, all I change on it is the pickguard colour sometimes.

    Oh, and the neck pickup died on me, so I slotted in a Lawrence Microcoil.

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