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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Baja Tele or Road Worn?

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 8th, 2018 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Please explain or describe the difference in sound between the Road Worn tele and the Baja Tele.

I’ve been listening to YouTube vids, I think I’m more confused.

I realize the different pups and switching.

I’m playing in our church band. We play traditional, bluesy, rock, modern Christian music.

Thanks for your help!

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Jul 8th, 2018 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

These Teles are both awesome and have very similar neck profiles. The S1 and 4 way switch on the Baja make that model pretty versatile. I have owned both and played them side by side and prefer the simpler 3 way on the Road Worn.

The road worn had a slightly more pronounced V shape (very slight) The tex mex pups in the road worn sound amazingly good, the Baja has a modern broadcaster pup in the bridge and a twisted tele in the neck and has a tad more output than the road worn. The road worn simulated neck wear is not very convincing at all and looks tacky, I sprayed a clear coat of nitro over mine because I detested the bare wood feel on the back of the neck.

I do not know if they are still doing them like that but it did not work for me so I sprayed it. Either of these would hold their own in a worship team environment but my suggestion would be for the Baja and the tonal versatility. Our worship team guitar players use full multi-effect processors and plug straight into the PA and in the 3 years I have served on TA I have yet to see anyone use a Tele.....

Ryder
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Jul 8th, 2018 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you frogman, I’m thinking versatile too.

I play a thinline Deluxe Tele now. It’s ok but sometimes I wish it had more “growl”, if u know what I mean.

Ryder
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Jul 8th, 2018 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Tele works great in this type of band. Actually, the worship leader wants me to play a Tele. I already was anyway.

Maybe just higher output (Baja) is what I need...as long as it still sounds like a telecaster!

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Jul 8th, 2018 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...as long as it still sounds like a telecaster!"

The Baja DEFINITELY sounds like a Telecaster. I think they are great guitars.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 8th, 2018 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you, I’m leaning towards the Baja.

Foggy1
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So, so you think you can tell?
Jul 8th, 2018 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

FWIW... I love my Baja Ryder.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 8th, 2018 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Now to choose which color! I like blonde and sunburst.

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Jul 8th, 2018 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

The neck and bridge in series and neck and bridge in series out of phase sounds on a Telecaster are very good and very usable. Point Baja.

The neck and bridge in parallel out of phase combo that it offers is a very weak, tinny sound that I've never found a use for.

I wish they'd just made the Baja with a 5-way switch to capture the five really good sounds instead of going with the S-1, but for some reason Fender never consulted me on that matter.

Ryder
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Jul 8th, 2018 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got that neck and bridge in series position on my Tele deluxe. I like it. I'm good with that setup even if the out of phase deal is weak sounding...I just won't use it. So I'm left with the 3 way plus 1.

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 04:54 PM, Jul 8th, 2018)

Ryder
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Jul 10th, 2018 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Made up my mind, ordering the sunburst Baja today!

Thanks for all of your help!

Should be here Friday.

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 02:58 PM, Jul 10th, 2018)

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