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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / NGD Baja Tele

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stratcowboy
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Jul 15th, 2018 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

They use a four position pickup switch--which allows bridge and neck to be used in both parallel and series modes. It also has the S-1 switching built into one of the control knobs.

The pickups are a Fender Broadcaster bridge pup and a Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele neck pup. They sound great.

Leftee
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Jul 15th, 2018 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I may have a Tele addiction forming.

Leftee
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Jul 15th, 2018 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Or...

I wonder if I might want to put a set of these in my new Nashville build?

From the descriptions I read, these might be mighty nice in that guitar.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 15th, 2018 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am real happy with mine!

Took it to church today and it did great! Played slide on a couple of songs, it sounded very nice.

I’m already liking it more than my Deluxe thinline.

And the twang is there when you need it!

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 03:35 PM, Jul 15th, 2018)

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Aug 11th, 2018 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ll say one more thing about this Baja.

I could play all the time with this Broadcaster bridge pup!

Wonderful!

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is gonna get et
Aug 11th, 2018 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know the differences between pickups can be subtle, and it depends on what amp you use, but every Broadcaster and Nocaster bridge pickup I've played is fantastic. They can twang and they can punch.

Once you learn to tweak the volume and tone knobs on the guitar, it unlocks all the tones you'll ever need for 99% of stuff you play.

Ryder
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Aug 11th, 2018 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

“Once you learn to tweak the volume and tone knobs on the guitar, it unlocks all the tones you'll ever need for 99% of stuff you play.”

Learning sounds so sweet.

ozarkmac

Missouri Ozarks

Sep 25th, 2018 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

How are the Baja's for blues? Which one, the 50's or 60's?

Anyone have a comparison?

Achase4u
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Sep 25th, 2018 07:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Baja is absolutely one of the best if not the best Fender makes now. Most are good, too. The soft V neck shape is amazing on that thing. Great colors, great sounds. If I were to buy a Fender Tele it would be that one without a doubt.

Achase4u
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Sep 25th, 2018 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I know the differences between pickups can be subtle, and it depends on what amp you use, but every Broadcaster and Nocaster bridge pickup I've played is fantastic. They can twang and they can punch."

Those slightly hotter alnico 3 winds are a match made in heaven on a Telecaster. I know a guy who sells more of those than any other pickup he offers.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Sep 27th, 2018 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play several different types of music and the Baja is my number one! Blues machine!

Mikey_D
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Oct 13th, 2018 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

LOVE LOVE LOVE my Baja. I've had a few CS Nocasters, '52 RI, 50's classics, etc. and the Baja is the keeper. Can't find a better value for the money. Thinking of buying a 2nd one to use a project. The neck on these is spectacular. Its my #1.

Achase4u
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Oct 13th, 2018 09:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

The neck is so so good. The one I played bested my Thin Skin 52 in many ways. Neck being one obvious one, and butterscotch color the other. That 52 was velveeta puke yellow. Echk.

Ryder
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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Oct 14th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve also got a Tele Deluxe thinline with VNs. Not liking these pups much at all. Compared to the Baja it sounds like mud!

Thinking about installing the broadcaster/nocaster pups in it.

lox

Columbus, Ohio

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Dec 13th, 2018 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well I used to have a Baja which I sold to a friend even though it was a fairly light one, about 7.5 lbs. It also had some decent flame on the neck. But then I got a good deal on a Nocaster so I sold the Baja. Then I bought an early Road Worn that had a 4 way switch and Twang King pups. Then I built my own partscaster (Nocaster version with a super fat neck). Then I sold the Nocaster at no loss. Just picked up another used Baja that only weighs 6.8 lbs. So it is a 2017-18 version. The early Bajas weighed a lot, usually 8- 8.5 pounds, so it seems I have been lucky on weight with the two I have had. My Road Worn is around 7 lbs as well. If a guitar is over 7.5 I won't consider it, since I have a 1981 tele that is 9 pounds! Lots of sustain supposedly.
I just switched out the pickguard on the Baja, putting a cream colored 5 hole on in place of the black one. Just for a little variety. I'll see how I like it. I really like the neck of the Baja. Now I wish it was nitro, but there are times when the poly makes a guitar play better, such as in hot and humid weather. So, we'll see how long I hang on to this one, haha!

(This message was last edited by lox at 09:49 PM, Dec 13th, 2018)

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Jan 2nd, 2019 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well after having the Baja for a while, I now remember why I sold my previous one. I don't like the pickups. I like a 4 way switch but don't like the S-1 function. I know, I know, just don't use it, but I still don't care for the tone on these pups even without the s-1 engaged. I am used to Nocaster pups and I have a Road Worn with a 4 way switch and Dimarzio Twang Kings and both of those guitars sound much better to me. So I am thinking I many need to switch out the pups because the neck on the Baja is great and this is a light one (6.8 lbs) so it may be a keeper other than the pups. Also, I wonder if I should just install a standard 4 way switch as well.
Or instead of a 4 way should I put a mini- humbucker in the neck and just use a 3 way switch? Decisions, decisions!

Alderandash

QLD Australia

Jan 10th, 2019 12:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey lox,

Don't throw that axe out.

I have one and like others here I think it's possibly the best Fender value out there.

I was a bit disappointed with the saddles so decided to replace the bridge with a Wilkinson compensated item.

The saddles are much better but the unexpected bonus is the output level I'm now getting from the bridge pup. I've had to drop the bridge pup down around 1/32" to balance the neck and bridge output and the overall tone has come way up in my estimation.

Just saying, YMMV





Achase4u
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Jan 15th, 2019 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yea man, pickups are so easy to change. If I find a guitar with a great neck like the Baja, and it's light on top of that, I would swap pups in a heartbeat.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Jan 30th, 2019 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Baja Tele is completely stock and its a fabulous instrument.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 31st, 2019 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Same here 5. I wish mine was a bit lighter in weight but that’s the only thing. And, I can and will live with it. 7.6 lbs.
Not terrible.

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 11:33 PM, Feb 5th, 2019)

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