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KJA
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Apr 24th, 2017 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi all, I don't really post much but I try to read up from time to time. A lot of good people and talent here. Can I get some opinions on the Classic 60s telecaster and the Classic Player 60s Baja? They both appeal to me and I keep going back and forth on which one I want to get. I would love to get both but not happening now. I like the simplicity of the classic 60s and the 7.25 neck but I also like the switching and the faded sonic blue of the Baja 60s. I plan on making my purchase in the fall so I will be agonizing over this decision for awhile. At least I have narrowed my list down to these two.

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Apr 25th, 2017 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They are both great guitars; one is not necessarily better than the other.

Here's how I see them:

If you're into the "vintagey" thing (whatever that means to you), go with the Classic 60s. It does everything a Tele is supposed to do: no frills and a rock-solid, dependable guitar.

If you're the adventurous type and are not stuck in the 'traditional' mindset, follow your heart and get the Baja. Yeah, it looks and feels like a Telecaster, but it's got some cool tones.

How a guitar *looks* to most players is very important too. So color is a consideration.

Try to play both models in a shop, side by side. One will convince you that it is the one for you.

KJA
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Apr 25th, 2017 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo, for the input. I definitely keep leaning towards the vintage aspect and simplicity. I have the desire to explore the telecaster without the extra bells and whistles and with the different tone of a rosewood fingerboard. At the moment, the Baja 60s is like a distraction. It keeps popping up but I think it might be something that I want to pursue later on. That sonic blue though is a great color.

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May 12th, 2017 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I share your agony. I like the neck shape of the 60s Classic, but not so much the 7.25" radius...especially with the vintage fret wire. Point Baja...I like the 9.5"'radius much better, especially with the larger frets. Another point, Baja. And, I, too, like the sonic blue...another point, Baja. But I'd like it better...and would probably already have one if they shared the same chunky neck as the Baja 50s.

KJA
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May 14th, 2017 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

guitargeezer, I just noticed your post. I kind of like the 7.25 radius and the vintage frets. I seem to be able to switch between the 7.25 and 9.5 without much adjustment. I think I am eventually going to get both just so I can have the features of each guitar. The classic 60s will definitely be the first one. I have enough modern guitars right now and I want something more vintage. Both guitars are such great values for the money though.

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May 15th, 2017 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The butterscotch/blackguard version on the Baja Tele is very traditional looking. I really like mine.

I prefer medium jumbo frets and a 9.5" radius on Teles and Strats.

KJA
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May 15th, 2017 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

5strats, when I see those butterscotch teles I think of Roy Buchanan. That butterscotch Baja would be a nice one to add to the collection.

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May 16th, 2017 03:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

KJA... I've got one of those Butterscotch Baja Tele's. FWIW it sounds better than both of my Strats. Did a comparison last night with all three just plugged strait into my blues jr. No pedals.

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May 16th, 2017 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

KJA - Those Teles are super twangy sounding.

What Roy Buchanan album had a shot of a 50's butterscotch Tele laying on a table in a bar next to a beer? I have this on vinyl in a box somewhere.

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May 16th, 2017 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like...

Loading Zone

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May 16th, 2017 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Bopper, that's the one.

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May 17th, 2017 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excuse my ignorance but, are these Classic 60's 'Series'?

KJA
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May 18th, 2017 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Loading Zone is a great album. Malcom, the two telecasters I am looking at one is a classic 60s telecaster which is part of the classic series, the other is the classic player baja 60s telecaster which is designed by one of the Fender custom shop master builders. Both great guitars. The butterscotch telecaster is also a baja telecaster, designed by the same master builder I think but its a 50s style telecaster. Another great guitar.
Foggy, I love the sound of both the strat and the tele. Right now, I am enjoying the teles more.

KJA
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Jul 2nd, 2017 07:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I ended up ordering the Classic 60s telecaster in Olympic white from Sweetwater yesterday. This was after buying the Classic Player 60s Stratocaster last month. Looking forward to playing it when it arrives this week. I think I am done with guitars for awhile now. I noticed that the Classic 60s telecaster was no longer on the Fender website. I wonder if it is being discontinued.

Malcolm
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Jul 3rd, 2017 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I think I am done with guitars for awhile now."

Famous last words.....

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Jul 3rd, 2017 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good choice. If you eventually decide you'd like some of the extra tones the Baja offers, I'd rewire the Classic '60s rather than get another guitar.

IMO, the really cool sounds on a Telecaster are the standard three plus N+B in series, and N+B in series out of phase. (I find neck and bridge in parallel out of phase to be too weak and thin to be of much use.) You can get those five sounds with a 3-way switch and two push-pulls, a 4-way switch and one push-pull, or just a 5-way Superswitch. They all work.

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Jul 10th, 2017 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

KJA... How do you like the classic series 60s Tele?



KJA
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Jul 16th, 2017 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Foggy1, The 60s tele is great! I love the sound of the pickups and the feel of the neck. I have only had a couple of chances to play it so far but I plan on playing it some more this week. I am glad I picked this one. Straightforward telecaster with no extra bells and whistles. Exactly what I was looking for.

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Jul 16th, 2017 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the update. I've been playing my Baja 50s a lot and love it. It's currently my fav. I really love my classic player 50s strat too. Was wondering what the 60s series would be like.

THX.

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Jul 30th, 2017 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe 60's Telecasters have a unique sound and feel...
Butt! Like all of us, there is ALWAYS, a chance for NEW Love❤️... Too many fish in the sea!
Sometimes I feel like such a whore...

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