I’ve had the real pleasure over the past few months of spending a lot of time with the is Baja Telecaster in all it’s forms. Both are truly exceptional guitars and can proudly take their place as one of Fender’s happier inventions. But if you had to choose, which one would you go for?
These are my thoughts….
Which would I choose? The 1960s Baja is well built and has superbly balanced pickups. The S-1 switching is better voiced on this model than the 1950s and gives the guitar a wider range of usable out-of-phase tones. If you want a more modern tone and feel with more of a Strat flavour to the sound, you might prefer the 1960s. The blue finish on my model was also just gorgeous.
But the 1950s has a growl and a bite as good as any Tele I’ve played, the neck pickup is sublime and I loved that thicker neck. Yes the S-1 switching does not work as well but I’d go for the 1950s model, especially in that lovely Butterscotch. I thought it was essence of telecaster.
2 Bajas, 2 different visions. Frankly both are brilliant and if you are looking at one, give the other a go as well. Hell, buy both, you would not be disappointed.