What's the scoop on Baja necks?

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  1. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Premium Member

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    They seem to generate a lot of conversation.
    How much do they really differ from the modern C 9.5 I'm used to?
     
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    James R Premium Member

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    I can't speak for the difference between the modern C 9.5" neck you're used to, as I don't pay a whole bunch of attention to what Fender calls their neck profiles. They seem a bit all over the place to my uneducated eyes/hands.
    I honestly couldn't tell by feel of it is a C,D,U...modern/vintage/soft...whatever.

    What I can say with no uncertainty is that out of 7 or 8 Fenders that I own, the only one I would attempt to remove and hit a home run with would be the baja.
    It's a monster of a neck, and has a smaller radius of (I believe) 7.5".
    It's the most comfortable Fender neck I've ever had an opportunity to play on. I have smallish hands but enjoy a fat necked guitar (2 out of my 3 Gibsons have a '50s neck and they get played far more often than the one with the '60s neck).

    So, I guess it all depends on your preferences, I just read a thread yesterday where a member was saying that the neck is too thick and he wants to change it out for something he's more used to. I think this is a case where you just have to go and lay your hands on one and see if it suits your playing.
     
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    lunchmeat Senior Member

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    Soft "V" and 9.5" Radius
     
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    One-piece Maple with skunk stripe. Soft V, 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets.. As far as I know, it's the only way to get a neck of this spec. For me it's the best Tele neck I've played.
     
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    Soft V, 9.5, medium jumbo I understand.
    Thanks
     
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    I stand corrected.
    It's pretty bad that I don't even know the neck radius. :laugh2:
    Like I said though, I pay less attention to the specs than what I probably should, I just know if it works for me or not.
    Sorry for the misinformation Pop.
     
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    Sounds like pretty good information to me!
    Thanks
     
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    colchar Banned

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    No, both the '50s (maple fretboard) and '60s (rosewood fretboard) Bajas have a 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets.
     
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    The Baja neck is wonderful. You'll notice more chunk protruding from the center of the neck, especially towards the nut where your basic chords are played. I have medium sized hands and it's really comfortable for me. I like modern C as well, but the soft V really seems to fill the hand nicely. With thinner necks I feel I'm pinching the neck with the end of my thumb and fingers, but the Baja gives me something to anchor my palm on.
     
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    A very nice comfortable neck, if you like chunky ones

    I love the neck on my Baja Tele.

    Put it this way, I likes the necks on my MIM Std Teles, but last night I gigged with the Baja and an MIM Std as a spare.

    Broke a string three songs short of the end of the 1st set, and used the MIM.

    Going back to the Baja for the 2nd set was like coming home again.

    Not all folk get on with,em though, best to try before you buy. Some folk like chunky necks, some folk don't
     
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    they are quite a bit thicker than a standard neck.i have a Baja and im thinking about swapping the neck with a standard.thats just me though.if you like 50's les paul necks than you will like the Baja.
     
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    I miss my old Baja Tele.:(
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    Out of the 4 Teles I've owned, it was far and away the best.

    I'm not sure if it's true or not, but I've read that the ones with the rosewood boards are much thinner than the one piece maple necks.
     
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    What James R said.
     
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    I don't like the chunky Baja neck. Prefer a thinner C shape. It's really a personal choice.
     
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    I know this is an old thread, but I have this pic. I'll add it for anyone who's ever searching:

    The line-spacing is one-inch.
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