Baker experts.........

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  1. OldSchool

    OldSchool Senior Member

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    What are the differences between a Baker B1 and a Baker junior?

    Are they just cosmetic or are they sonic as well? Being that I never had the pleasure of seeing one up close the differences just look cosmetic ...........thankx

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  2. mude

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    The B1 is a carved top and the Jr. is a flat top. Not much difference sonically IMO (I have seen Gene say the same thing). That being said, it is hard to compare 2 guitars unless they are exactly the same in other respects (PUPs, frets, bridge, board, etc.). Even then, differences between particular pieces of wood may have more of a difference. Tough to tell.

    I used to think that the Jrs were some of the best bargains around.

    Evan.
     
  3. edgarallanpoe

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    Obviously, it depends on the guitar..but the main things are...

    1. Carved top vs Flat top
    2. Binding vs no binding
    3. Block/Crowns vs dot inlays
    4. AAAA vs AAA maple top

    Gene did make some tricked out Jrs but most of them adhere to the above differences. Also...I have never seen a Jr with an ebony board, but have seen a bunch of B1s with them.

    Edited to add that I agree with the above poster. The differences are mostly cosmetic. I have owned a few Jrs and they were uniformly excellent guitars, and every bit the players that my B1s are.
     
  4. OldSchool

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    Thanks both of you. I was looking for Bakers on Ebay when I saw this and was Horrified!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2384&item=7325924341&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW


    First off it seems pretty reasonable for a Baker.........but is Gene Baker in Bed with Ed!!? Say it isn't so? I actually wanted a Baker..........:(
     
  5. Ian Anderson

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    Thats not a real Baker.

    Sapele body, scarfed headstock, and a glazed doughnut finish. I bet it costs him less than $200 to have those made in asia!
     
  6. edgarallanpoe

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    Yup...thats an import. I believe that these are made in Korea. I have played a few, and while they may be decent entry level guitars...they are in no way, shape, or form, on the level of an original Baker.
     
  7. OldSchool

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    How did Gene Baker let Ed Roman use his name and reputation like that? :eek:
     
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    Let me clearify one thing, Gene is not in bed with Ed!!!! The BJ was our budjet model ala LP Junior. A lot of people said it was the best value guitar since it played and had the balls of a B1 but was about a third less in price. I preferd the ones with P-90s.
     
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    Gene didn't let ER use his name, Ed bought it during the liquidation auction when Baker went bandrupt. Really lame of ER, to be honest.
     
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    Unfortunately Baker guitars went out of business and Ed Roman purchased the Baker name in the ensuing auction.

    Gene still makes guitars under the Fine Tuned Instruments moniker...

    http://www.finetunedinstruments.com/
     
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    Thanks alot for that link! It must really suck to see someone Like Ed do that to something your worked so hard to accomplish. :mad: P.O.S.
     
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    "No orders are being accepted until new models have been developed"

    I thought he was up and running already.
     

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