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Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar   

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Custom Shop features at a modest price!

Custom Shop features at an incredible price!Through years of experience crafting exceptional guitars, Fender's Custom Shop luthiers compiled a "dream list" of design details and specs, and this customized '50s-style Telecaster guitar, designed by Master Builder Chris Fleming, is loaded with them! Features a soft V-shaped neck fitted with 21 medium jumbo frets, an ash body with a thin polyester finish, a Custom Vintage Broadcaster bridge pickup and a Custom Twisted Tele neck pickup with innovative S-1 four-way switching for incredible tonal variety, vintage-style 3-saddle strings-thru-body Tele bridge, knurled chrome knobs and "Custom Shop Designed" neckplate. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

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  • Body: Ash
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Soft "V" Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups: 1 Custom Shop "Twisted" Tele Single-Coil (Neck), 1 Custom Shop Broadcaster Single-Coil (Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching
  • 4-Position Blade Switch and 2-Position Push/Push S-1
  • S-1 Switch Up:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (In Parallel)
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup (Standard Tele)
  • Position 4. Neck and Bridge Pickups (In Series) (Fatter Tone Than Position 2. and More Output Than Position 1., 2., or 3.)
  • S-1 Switch Down:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (In Parallel)-Out of Phase
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup (Standard Tele)
  • Position 4. Neck and Bridge Pickups (In Series) Out of Phase
  • Bridge: Vintage Style 3-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Tele Bridge
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.625" (41.2 mm)
  • Unique Features: Soft "V" Shape Maple Neck,
  • Knurled Chrome Knobs,
  • "Custom Shop Designed" Neck Plate,
  • 4-Way + 2-Way S-1 Switching,
  • Custom Shop '69 Pickups

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FenderClassic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Recording (15)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Rock concerts (13)
  • Small venues (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Diamond, a little bit in the rough

Bought this online here at Musicians Friend. Been playing over 40 years. Owned and used lots of guitars. I play a bit of everything.

Let's talk tone. That's why...Read complete review

Bought this online here at Musicians Friend. Been playing over 40 years. Owned and used lots of guitars. I play a bit of everything.

Let's talk tone. That's why you buy, is it not? In the realm of tone and sound, this baby is just plain awesome. I am mainly a 'tele guy', so I know my telecasters - from Mexican to Custom Shop. So let me tell you, the tone on this Baja Tele is BETTER than the standard design tele by far, in every possible pickup setting. Taking it a step further, the tone on this is as good or better than any of the half dozen Custom Shop tele's I've owned / played.

The Neck Pickup is incredible. Twisted Tele they call it. I call it 'the best neck pickup I've ever had on a tele'. It snarls, spanks, or soothes depending on your amp setting and how you attack it. The Bridge pickup is addictive as well -- and it's my favorite Tele bridge pickup ever. And the four (4) settings that combine the two pickups are mostly to die for (except the out of phase series setting -- not my cup of tea.) To me, this guitar tone gives you the best of Tele sounds AND Strat-like sounds. And it also gives you one setting where the two pickups combine to mimic hum bucker intensity, sounding sort of les paul-ish. I will note for you, that the output / volume of this guitar is less than a standard Telecaster. I will also note that you may need to turn your 'presence' control down a good bit on the amp.

How does she play? Love the middle-of-the-road neck. Fast and not too thick or too thin either. A great neck sort of becomes invisible to you when you play. That is, you never notice the neck being too this or not enough that. This neck is right in that magic middle for me where it feels like home immediately.

Now, a reluctant note on some of the hardware. (remember: I am a Tele guy, and I am set in my ways on what I consider good hardware). The bridge saddles, and the bridge plate itself were both replaced with Glendale parts - - the best Tele replacement stuff out there, used by Billy Gibbons for example. This made a CLEAR difference in the clarity of the tone, and added a tad of sustain. I also replaced the tuners as the stock ones were the worst I've ever seen on any fender, ever. I bought Gotoh staggered-post (also from Glendale) ones so I can completely avoid needing a string tree. All these things brought the quality of this instrument up to somewhere between American made Tele and Custom Shop tele. It's virtually perfect now -- having invested like $150 and 45 minutes screwing on/in the new bits.

So why would I give this 5 stars? Because of the tone. Yes, I had to do a little hardware work, but I am persnickety and even with the improved hardware, the price of this guitar is a steal. So as my favorite Telecaster, this earns 5 full stars.

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Nice guitar, but very bright

Got mine online based on the rave reviews. Seemed to be very well made Mine had a nice lightweight body making it a guitar you could play all night long. If you love vintage...Read complete review

Got mine online based on the rave reviews. Seemed to be very well made Mine had a nice lightweight body making it a guitar you could play all night long. If you love vintage feeling / sounding tele's, this will be a good choice for you. The V neck, I personally couldn't bond with it right from the start and found it too large for my hands. I also didn't like the vintage radius of the fingerboard, found it to be just too round feeling for me, but it may suit your hands. My baja was very bright/harsh trebly, low output and thin sounding too not sure if that's pick ups or the wood but I didn't like its sound. Sent it back and got a new American telecaster instead, as I prefer a modern feeling tele with a 6 saddle bridge and love the body cut and the feel of the new modern C shaped satin backed necks in the new teles. The American tele sounded a lot thicker, fuller, faster playing, looked better and it came with a nice case for just over a couple hundred more. The Baja is a lovely guitar and it may be just what you are looking for though.

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3.0

Nice guitar, but very bright

By countryrocker

from London UK

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      Got mine online based on the rave reviews. Seemed to be very well made Mine had a nice lightweight body making it a guitar you could play all night long. If you love vintage feeling / sounding tele's, this will be a good choice for you. The V neck, I personally couldn't bond with it right from the start and found it too large for my hands. I also didn't like the vintage radius of the fingerboard, found it to be just too round feeling for me, but it may suit your hands. My baja was very bright/harsh trebly, low output and thin sounding too not sure if that's pick ups or the wood but I didn't like its sound. Sent it back and got a new American telecaster instead, as I prefer a modern feeling tele with a 6 saddle bridge and love the body cut and the feel of the new modern C shaped satin backed necks in the new teles. The American tele sounded a lot thicker, fuller, faster playing, looked better and it came with a nice case for just over a couple hundred more. The Baja is a lovely guitar and it may be just what you are looking for though.

       
      4.0

      Baja Telecaster

      By None

      from Prefer not to provide.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        The Baja Telecaster has a very versatile set of tones. The fourth position of the selector switch is a very interesting option and provides the capability to use the guitar to play funky blues or other blues/country options. Still provides all the "twang" necessary to play country.

         
        5.0

        Yes I already have

        By Lobo

        from Temecula ca

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I like the feel of this Neck and Frets

             
            5.0

            As good as advertised

            By Basement player

            from Draper, UT

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                Other reviewers comment about the neck were what led me to buy this without ever playing. If the guitar didn't live up to the hype, I'd send it back and get the American Elite. But, this guitar is as good or better than advertised.

                 
                5.0

                Top Quality Excellent Buy

                By n/a

                from Maine

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                  I have owned 6 Telecasters in my lifetime, this is the best of all of them in every category. Great set-up out of the box and great tonal variations. Don't let MIM fool you. This is as good or better than American made. Buy this guitar and you'll be playing it the rest of your life!

                   
                  5.0

                  The cream of the tele's!

                  By n/a

                  from Maine

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                    Get this guitar if it's the last one you ever get! I'm a country & rock player and own a lot of guitars. This is now number 1 in my stable. Great tele sounds plus other unique combinations. I like the S-1 switching a lot. Kind of sounds like compressed hollow sounds. Adds to the unique tele bends you get. This is my 5th Telecaster (lifetime) not counting my G&L tele that I really like and play a lot. I have owned 3 Americans and 1 Mexican before this one. There's nothing Mexican sounding about this guitar in spite of where it was made. My other Mexican tele can't compete in any way with the sound of this one. My first tele was a used 1959 with a factory Bigsby I bought in 1973 cheaply, and sold in 1974 for that same amount after purchasing a Thinline with humbuckers and factory Bigbsy. Only reason I would like to still own that 59' tele is the fact I could get a huge price (vintage) for it today! Who would have known that in 1974? This baja tele has got a much better sound than that 1959 had which I played over 150 gigs with back then. I got this heavily discounted with my loyalty points and military discount. What a great guitar out of the box both electronically and aesthetically. Set-up was perfect and it stays in tune exceptionally well. Don't hesitate on this one as they may not be around long at these great prices!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Perfect Vintage Style Tele

                    By VG

                    from The ATL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Incredible Neck Shape
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                      I don't know what I could say about this axe that hasn't already been said. If you're a vintage style Tele lover, you're doing yourself a disservice to not pick this up. Butterscotch, vintage tuners (which I prefer), tasty pickups, S1 switching in addition to the hot 4th position (which is actually useful if you want to get some funk rhythms going)....

                      The kicker is that this is the most perfect neck of any Telecaster I've ever played. Don't be afraid when you read about the full neck on this guitar. It has a soft V that feels just plain right. Coupled with the 9.5 radius and medium jumbo frets, it's a dream setup. I have large hands (not gorilla large, just man hands) and didn't understand why my fretting hand would cramp when playing long sets on my other Tele. With this neck, problem solved!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Quintessential Vintage Styled Telecaster for Modern Players

                      By VG

                      from The ATL

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                      Other than the flimsy pick guard, this axe is all a Tele player could ever want! I'll try not to rehash all the other reviews but to me, the neck shape and radius are heavenly. The pickups are sweet as can be singly, or combined in positions 2 and 4. I'm not a fan of the sounds provided by the S1 switch, but they may come in useful one day. Who knows?

                      Considering I got this deeply discounted as a level 2 blemished (and still can't find the blemish), I have to give it five stars. Thanks, Musicians Friend!

                      (1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      I had this guitar 45 seconds and sent it back

                      By KEITH

                      from undisclosed

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                        I will request MF inspect any instrument that is MIM seriously

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect Tele. Just perfect.

                        By Gitfiddle76

                        from Detroit

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Attention to detail
                        • Classic Tele Tones
                        • Fit and finish
                        • Perfect fat neck
                        • Set Up Perfectly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Recording

                          Comments about Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                          This is a top notch Tele. The hardware. The specs. The playability. The tones. Pure Tele. The neck is just perfect. It's a chubby neck which real Tele players love! If you don't like a fat neck you have no business owning a telecaster. Side by side against the American Standard this ones wins! It plays perfectly. Sounds amazing and is less expensive. You can spend a load of money and still end up with a garbage guitar but this one checks all the boxes. Classic Tele tones. Plus the four way switch adds even more tonal variation. I love the additional tone options. The fit and finish is right up there with any American made guitar Fender or otherwise. To put in perspective I own American PRS's strats Tele's. I just can't believe this was put together in Mexico. I've been thinking about buying this guitar for quite some time and it lived up to my expectations. And I am picky about my guitars. This thing is everything you could ever want out of a telecaster. Wow. Thank you Fender! This is the one.

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