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Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar  2-Color Sunburst Maple Fingerboard

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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
 
4.6

(based on 63 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Recording (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Rock concerts (12)
  • Small venues (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (8)

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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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Not Bad

I sent this guitar back.
This review is on the Desert Sand BAJA Telecaster..The neck is very good on this guitar it felt smooth and Almost like American made Neck. The...Read complete review

I sent this guitar back.
This review is on the Desert Sand BAJA Telecaster..The neck is very good on this guitar it felt smooth and Almost like American made Neck. The body was what you would come to expect on a Mexican guitar nothing special IMO. I was hoping that the S-1 Switching would make the difference in buying this guitar, But I didn't really find it useful, It sounded okay but for the price save a few more bills and get the American Telecaster. Again this is only my review. I played this with the Fender Blues Jr amp for this review.
Neck was the best part of this guitar, Smooth playing neck good finish on it slighty tinted, The Ash Body was okay at best. I had to tweak the bridge before playing.
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5.0

As good as advertised

By Basement player

from Draper, UT

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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.

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      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!

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        5.0

        The cream of the tele's!

        By n/a

        from Maine

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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!

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          5.0

          The Perfect Vintage Style Tele

          By VG

          from The ATL

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          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!

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            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!

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            1.0

            I had this guitar 45 seconds and sent it back

            By KEITH

            from undisclosed

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            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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Tele. Just perfect.

              By Gitfiddle76

              from Detroit

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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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                5.0

                Excellent flexible tone guitar

                By Serendipity

                from Cambridge, UK.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

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

                  This is a very flexible Tele and in this way differs from most of the more expensive USA and Custom Shop offerings. The feel of the neck id very nice and it's easy to play very quickly. The PUPs and S1 switching provide nearly every worthwhile Fender tone out there. Unlike other reviewers on here I have to say that I particularly like the 4th PUP selection out of phase. It's great for hard rocking solos and you can get a 'Schenker-like' bite without a Crybaby! Don't make the mistake of thinking Teles are for Country and Soul players, this guitar rocks as well. I've played many guitars over the years and this is one of the very best for tone and playability. Hardware could be better though.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Tele at a bargin price.

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                  By Rick Rivets

                  from NYC NY

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

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

                    I have been looking for a tele that wouldn't break the band and I found it in the Baja Tele. I just love the soft V neck as it isn't a thin neck but something with a little heft behind it. The all black color is perfect for me as is the 4 way switching. You can get 6 different tones with the S-1 more then any tele I've had before. I wasn't keen on buying a Mexican made guitar but I took a chance and found a winner.This has more custom features then any other tele I can think of. The only change I would make is a satin neck rather the polyurethane finish but aside from that this guitar rocks.

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                    4.0

                    Great guitar , terrible packaging

                    By Ken

                    from Rochester NY

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      While the guitar is awesome . I was surprised to receive it undamaged !! I understand it was a open box that I was purchasing. The packaging was the worst I've seen in my life as far as receiving anything in the mail, UPS, fed ex etc. it was a box with a dozen or so wadded up pieces of brown paper and the guitar was wrapped in a think layer of foam sheeting . The taping of the exterior was also minimal at best . To the point that I was surprised when in fact that one piece of tape did in fact break, that the guitar did not slide out of the box !!! I will am apprehensive about buying another open box or scratch and dent in the future !!!!

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