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Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar Blonde  (Open Box)
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Product# 512765
OVERVIEW

Custom Shop features at a modest price!

With their years of building experience, Fender's Custom Shop craftsmen created a "dream list" of specs, and this customized '50s-style Telecaster guitar—designed by Master Builder Chris Fleming—has it all!

Special features include a soft V-shaped neck 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 four-way switching, knurled chrome knobs and "Custom Shop Designed" neckplate.

Includes a gig bag.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Body: Ash
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Soft "V" Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius (241mm)
  • 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" (648mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.625" (41.2mm)
  • Strings: Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
  • Includes a gig bag

Ay, caramba, what a sweet deal! Order today.

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FenderClassic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (10)
    • Practicing (9)
    • Recording (7)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Extremely Versatile Tele

    By Dante1963

    from St. Louis

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This is my second guitar in the Classic Player line, and I love them both. The first was the Classic Players '50's Strat, and now this Classic Player Baja Tele.

        Like the Strat, it has a great neck, with a soft V shape that I find much preferable to the more common C Shape necks.

        The quality of the instrument is first rate. Nice, smooth fretwork, perfect finish,(I got the blonde, and it's a lovely butterscotch with a hint of grain showing through) and a decent, if not perfect initial set up. The .10's seem perfectly paired with this guitar.

        But the biggest pro to this model Tele is the intrument's extreme versatility. I don't think I've ever played an instrument with such a broad tonal range. You get the normal Tele options in the first three positions, (with great-sounding pickups, by the way) but then you also get a fourth posistion that gives you a really nice, almost humbucker sound. I really like this position myself. This alone gives you four great settings. (And playing with the Volume and Tone knobs increases the range exponentially, from glassy to biting, to gnarly.)

        As for the S1 Switch...

        So far, I've found that I don't particulary care for the two additional combinations engaging the S1 switch provides. I find them a bit harsh, myself. But that's just me, your mileage may vary.

        To sum up, I'm really pleased with the quality of the Classic Player line, and am a bit surprised that Fender isn't charging $1000+ for these models. Definitley the best mid-priced Fenders I've found so far.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great guitar

        By SteveBW

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Cheap Pick Guard

        Best Uses

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

          Great guitar, love the feel of the V neck, did not like the cheap pick guard it comes with, several unsightly gaps, so replaced with a higher quality one, was nervous about drilling a couple more screw holes but was no problem, big improvement in appearance, love it even more now.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING!

          By Pauly D

          from Union County New Jersey

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

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

            This is my second Tele and I'm in Love!!! The Neck is perfectly thick, my hand doesn't cramp up ever, "like with the thin necks" The 4 way pick up selector sounds great on the Neck and Bridge Pickups In Series, It's a nice full humbucker sound, gives me all the versatility I need being in a cover band! I can't put it down! Thanks guys

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Tele

            By VARacing123

            from No VA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Could Have Nicer Gig Bag

            Best Uses

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

              Body: I prefer ash vs. alder, so that was a factor in choosing this model over some other Teles. The specific guitar I received has a chimey bright tone when played acoustically (not plugged in) and is very resonant. I wanted a bright Tele, so this body ended up fitting the bill. Naturally, preferences will vary. I'm almost 100% sure that the body I got is a single piece of wood because I don't see any break in the grain even over cuts and corners. Comparing the Baja Tele to an American Deluxe Tele, I clearly see where the three pieces of ash were glued together to form the Deluxe body. You don't see that on my Baja (veneer?). It's medium weight; not too light, not too heavy. I have the butterscotch finish, and the grain pokes through, which I like.

              Neck: Chunky with comfortable "V." Thought I wouldn't like this because my hands are slightly smaller, but I love it. Very comfortable and the heft makes for nice leverage when bending or just playing chords. The frets were also a concern. I've played MIM Teles with horrible fret work; sharp enough to cut your fingers. The Baja is completely different; very nice fret work. This neck is equal to any Amer. Tele. neck.

              Pickups: Overall, on the bright side. To me, the Baja is what a Tele should sound like (but I don't play country, so maybe take with grain of salt). Mixture of sweet, twang, and chime. Side-by-side with an American Deluxe Tele with Noiseless N3, the Noiseless pickups were darker. The Baja pickups were more flexible in that dialing back the tone or volume gets same N3 Noiseless tone; tone back at 10 is bright. Both pickups in parallel (std. tele) is that sweet Tele sound. Perfect for Rhythm. Full and defined, but not dark (unless you dial back). The bridge alone is twangy, can be "ice pick," but doesn't have to be: depends on amp settings & playing style. Bridge is clear and meaty with dirt. The neck is a rich bell tone, not dark, but you can dial that in with the tone knob if you want it. The #4 position (both in series) is a decent imitation of humbuckers in middle position, nice with dirt. The S1 switching is not particularly useful. I find regular #2 or #3 position better for funk rhythm and R&B stuff vs. the S1 options.

              Pleased overall. Also, purchased as a "blemished" guitar (can't find the blemish) so happy with the price.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              HOT NASHVILLE TONE

              By Bogey

              from Bend, OR

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Small Venues

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

                I bought this telecaster for the tone. The barrels on the bridge should be replaced otherwise you'll get very frustrated getting the intonation right. I also changed the pick guard because it didn't fit tightly. I took my guitar to my local luthier and after he replaced the barrels, pick guard and heavier strings. The tone that I have been searching for was right there and solid intonation. I also own the Deluxe Telecaster Cherry finish with maple neck and S1 switch. Save yourself hundreds by applying these changes to the Tele Baja. I have two beautiful Telecasters with S1 switching and each with it's own unique tone.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Feels like an American Tele!

                By Lizard

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                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:

                  This tele just blew me away. By far the most impressive MIM instrument I've ever played. The S1 switch is inspiring. The sounds are elating. The feel is like a baseball bat... feels great to me and I'm not a tele guy, but I love a variety of guitars and string gauges.

                  I find it fits right along my $2000 guitars. I can't believe what a magnificent find this is, and how well it's worked out for me. If it wasn't, I wouldn't say anything, would have gotten rid of it, modded it or said something bad. Instead I love it -- play it all the time. I have had a variety of guitars. Everything you can imagine. Pro Tones, Japanese, Custom Shop, Les Paul, Strats -- countless strats, a few tele's, epi casino, SG, and this guitar sits right up there at the top of the heap. Now, maybe I just got a good one? That's entirely possible. But mine is absolutely incredible with fast action, .10 strings, and great tone. I have done a ton of modding with most of my guitars -- this one doesn't need anything. I will work with anything but it sounds best with country. It inspires that country sounds and I'm a rock player. Can't tell you how much I adore this amazing guitar. Again, maybe I just got the cream of the crop, but I'm very happy.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great sound before the amp!

                  By Wm.

                  from Hudson, MI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    The sound of individual notes played during chording is better than any of the 30 plus guitars I have played except the Fender classic series 72 deluxe. They both are very impressive. Better than the American Special HH and American Standard that I owned.
                    Wm.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    After one month, one of my favorites

                    By BassMan1957

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Neck
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Great Tone Flexibility
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Kinda Shiny Looking

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

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

                    This is a great choice for most players, especially those with big hands like myself. This has a soft-V "baseball bat" neck that is thicker than most other Teles and it feels the best to me. The 4-way switching adds a lot of tone flexibility that you just don't get with the standard electronics. The out of phase settings, especially in parallel, add a new flavor. Good sounding pickups here, especially the Broadcaster bridge unit. The Twisted Tele neck pickup I will likely switch out for a Duncan Antiquity to get more vintage twang, but most will probably like it as it is. The bridge is old school without individually adjustable string saddles but it looks great. Picky players might want to put compensated bridge saddles on to tweak intonation for the higher register but for most it will not matter. This guitar is a great value with solid workmanship all around. Plenty of classic vibe here, but is the high gloss poly a little too shiny for that concept? A satin finish would make it just perfect IMHO but it is not offered.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Super Flexy

                    By Fred

                    from Kansas

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Static

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

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

                    Great guitar and it has a neck like a Louisville Slugger. I like the 4 position switch, although I don't engage the S-1 phase switching often. I like the parallel 1st position for thick boosted sound.

                    My only complaint is the pick guard. It holds static like nothing I've ever seen. I have taken it off for the time being until the dry winter weather passes. If I continue to have trouble I will add shielding or perhaps get a different pick guard.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Custom shop quality for the masses

                    By Paulitik

                    from Washington DC

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Extremely versatile guitar. Fantastic tone and possibly the best neck I've ever played on an electric. I got the black on black one when they first became available in the states. Sounds great no matter your style of music.

                    I adore this guitar, I was almost bought the American Special, and my local shop sold me on the Baja after much skepticism about buying a Mexican Fender. I'm thrilled with it. Better craftsmanship for less than the American Special (or even some Standards) I played, and better electronics.

                    A total steal for the money.

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