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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
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  • 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 70 reviews)

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97%

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Pros

  • Good feel (26)
  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good tone (24)
  • Good pick up (22)
  • Solid electronics (21)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Jamming (20)
  • Recording (18)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Rock concerts (15)
  • Small venues (15)
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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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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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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Diamond, a little bit in the rough

By rustydusty

from canyon lake, tx

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

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.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Baja Telecaster

By Chiselfinger

from Alabama

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

WHOA! I've been playing professionally since 1964, and have owned just about every guitar worth having, including L series strats, very early teles, and too many Gibsons to try and remember. I've played with several big name stars, and still play locally. This telecaster is on par with any of the best tele I've ever played, and it's hard to believe you can buy it for $800. It looks exactly like an original '52 and leaves nothing to be desired in tone and playability. I have never written a review before and probably never will again. If you are a tele picker, buy it before they up the price. A guitar of this quality won't stay cheap long.

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Player Baja Telecaster

By Matt Jaggars

from USofA

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

Over all, I've got a great tele. It sounds just as good or better then my more expensive teles, and it's got the best neck that I've ever played on a guitar. To me, the S-1 switch was a HUGE disappointment, but in the end, I've got a super nice blonde/black guard tele that plays like a dream.
The S-1 switch is a neat feature, but I personally don't see much use for it. I removed it and rewired it to standard tele format, but with a 4 way switch. I do like the 4 way switch and I think that all teles would benefit from it. When you get down to it, you only need three positions, but the 4 way does increase versatility of the guitar. I find myself using all 4 positions regularly. So that parts a keeper. S-1 had to go though.

At first I didn't like the pickups in this tele. They were dark and muddy sounding, which I found to be odd from a tele made of ash and maple. However, once I removed the S-1 switch, and wired it up normally, the pick ups seem to have come alive. They are very open and clear and crisp. They sound like high end boutique pups now. I'm assuming that the S-1 switch had some sort of capacitor value in it that wasn't agreeing with the pups. I don't know, but whatever it was, I didn't care for it. If you get this guitar, and find yourself not liking the pups, consider ditching the S-1. Because these are some really nice sounding pickups.
The guitar is well built. I can't find a single flaw in it. The finish is nice and all components seem to be of good quality and well put together. I would pesonally like to have seen a more transparent blonde color, but you can see some faint traces of wood grain through the finish, as you should. I replace all the nuts on my guitars (which are all fenders) with bone. The "synthetic bone" that fender uses does not make good nuts in my opinion.

The guitar will need a set up. I read all these reviews that say "set up was great right out of the box"....I don't buy it. I've never seen a mail order guitar that wasn't in need of a serious set up right out of the box. Even the high end ones. Do yourself a favor, take it to a qualified tech, spend the money and get the thing set up. (this includes truss rod adjustment, nut filing and touch up and preferably replacement, fret leveling (some need it some don't) and get the action set to your preference) It'll make you love it that much more because it will play so much better. Don't kid yourself..it will need set up. They all do.

The neck is what really sells me on this particular guitar. It's supposed to be a soft V profile, but I don't see it. Maybe it's the flatter, 9.5 inch radius that makes it seem bigger. It feels thick and chunky in my hand, and it plays like a dream. The flatter radius makes it more comfortable to play, and allows for a lower action without fretting out in the upper register. I absolutley love this neck. If I could afford it, I'd have Fender custom shop make me necks exactly like this for all my strats and teles. My only complaint about the neck is that to me, the finish on the back was way too thick. But a few steel wool treatments will thin it out nicely. If you do it right you can even get a satin kind of feel to the neck. Did I mention that I love the neck of this guitar???
I want to make it perfectly clear that I truely love this guitar. I bought it for the S-1 switching option, and having found that I don't care for that option to much, I've decided to keep the guitar based on the quality of it's build...mainly the neck. I know some would say that it would make sense to buy a different tele. I considered that, but I can't seem to part with this neck. So I decided to mod it out to the way I like it and keep the guitar.

As far as over all value, it's a hard call for me. If I base it on the sound of the guitar when it is fully stock, then the price is too high. But, based on the build quality and the super fantastical feel of the neck...then it's a great value. I would have been happier paying the price I did for this guitar, if it had come exactly like it is but without the S-1 switch. To me, the S-1 switch is the bane of this guitar. Everything else is great.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Versatile Tele

By Dante1963

from St. Louis

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Pros

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

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      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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Tele

      By Noone Youno

      from Richmond, VA

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      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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Custom shop quality for the masses

        By Paulitik

        from Washington DC

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        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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome guitar

        By pdb1

        from Undisclosed

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        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

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

        I wanted a Tele to practice with so I could leave my American Standard at the house. I read reviews for months and months and finally narrowed it down to this one and the Road Worn Tele. The PUP's in this Tele finally sold me and I ordered this one. Shipping was quick, as always. Got the guitar, plugged it in and I hated it. Sounded awful. I tried different combinations of pedals and just could not get a decent sound out of it.

        I decided to send it back, and while boxing it up I decided to give it one more try, only this time I tweaked the amp. All I can say is WOW - made a world of difference. The guitar was more alive and sounded awesome. I can't put it down now. I haven't touched my American Tele since and this is a much better value for the price. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a twangy, country sound. Great for modern country stuff.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Tele!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

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

        Short and Sweet! Take this guitar, add a bone nut, compensator brass saddles, good strings, and a good hard shell case you will have a $2000 dollar custom shop Tele..... REALLY!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Greatest Tele I've Ever Played!

        By anthony gallucci

        from Emmaus PA

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

        This guitar is increable. Period. I have played it out and all of my bandmates and the people in the crowd agree that it sounds great. I play Rock, Blues, Country, ect... and it fits very well. I play this guitar through a Fender Blues Jr for smaller venues and through a 2x12 half stack for the bigger venues. Being a Tele it sounds great for the courty music but then if you role the volue up and drive the tubes alittle harder you get that black crowe sound. For the blues just put it on the neck pick up and go. I have always been a gibson guy and then i picked up this fnder and fell in love with it. Don't get me wrong i love my les pauls but this is great for those songs that are alittle less rock and more country. I highly recomend this guitar to ANYONE, especially someone who is a tone chaser like me because it is very versital and makes dialing in that perfect tone for what ever kind of music much easier.

        (5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not Bad

        By Telecasterocker

        from Dahlgren Illinois

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

        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.
        overrated

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lethal Blonde

        By ToneRanger58

        from Morgantown, WV

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

        Let me start by saying I purchased my Baja Tele used from this site at a great price, without any finish flaws. Thanks MF! With that said, this tele really impressed me with its sound variety, construction, and value. This is my first tele purchase, so I was hesitant without a prior road test of the Baja model. However, once plugged in, I found the tones coming out of my amp were the in-between (strat and les paul) sounds I was looking for over the years. It nails the whole vintage tele vibe, and then some, with its blonde finish, black one-ply pickguard, four way switch, Custom Shop pickups, and S1 option. I really like the smooth note clarity of each pickup combination. Slightly warmer than a strat, more note definition on the neck pickup than my les paul. The Twisted Tele neck pickup is sweet. Of course, the Broadcaster bridge pickup has plenty of spank on tap. This guitar makes me realize why tele's are still so popular. It is so easy to play, and transfers string resonance really well to the amp. The neck has a thick profile, but that is exactly what I wanted. I'll have to adjust to the gloss finish on the back of the neck though. I've always preferred satin neck finishes. As far as quality goes, I would have given it 4.95 stars out of 5 if that was an option. I would probably give the same rating to some American made tele's if I played enough of them. Not worth paying two to three times the price tag for an American Deluxe (with similar options) in my opinion. This is one of those guitars that inspires you to play better. Could become addictive. If you're looking for a tele, and you don't need a thin neck this one's got the goods.

        (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Great Tele to Add to Your Inventory!

        By Jon Slater

        from Canada

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

        Only complaints, the tuners and the fact that Fender needs to come out with a much nicer 'deluxe' gig bag. Other than that, fantastic tele! I would recommend the butterscotch blonde version, shows the grain through a little better in my opinion and turns this instrument from great into classic. Stock pick-ups are good, neck is wonderful to play and the fretboard is smooth enough to allow versatile tones. Love the 8 tones from this guitar with the 4-way blade and S-1 switch! If I was to buy another tele in this price range I'd just buy a second Baja!
        Picked up this tele in my local guitar store and played it against American Standards, Oriental versions and thinlines and found this one to be the best bang for it's buck. Bought it for just under $800 and I've loved playing it for the last couple weeks. Honestly, I haven't been able to put it down. I love the 4 way switch selection and the S-1 switch is a handy asset. Part of the reason I bought it was the fact that you can have 8 relatively different sounds; that's what an electric should do for you right? Nice maple neck with decent fret work and came perfectly set up right from the store; guys said they hadn't touched it since it had come in. I was impressed with a Mexican made tele; shocking!
        Lovin' everything about this tele, except for the relatively cheap tuners, is fantastic! I plan on eventually changing them out with ones that will stay in tune through all the beating I give it. Love the finish, ash body sounds great, and I'm relatively happy with the stock pickups. A beautiful v-shaped neck that is thick enough to give a great grip and sound but allows me to play the guitar instead of be played by the guitar.
        No question is this guitar the best value of a tele that I've found for the $500 - $1000 price range. Compared to American Standards, it's worth the jump up a couple hundred bucks to get this classic from the Fender Custom Shop.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Feels like an American Tele!

        By Lizard

        from Houston, TX

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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:

          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.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Finally, a real Telecaster!

          By DaddyG

          from Ohio

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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
            • Small Venues

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

            The build quality of the Baja Tele is great, I found no flaws of any kind. The tones you can get from the S-1 switching are all very usable and come out of my amp with real authority. I used to own an AM DLX Tele and it didn't sound like a Tele to me. Mine gets plugged into a DLX Reverb...pure heaven. This one hands down is the Tele I've always wanted, and I am thrilled with this purchase.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By HornBlasterJazzman

            from USA

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

            Really a great guitar. I have owned over 30 guitars most upper end USA Fender, Gibson, Jackson, Charvel ect. I have to say this guitar is so versitile if I could only own one guitar this would be it. It does it all from GnR to Johnny Cash. Plays great and sounds great too.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lives up to expectations

            By Slimey

            from Ontario, NY

            About Me Novice

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            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:

                Read the other reviews and decide for yourself. I have no complaints about the product. The S-1 switching and 4-way pickup selection give you a broad range of sounds. One of the best Telecasters I have ever played.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Tele on the Market!

                By Jonny Mac

                from Northern Michigan

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

                Hands down, THE best Tele you can buy. I wanted a 52 Reissue, but I was handed this Baja to play with. I've never heard so much tone and versatility out of a guitar, including Les Pauls, strats or other Tele's. This guitar is SICK! And it's almost half the cost of the 52 Reissue! I play in a band and we rock a lot of worship. This guitar can do it all. The neck is the best playing neck I've ever had. Hands down the best guitar I've had, and I've been playing for over 15 years.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Get one before they stop making them!

                By Bill

                from New Jersey

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

                I just got a blonde version of the Baja Telecaster and this thing is a tone monster. I have 2 other telecasters including a deluxe ash, and this thing sounds the best. Right out of the box it was good. Just tuned it up and started playing out of a Blues Junior, and it was killer. Better get one before Fender wises up and starts charging more, or stops making it!

                (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Fender Baja

                By Loyd Whitehead

                from Texas

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

                I finally was able to get my first real Fender.I had read all the reviews and I had picked the Baja
                When it arrived and I opened it it was the prettiest guitar I had ever seen.
                After that it was all downhill.It took a while to tune.Then I started playing it and checking it out.
                I could never get it to sound right.The switching sounded the same in all positions. Then I had to keep tuning to keep it in tune but the sound was always the same.The neck is fat but comfortble.
                It was used #1.I tried two more times but it was still the same.So I had to return it.I have never returned anything I t cost me almost a hundred dollars just to return it.
                I am 65 years old and took the guitar up after retirement.I had played in the 60s some and always wanted a tele.I have all the classic vibes and they are great guitars,they just don't have Fender on the head stock.The baja was a beautiful guitar but I must have got a bad one.
                I will get another Tele soon.They are still the best guitar out there

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AMAZING!

                By Pauly D

                from Union County New Jersey

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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

                  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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