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 i... Read More
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.
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Reviewed by 10 customers
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This is my first tele purchase, and I did a lot of research and testing before buying one. I was looking at getting the American Standard tele, but after realizing, that with this Baja model, you get the twisted tele and broadcaster pickups as well as the 4way switching (like on the American Deluxe), I could have the best of both worlds, at a lower cost. The guitar is beautiful (the two tone sunburst), and the neck with the jumbo frets, make it easy to play. The selection of pickup configurations is just an added bonus, with the sounds and sustain that you can get. The intonation from the factory was spot on, and just needed to be tuned up out of the box. I play mine thru a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe or Blues Jr. and it sings! It sounds great for country, rock or blues! A great guitar for the price!
I've been a fan of Fender since 1956. Have always loved the Tele. Have five Tele's and the Baja by no means has disappointed me. Same Fender "SOUND" and Quality. If there were a six Star rating, the Baja would be at the top of the list. Just can't get enough of Fender.
This is my second new Tele, my first was a '52RI which I ADORE. I have heard great things about the Baja, primarily that it has a beefy neck, which I prefer. No doubt about it, the neck is great, very comfortable to play (I have large hands). The 4 way switch with S1 is interesting and useful. The pups are a Twisted Tele in the neck position and a Broadcaster for the bridge. Very different from the vintage pups in the '52, but not bad at all. With the switching you can get classic Tele sounds, as well as a Strat-like out of phase tone. Fit and finish are not bad, but make no mistake, it is not on par with the American made '52. That is understandable given the cost differential. The neck pocket fit is not quite as good, the pickguard profile is not as refined, and the controls do not feel as solid as the '52. None of this affects playability in the least, and the blonde finish looks very good. I was able to get the action down nice and low, and it sounds GREAT. I will be adding a Space Bridge and a Bigsby B-50 to this, and she will be good to go. Highly recommended. One thing, Baja's have a reputation for being heavy, mine is not. If you don't find one with the right weight, keep looking, it is out there.
VERY NICE SOUNDING GUITAR WITH MANY TONES AND ASH BODY MAKES IT VERY LIGHT-VERY GOOD QUALITY ON EVERY THING BUT THE PICK GUARD IT IS NOT UP TO STANDARD BUT THAT IS MINOR IT PLAYS AS WELL AS MY AMERICAN SPECIAL
I have owned this guitar since it came out and i love it! i was looking for a tele but i wanted somthing more versital than yout standard tele. This guitar sounds awsome wheather you like a clean sound, dirty rock/blues or metal, It just rocks! I play through a mesa boogie road king. buy it you will love it!
Fender did a great job with the Baja Tele. The pickups and sound are great. The S1 switching is a great addition. I have it on a Strat also and love it. The V neck is thicker, but is still very comfortable. It didn't take long to get used to it at all. The only drawback of this guitar to me, is the weight. It weighs a ton. Other than that, it's a great instrument and well worth the money.
Great guitar-my first new guitar in years. Was looking at American Standard Tele's and Baja played cirlcles around them. I got blonde model- It looks just like reissue model that sells for 2 grand. Pick one up , you won't want to put it down!!
I'm not sure what Fender's plan is, offering so much quality and rich and varied sounds in a Mexican build model Tele. The soft V (almost chunky C) neck profile and big size are really easy to play well over long periods, the intermediate fret size and 9.5 (middlin') curvature or radius of the fretboard, the no fuss polyurethane gloss neck finish all make this a favorite among dedicated players. Neck measures .98 inch deep at 12th fret, .91 at the first, tho they can vary. Then, the bridge and saddles work well without upgrade and the Custom Shop (spec'd) twisted tele neck pickup is very sought after and balances great with the Broadcaster bridge pup, also hard to come by. The body finish is in fact thick, dime thick polyester, and the reference to 'Custom Shop 69 pickups' is an error. Sure the desert sand, the only color you'll likely find, is bland. But if you can play halfway well and use a decent tube amplifier with good tubes and speakers, rest assured the people who crave good sound will be nodding in acceptance. This guitar is loaded with all the pieces parts that serious guitarists are trading for, other than sometimes too heavy bodies there's not a bad component on the whole thing. So don't buy it; I only have two Bajas and if you buy it I can't.
I've wanted to get a '52 Reissue because I love the vintage stuff and especially that fat neck. It was just to much money though, then I saw the Baja Tele, and I fell in love, the neck is very similar and rits my hand perfectly, its got all the vintage stuff and the bridge pickup is nice and twangy, its perfect, I play mostly in the bridge position but with all the upgraded electronics you can mess around and get all sorts of nice tones in the neck position. I play mine through a Fender Blues Junior amp and sometimes with a Phase shifter and it sounds great, I go for that Waylon Jennings sound and I feel like I can pretty much get it with this guitar, now I just need to up my skills to match this great guitar and get that great sound.
I just purchased mine last month and it's just a flat out great guitar. With the V neck and the ash tray style bridge it feels and plays like the old Teles it was modeled after. With the four way switching there is a great balance between the standerd Tele twang while also adding a nice fat tone thats a little warmer than you would normaly expect out of a Tele. Bottom line it looks great, plays great, and sounds great. For the price it's hard to go wrong on this guitar!
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