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Fender Classic Series Classic Player Baja Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • 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 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (17)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Recording (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Rock concerts (12)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6)

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

 

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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5.0

way better than expected

By CULLEN

from HOUSTON, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • 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:

this is my first tele, I've always been a les paul guy until now. I'm actually thinking about getting rid of my les paul guitars. I thought I'd get a custom shop tele because I wanted a good one, but the more and more I read up, this was the one. The reviews were true, this is an amazing guitar! now I'm not sure I'd ever pay for a custom shop guitar at this point, and that's all I've ever owned! The soft v neck is so much better than the razor thin necks on the normal teles. the pickups sound great, but I don't have much use for the s1 switching. Still a nice addition. I got the blonde version, and it has great pieces of wood. I'm getting another tele now, either the sunburst version or maybe a road worn tele. If you have to have an expensive custom shop, buy one. If you want one just as good for a fraction of the price, get one or two of these. I used to frown at the MIM and MIJ guitars, but not anymore....

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

       
      5.0

      Great Blues guitar

      By Phil

      from Houston, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

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

        Great for that spanky blues or country sound. Plugged into a clean channel or with some crunch its a great sounding guitar and very playable to boot.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quintessential Vintage Styled Telecaster for Modern Players

        By Van

        from undisclosed

        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 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect Tele. Just perfect.

        By Gitfiddle76

        from Detroit

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Tele at a bargin price.

            By Rivets

            from NY,NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            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.

               
              5.0

              This was an awesome deal and an excellent purchase.

              By Chuck

              from Atlanta, GA

              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:

                Love this guitar !

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                King of MIMs Fender Tele's

                By Alfred

                from So Calif

                Site Member

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

                This is the king of MIM (made in mexico) Fender Telecaster's. Oh yes, the quality and tone. It has a beefy neck. I gave it a 4 and a half but since I can't, I had to round it off to a 5!!! The neck is baseball big and though Fender says it's a soft V, its a really soft V so mine is more like a D. Oh well, more for me. If you're a player that is into pencil thin necks, you will have to adjust. But there's hope, they've had guys who love the sound, swap out the neck for another size Fender neck. I think that it is illegal in 60 states (some states count for more than one so I added them up). It is a 9.5 with med jumbo frets, so it's not vintage, which I like. I like modern ones (exception for bass, I'm cool with the vintage Fender bass set ups). The quality is excellent, and up to par with USA standard and specials. It's poly based, so it'll last, and hard to wear it out. I swung it while cheering after getting a crazy riff from a friend and it slipped out of my hand (and I caught it) but it hit something metal (but I wasn't playing metal) and left just a scratch. I know if it been a nitro, I would be wood puttying and re shellac'n it for sure. Frets are well done, no sharpies. The maple fretboard is glossed over, but the sound is still pretty good and the sustains are good (for Fender). No negatives like paint runs, unpolished patches, or uneven neck gaps wide enough to fly a mini drone through .. . so this is the bomb.The tone is just awesome, for a guitar of this price. I am kicking myself because there was a time when these were going for a bit cheaper (when they had this color and the desert one) but I was into tom foolery and turned up my nose at the MIM style. The S1 adds some dimension. I don't really like it, but with the right efx I can get some outer worldy sounds to bust some ear shenanigans. And it has standard Tele 3 way switching for neck or bridge, or both for some tonal love. But the tone is just out of this world. For the price. I don't have to swap pick ups, this is playable out of the box. Speaking of that, the set up was particularly great for out of factory. The action was lower than a rice rocket. It comes with vintage 3 saddles. While compensated or 6 saddles are better for intonation, the 3 still works for me. The weight is mid range, I'm used to LP or bass, so even the heaviest Fenders seem light. The turners are great, and holds it tune, maybe I have to adjust it once a week . . . I keep it in the bag. This guitar has a 60's cousin and I own both. This one is tonally different and the frets feel different (60's has rosewood). Both axes get equal time. There is only one tele that can beat the baja classic player series but you'll have to play tele's to find out that out for yourself. If this was stolen, I'd replace it ASAP. Get this before Boris Bubbanov cleans them out. Those TDPRI guys are right in saying this is a go to tele. It really is!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great guitar , terrible packaging

                By Ken

                from Rochester NY

                About Me Experienced

                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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