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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... Read More

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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.

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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
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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5.0

Great Blues guitar

By Phil

from Houston, Texas

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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.

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    (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!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best of both worlds!

    By James Johnson

    from Oregon City, Oregon

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

    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!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tele Baja

    By Wayne Niswander

    from Dallas, Texas

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

    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.

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    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good guitar for the money

    By Mark S

    from Saginaw MI

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

    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.

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    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT GUITAR

    By ALLEN

    from EMORY TEXAS

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

    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

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awsome axe!

    By jesse

    from greeley, CO

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

    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!

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    (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Outstanding Guitar

    By Jon P

    from Hazleton, Pa

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

    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.

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    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Baja Tele

    By Robert

    from Wyandotte MI

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

    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!!

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    (23 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Please don't buy this guitar

    By Bubbanov

    from The Big Easy

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

    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.

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