Designed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Christopher Fleming, the Classic Player Baja Telecaster® guitar features an ash body with a thin polyester finish, soft "V"-shaped maple neck with 21 medium jumbo frets, custom vintage-style Broadcaster bridge pickup and custom Twisted Tele® neck pickup, four-way pickup switch and S-1™ switch.
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I own 9 Tele's of various types (including a MIJ 1992 Rosewood model) and this is undoubtedly the best of the lot. I bought it in 2007 when I think the model was quite new, and I still cannot believe how good it is. It plays like a dream and sounds beautiful. The only modificiation I have made is to replace the scratchplate with a thicker item.
I never know what to expect in this price range. It could go either way. But Fender manages to build a great Tele in Mexico. Fit, finish, and electronics seem to be all well-designed. Output jack was loose but easily tightened. Very playable, and unlike any of my other guitars, because, the Tele is unique. The S-1 switch adds wonderfully usable tones. Very pleased with what I consider to be an inexpensive working man's guitar, no problems bringing this out to gigs.
Stephen Winghead owns this item
The baja offers a selection of a lot of great guitar tones at an affordable price. Plays nicely. A lot of bang for your bucks. I was pleasantly surprised when I played it. Took it home five minutes later.
Now make a strat with as many tones.
1glen owns this item
Had heard about these for quite a while but never played one. Everything I heard about it seemed like it would be something I'd like, I finally ordered one and sure don't regret it although I wish I had purchased one sooner.. Mine is the blond and looks great, the 2 tone sunburst is also a great looking guitar.
So the guitar arrived already setup. I've found that most out of the box Fenders are setup pretty well and just need some tweaking, this didn't even need that. The 4-way switch adds the neck/bridge in series in position 4, it's an awesome sound. Don't get why this isn't standard on all Tele's.. The S1 switch adds the out of phase wiring in position 2 & 4. It's not something I'll use but it doesn't take anything away from the guitar either.
The Twisted Tele neck & Broadcaster bridge pups sound great.. Have the same exact pickups in a Custom Shop Time Machine Tele.. Not sure that I like being able to get the same sounds in a guitar that's 1/5th the price.. Actually the Baja has the series position so it can be said that it sounds better than my Custom Shop guitar..
The Soft V neck profile has always been my favorite and other than this guitar is only available on Custom Shop models.. the 9.5 radius & medium jumbo frets imo make this a more comfortable playing guitar than the AV 52.
Most of my Tele's have a Nitro finish that I'm always worried about damaging. It's kind of nice not having to worry about the Poly finish on this guitar.. The one I received looks great, grain is well matched.
Usually with any new guitar I bring home after a while I want to personalize it a bit, sometimes it just compensated saddles, other times it may be a pickup or pickguard. The Baja is just right the way it was out of the box.. I may swap out the Brass saddles for some Steel compensated saddles but that's because I already have them.
I can't wait to take this out to play and see how it cuts through the mix in the 4th position. Overall I feel this is a terrific value.
xtrajerry owns this item
The quest for my dream guitar ended when I brought the Baja Tele. Having searched for that ultimate tone over the last 20 years or so in entry level to mid priced guitars, but never quite getting there, I had resigned myself to the fact that I would never get it because I would never be able to afford the top end guitars I would need to achieve it. Then I read a (good) review in Guitarist magazine (UK) and saw the amazing price tag for the Baja Tele and I thought I had to give it a go. I just happened to be looking for a new Amp too and so a little while later, visited a local music shop (well 30 miles away). I began to demo the Baja and several other guitars for comparison, including the American Special Tele, with a variety of amps in all the various combinations. I finally (after about 3 or 4 hours) hit on the Baja plugged into a Hotrod Deluxe III and it was like a revelation - everything I had been searching for. It blew the American Special out of the water for tone and I've never felt a neck like it. There and then I traded my MIM Strat and Peavey Delta Blues, paid out the rest and went home a very happy man. I get so much joy just hearing one chord ring out. The price for the Baja had gone up a bit since I'd read the review in the guitar magazine but it was still worth it. My only very slight niggle is that I can't get it perfectly, perfectly in tune. But then again Tele's are renound for this. Of course, I bought the Hotrod Deluxe III as well and now I am complete and can't ever see a time when I would ever need to change - unless they were lost, stolen or broken, in which case I would save up to to buy them again. Well done Fender!
jbm owns this item
The Baja is probably the best guitar being manufactured by fender today (bar most custom shop models). I'm a proud owner of a blonde model and this thing exceeds expectations in basically every department. Only mod I've done is change the cap to a .22uf, but that's personal preference. Try one, buy one.
CasErOLe owns this item
This guitar is awesome. I have had mine for 4 years now and have never looked back.
This guitar is in LAKE PLACID BLUE (black scratchplate) is 1 of only 282 produced. The playability and tone of this beast is sublime.
I am playing through a Hotrod deluxe III and I can't even begin to explain how exciting this sounds.
If you can get your hands on one of these bad boys then you gotta buy it.
My other guitars are, dare I say a tokai strat (1982 - 84 lawsuit) rickenbacker 330 and a Gibson les paul standard.
andyrad71 owns this item
Just received a FSR White Blond model as a late birthday present. Wow what a guitar. The neck is a dream to play and the finish is highly polished giving it a mirror like finish. My other guitars are a Gibson Les Paul Studio, Gretsch DC and an Epiphone SG and none of them come close to the playability and range of tones available from this guitar. The White Blond finish is perfect, with just a hint of grain visible. My first guitar, 40 years ago, was a cheap tele copy, OMG the real thing, worth waiting for. Buy one now!
teleman owns this item
Just bought this awesome guitar in TSB. The sound is amazing. The neck is convenient, and much better than a Classic Player Strat have. There are some nuances, like the input which is doesn't attached well and useless button switch(when it pressed the sound is a crap). But almost everything I wanted from this guitar is there. The difference with Deluxe Strat 2005 is on the face. Both guitars sounds good, but now I got the sound of ALL Fender's variations.
I want to say this is much better than 52 reissue for the it's price.
Smolnyi owns this item
With the brilliant s-1 switch, this guitar opens up a much bigger tonal range to the already classic tele sound. Easy to play and the blonde finish looks amazing
lukehines1994 owns this item
I consider myself as a beginner. I started three years ago and practice rock, hard rock and punk one hour a day. I have several guitars and bought the Baja online, in order to have a Tele. The finish is superb (mine is Blonde – I love it). However, there was a 2mm dent on the lower part (where the leg rests) probably due to handling at the last stages of assembly. I did not return it as I expected that the chance of having an absolutely perfect one was small, and I can live with this small defect. Besides, all the rest was spot on. I changed the strings to coated 9-42 as this is what I always prefer. One remarkable feature is the sustain. It's absolutely endless and you feel the guitar vibrating as if it were alive (I use a Bugera tube amp). I have not yet experimented with the S1 switch options, for which I have seen shared opinions. It will be an area to explore. I find that the pick ups are a bit noisy. This stops as you lay a finger on any metallic part. Maybe a grounding problem? I would be surprised if that's the case in a brand new Fender Mex Custom Shop. Anyway, I can live with that, and it is typical of single coils pick ups.
The pick ups are definitely hot, and the sound is what you expect, awesome. Needless to say, I love the simplicity of the Tele, its contourless body helps me firmly hold the guitar and properly position the right arm (as I said, I am a beginner). I recommend it to anyone really.
FabioStar owns this item
The pick-ups are vintage so you have to put quite some mid through your amp to make it sound warm, but it will sound very nice when you do. The neck is really comfortable but is quite tricky with the more complex chords where you need to do a lot of spreading. You can play almost anything you want with it as long as you have the right pedals for it, also sounds really nice with amp drive.
After a year or two you will find that the screws for you strap-holder will loosen up (can't help it it's a Mexican). But you will have to fill those up with a match. So it just needs some maintenance once in a while, like every guitar.
The out of phase is really useless in my opinion because it makes it sound ugly. But the fourth switch position which makes it go in series which gives a very think sort of hum-bucker sound and it also makes it a bit louder.
Overall I'm a happy customer, good piece of wood for the price.
jesperlocher owns this item
I own quite a few guitars by various big names but my Baja is still the go to guitar. I'm only a home player and this guitar does it all for me. when I was looking for a tele I tried quite a few models. I had a go of a couple of baja's which felt quite different and the weight difference was very noticeable. I ended up buying one online, which I had at a great price due to it being B stock because of a small flaw in the paintwork. when I first received the guitar I very nearly called the shop to take it back as it sounded awful. After much twiddling and fiddling I had the setup spot on and haven't needed to do anything again. I have owned my Baja for about 4 years and will never sell.
rosskoko owns this item
The best guitar I own or have owned. Stupidly versatile- able to get straty tones from the twisted Tele at the neck, gritty twangy tones from the Broadcaster bridge and lots of others from the 4 way and s1 switching. The neck is chunky and a dream to play (though if you like a modern c shape it might not be for you). Build quality is excellent. The Baja has gone up since it was launched, but you can still pick these up for £560ish online which makes this the biggest bargain in the Fender range.
In my opinion, it's a better guitar than the US Standard or special and you'd need to go American Vintage or Custom Shop to buy a better guitar, and I personally think its more playable than some of the Vintage models.
Anyone considering a Tele with less than £1500 to spend should at least demo one.
chrisrainbow78 owns this item
This became my main guitar after buying and building 11 Teles prior to purchasing this one. Great features, build quality and looks. Can't say enough about this guitar for the price. I did a few mods and it is just hard to beat. There is plenty of growl, bite and twang and so many options that can mellow it out if need be. It actually caused my custom shop '51 Nocaster to see a lot of case time.
A4325boxts owns this item
My main guitar, by far the best telecaster of this price range and better than many that cost more.
jfduncan owns this item
My main guitar. Bought for me as a gift and it just keeps on giving. Desert Sand. C neck. One of the early ones. Solid guitar with solid tone. Beautiful to look at and a dream to play.
butchwr owns this item
I have owned this guitar in Butterscotch Blonde for 4 years now and I am still in the honeymoon period! I play mostly Country, with some Swing, Blues, Bluegrass and Swamp Rock. The Baja covers all the bases tone-wise and the super-comfy neck makes chicken pickin, strumming, bending all so easy it's as if the guitar is an extension of me. The only mod I have made was to install Schaller strap locks to protect my investment from an accidental drop...
I play in a semi-pro band and we play out 2 - 3 times a week and the Baja looks as good today as the day I bought it.
joyster owns this item
Maybe my all-time favorite neck on any Fender guitar - nice and full but not too large, with a soft "V" shape. The pickups are exceptional, with a Custom Vintage Broadcaster pickup at the bridge providing a brilliant snap to every note. For me, the Telecaster is Fender's most versatile instrument, and with the addition of a Series/Parallel positions and an out-of-phase switch, even more options are available to the artist.
Insanely versatile and beautiful guitar. I've had my Baja for about 2 years now and am still amazed every time i pick it up, it's looks, it's tone, it's playability. I was looking for a Springsteen-esque sound but boy does the Baja go above and beyond! The bridge is gritty and raw for Stones and Springsteen and the neck+tone roll off give sweet jazzy vibes for a sound not unlike a Hollow-body, the S-1 Switching just spoils you for choice. The 'soft v' neck has got to be the best neck i have ever played on any guitar, it is comfortable for endless hours, provides smooth bends and is the perfect radius. The '52 styling of the guitar gives it the perfect vintagey vibe whilst maintaining modern features such as the S1 pot, for the ridiculously low price it would be foolish not to buy one.
_samrichardson_ owns this item
Had this guitar for over a year now and it is such a versatile instrument, from playing Open G for the Stones to standard tuning to open D, this guitar sounds and plays great in every tuning. It can be beefy or twangy depending upon your amp settings. Overall, I would highly recommend this guitar. Once it is set-up, it plays itself and feels like you're gliding your hands along a piece of godlike wood.
LiamBrightman owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Player Baja Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Blonde|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Soft "V"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with "Custom Shop Designed" Engraving|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Shop Single-Coil Broadcaster|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Shop "Twisted" Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||4-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (In Parallel), Position 3. Neck Pickup, Position 4. Neck and Bridge Pickups (In Series)|
|Special Electronics:||S-1™ Switch|
|Bridge:||3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Saddles|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Switch Tips:||Top Hat Style|
|Auxiliary Switching:||S-1 Switch Down: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge/Neck Pickups (In Parallel)-Out of Phase, Position 3. Neck Pickup (Standard Tele) Position 4. Neck/Bridge Pickups (Series) Out of Phase|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Soft "V" Shape Maple Neck, Knurled Chrome Knobs, "Custom Shop Designed" Neck Plate, 4-Way + 2-Way S-1™ Switching, Synthetic Bone Nut|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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