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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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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