Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster (Blonde)Item ID: TeleCPBjBl
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck and Fingerboard, and Custom Shop Single-coil Pickups - Blonde
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Weight: 8lbs 10oz
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Vintage and Modern CollideThis customized '50s-style Classic Player Baja Telecaster® has it all! With decades of combined guitar building experience, FENDER® Custom Shop Master Builders Dennis Galuzka, Gregory Fessler, and Chris Fleming were tasked with creating their own "dream list" of specifications for these new Classic Series instruments. No ideas would be off limits, and no feature would be excluded in creating these customized and affordable guitars. What they came up with were features such as vintage-style hardware, custom wirings, custom '69 pickups, and unique neck profiles. This is the Classic Player Baja Telecaster with a soft V neck profile, 4 way switching, and custom pickups (a "Twisted Tele" in the neck with a Broadcaster in the bridge). Each individual instrument is the result of a collaboration between Fender's world renown Master Builders, and the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, offering Custom Shop features at a modest price.
When Leo Fender introduced the world to the original Telecaster in 1950, nobody could have possibly imagined just how this $169 "plank" body electric guitar would change the world of contemporary music. Even more surprising is the fact that after more than a half century, the "Tele" still looks as modern - maybe even radical - as it did when it was first introduced. Considering the fact that Leo Fender wasn't even a guitar player, you have to wonder just how this "magic" happened. Were the planets aligned just right? Was the design beamed into Leo's head by weird space aliens? No matter. The Tele® is simply an inspired design. Since its introduction, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster for its powerful tone and smooth playability.
Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster At-a-Glance:
Solid ash body with single-ply parchment pickguard
In the beginning, there was the Telecaster and the single pickup Esquire. You could get one in the blond finish and that was it. Over the decades, Fender has made concessions to the changing musical styles and the needs of both novice and pro guitarists, which has led to an astonishing array of Telecasters with new colors, special finishes and upgraded electronics. But with the Classic Player Baja Tele®, you get an interesting blend of vintage style and modern innovations. The ash body is the classic Tele shape and is adorned with a single-ply parchment pickguard.
Vintage-style 3-saddle String-thru-body Tele Bridge
The original Teles came with bridge assemblies that consisted of three brass saddles rather than six individually adjustable saddles. Many connoisseurs of vintage Telecasters feel that the brass saddles - while making intonation a bit more difficult - is what gave the Tele that unmistakable twang. The Classic Player Baja Tele is equipped with a vintage-style 3-saddle bridge for classic Tele tone and string-thru-body for excellent sustain.
Two single-coil pickups (Twisted Tele in the neck and Broadcaster in the bridge) and Custom Wiring Setup
The original Tele pickups had more twang than any two "normal" guitars, thanks to the single coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions. The Classic Player Baja Telecaster sports Custom Shop '69 pickups with a Twisted Tele rhythm pickup and a Broadcaster bridge pickup. On top of the custom pickups, the Classic Player Baja Tele is wired with a special 4-position blade switch and a 2-position S-1 switch. This custom configuration gives you tonal options ranging from classic Tele to series and parallel out-of-phase tones, along with special fat tones and high-output settings. From classic to modern, this Tele's got a tone for you!
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Maple neck and fingerboard with soft "V" shape and satin polyester finish
Leo Fender wasn't a guitar player. In fact, he got his start repairing radios. So he had no idea that guitars weren't supposed to have maple necks. In time, those blond maple necks and fingerboards became a Fender trademark, though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most of its models. The Classic Player Baja Telecaster has a maple neck with a soft "V" profile making it a fast playing neck with a little extra bite.
Includes deluxe padded gig bag
To protect your Classic Player Baja Tele, and keep it looking new for many years, Fender has included a nicely padded deluxe gig bag at no extra charge.
Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster Features:
Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster - Classic Tele with Vintage Style and Modern Touches!
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Patty, El Sobrante, CA
Reviewsbased on 10 reviews
Excellent Customer Service
by Travis from Minneapolis, MNThis guitar sounds great, looks great and feels great. I just got it a couple days ago, and I haven't taken it to get set up, but I don't even think it really needs it. They really take care of your o... read more [+]rder before it arrives and I would buy from Sweetwater again in a heartbeat. close [-]
April 17, 2013
Music Background: Gigging Musician
My new best friend
by Joe H. from Charleston, WVI bought this Baja on a whim. I'd never seen one until I watched a review on YouTube. I absolutely love everything about it. It's the finest guitar I've owned in my 30+ years of playing. If you're loo... read more [+]king for versatility, it has it all. A true piece of art!! close [-]
February 27, 2013
Music Background: Semi-pro guitar player/singer
If you're looking for a KEEPER Fender Guitar...
by Rob M. from CaliforniaPast the Honeymooning Phase, so here we go...
January 5, 2013
Music Background: Guitar Player.
Look no further than here. This guitar performs and sounds exactly the way it is described... Go on and research a bit and see just how many pe... read more [+]ople have discovered the hidden gem that is, the Fender Baja Tele. It is just what it is, a Fender Custom shop that has been deisgned and made in America (Parts) and assembled in Mexico. As a friend of mine put it, you're getting 7/8 of a Custom Shop Nocaster for 1/8 the price. I would love to actually A/B one of these next to an actual re-issue myself, I bet I would favor this guitar, because it would take quite a bit to top this one.
I just recently sold a nice, American Made Fender Strat... I loved it, but it just wasn't doing it for me. I usually play Gibsons, but I wanted some Fender tones, but the transition from the Strat to my LP or SG just wasn't goin on... Sold it, still craving Fender.
Never knew about these until recently, researched them a little and decided to take a gamble. I will never sell this guitar!!! In fact I'm selling a couple that I know just will no longer get played now that I have three perfect guitars, I'm pretty much good to go, and can cover all the bases with what I have.
The quality is absolutely on par with the American built guitars, this tele is built like a tank and I have no complaints about ANYTHING. The fingerboard edges are perfect, the nut is perfect and the tuners work just the way tuners should, they stay in tune!!! It arrived in a GIG BAG perfectly in tune and set up, I was impressed (But that is why I will only buy new guitars from Sweetwater from now on). But I may get a case for this afterall.
The neck, I love it, transitioning from this to either one of my Gibsons is not an issue anymore. This neck plays like buttah!!! I am grabbing any note or chord I want effortlessly, it is just EASY to play... It's amazing.
A lot of people talk about modding this from a 4 way switch back to a 3 way... Ummmmm, WHY?!?!? PURE AND UTTER CORK SNIFFERY!!!!The 4 way switch is great, nothing wrong with MORE options, don't like em', then don't use em'... And I am really digging some of the out of phase tones that are just there if I want them...
Now, on to these pick-ups, some of the best I've played or heard out of ANY guitar... VERY Musical and very versatile. You can pretty much do everything with this one guitar, surf, country, rock, punk, clean, dirty, metal, anything. In fact my wife kept sticking her head out the door the other night telling me that she couldn't believe how good this guitar sounded, lol, but don't worry, my Gibsons ain't goin' nowhere!!!
Bottom line, this guitar feels better in sooooo many different ways than my American strat did, way more solid, no rattles, more sturdy, more musical, more comfortable, better neck, more sustain (which I have to note is unreal for a bolt on neck!!!! KUDOS!!!!) it's just, simply put, a BETTER guitar, and I'm 110% happy I own one.
Couldn't recommend this one more!!! close [-]
First and last tele you will ever own !
by Eric from United StatesWas in the market for a tele and was looking at the american standard then this baja tele caught my eye. I was like same pickups, but with more tonal options because of the wiring, for like 500 dolla... read more [+]rs less. The soft V neck is by far my favorite neck that Fender has ever made. Not to thick and not to thin and feels amazing. Once you plug in and play this you will wonder why you would ever want to spend thousands of dollars on a custom shop, when this one feels and sounds amazing. Blind fold someone put a 3 thousand dollar custom shop, then slide this and I bet you cannot tell the difference. Worth every penny. They could charge 1500 for this and it would still be worht it. Try one for yourself and you will see what you have been missing. When was the last time you plugged in and found yourself stuck on one pickup because it just sounds so smooth ? For price and product you cannot beat this guitar period. close [-]
October 16, 2012
Music Background: Musician, hobbyist, cover/church bands
Great product, even better service.
by Kenny from Philadelphia, PA USAThis is an amazing sounding and playing telecaster. Read raving reviews all over the place and finally caved in. The extra pickup configurations make this guitar one of the most versatile teles you ... read more [+]can get. Testament to this is the fact that Fender swapped out standard American tele pickups for the twisted tele and broadcaster bridge this year. They are well balanced, and really capture that quintessential tele tone. The guitar I received was flawless - set up to perfection and at my door step only 2 days after ordering. But the most phenomenal thing about my purchase was the customer service. My personal sales rep went so far as to hand pick me a unit under a certain weight (my only concern about buying a guitar online). The only problem I've had is with the included Fender gig bag, but it has been replaced by sweetwater, free of charge. I'll never buy anywhere else again. close [-]
August 13, 2012
Music Background: gigging musician, music teacher
Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster (Blonde)
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