Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster - 2-color Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and Custom Shop Single-coil Pickups - 2-color Sunburst
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Vintage and Modern Collide

This 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-shaped 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 black pickguard
  • Vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body Tele bridge
  • Two single-coil pickups (Twisted Tele in the neck and Broadcaster in the bridge) and custom wiring setup
  • Maple neck and fingerboard with soft V-shape and satin polyester finish
  • Includes deluxe padded gig bag
Solid ash body with single-ply black pickguard

In the beginning, there was the Telecaster and the single-pickup Esquire. You could get one in the blonde 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 it is adorned with a single-ply black pickguard.

Vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-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-through-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 a Custom Shop 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!

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 blonde 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-shaped 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:
  • Custom Shop design at an affordable price
  • Blonde finish with black single-ply pickguard
  • Ash body
  • 1-piece maple neck with soft V-shape and gloss polyurethane finish
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Custom Shop single-coil '69 pickups (Twisted Tele in the neck, Broadcaster in the bridge)
  • Master volume and master tone controls
  • 4-position blade switch and 2-position S-1 switch
  • Vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body Tele bridge
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 1.625" width at nut
  • Deluxe gig bag included

The Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster - a classic Tele with vintage style and modern touches!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Polyester
Color 2-color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape Soft V
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 21, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.625"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Style 3-Saddle Strings-Through Body
Tuners Fender/Ping vintage style tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coil
Bridge Pickup Custom Shop Broadcaster single-coil
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 4-way pickup selector, 2-way pickup phase selector
Strings Fender Super 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0141502303

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Sunburst Baja Tele

I've been wanting a Baja Tele for a few years and finally got one! Bottom line -- worth the wait. I'm more of a Stratocaster guy but there has always been something alluring to me about Telecasters (bias alert - I really like Fender stuff). They're simple, basic, but actually possess so much mojo. The Bajas are unique because they have more pick-up options. The fourth setting gives you the two pick-ups in series and that gives you a really unique humbucker sound with a Tele tone. Amazing. Plus you get tradition sounds in the other three positions. With Sweetwater's Guitar Gallery you get to pick the exact axe you're looking at. Besides the color/finish you also get to select the weight you want. That is actually pretty cool. I went through my collection of guitars, weighed them, and realized that I like the feel/resonance of 8 lb guitars. I found the finish and weight I wanted and picked it. It arrived shortly in perfect condition--exactly as pictured. Can't stop playing this guitar. As usual great sales service from the Sweetwater people.
Music background: Hobbyist

Love it!

Never owned a Tele before. I have always been a Strat player. But ever since this guitar showed up. It is the only one I play. The neck is not like a baseball bat, not too small, very comfortable. I also really like the 4 position switch and the push buttons for the pick-ups. The out of phase sound is almost like wah effect, very cool. My freinds are always talking about which guitar would you keep if you only had one...this might be that 'one'...My sales engineer Chris Carter treated me right, an all around great guitar. I highly reccomend it.


Amazing! Can't put it down!
Music background: 25 years

VERY happy first time customer

After 30+ years of wishing I could play the guitar, I finally decided to quit wishing and start acting. I decided I wanted trudge through the endless hours and hours of learning scales and chords while listening to the variety of sounds offered from an electric guitar rather than an acoustic. As a long time fan of classic (real) country music the decision was easy..................the Telecaster. I decided the BajaTele was best for a newbie like me to earn my chops on, and would be nice enough that I wouldn't feel like I'd outgrown it a few years from later when I'd developed some skill.I live in the middle of nowhere, so online purchasing made the most sense. I had reservations about making a purchase of this level without being able to handle and inspect the guitar in person. But after visiting Sweetwater's website and critically inspecting the series of high quality photographs for a specific guitar (serial number included) I decided to call Sweetwater and place an order.Norb Berninger answered the phone along with all of my questions prior to placing the order. My worries were alleviated after talking with Norb, and other than worrying about damage during shipping, I felt confident that I was going to receive a great guitar. Sweetwater did a great job of inspecting and setting up my guitar before shipment, and such a superb level of packaging that a shipper would have to intentionally go out of their way to damage the guitar.............which fortunately they did not. After a couple weeks of sheer enjoyment with my new Baja Tele, Norb called me out of the blue just to check up on my satisfaction with my guitar, and to answer any questions that I might have as a newbie. I really appreciated this level of commitment to his customers, and won't forget that when it comes time to order my next one. I'm new to the guitar world and have many years of learning ahead of me, but I now understand what GAS is, and I have no doubts that I'll be buying more guitars. I also know that Sweetwater and specifically Norb Berninger will be the very first place I shop for my future guitar purchases.For anyone out there sitting on the fence, please don't hesitate to purchase with confidence from Sweetwater. And while I'm sure Sweetwater hires only the best, I can personally recommend Norb.
Music background: Beginner


I always thought Tele's were ugly guitars, but this Baja got so many great reviews ( in the blond color ) that I got to listening to the video Sweetwater has on its page and reading all the great reviews and decided I had to try one. I LOVE IT! It sounds great, feels and plays great. I can't imagine anybody would not love this guitar. The quality feels on par with my Eric Johnson Strat.
Music background: In my first year of lessons
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars