Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster - 2-color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

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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Ridiculously Good

I have been playing since 1979 and bought way too many guitars, amps and pedals in that time. This guitar is now #12 in my collection, including Fenders, Gibson and PRS. I have to say, I absolutely love it. The neck is just great for my hands, I am a decently large fellow and this neck is super comfortable. I have a few Strats with fairly thin necks and while I really like them, I find this a tad more comfortable. Arriving from Sweetwater it was already nicely set up and almost perfectly in tune. I tweaked the tuning and it has stayed rock solid. The extra pick up selections are really useful, you don't lose the original ones either so it's a win only situation. The finish on the guitar is great and I believe mine weighed in at 7lbs 10 oz. Not too heavy and it sustains beautifully, even without the amp. This is just a great guitar, looks, sound and feel are all top notch. I have American made guitars but honestly, this is as good, or better than any of them. As you may have noticed, I LOVE IT!!!!
Music background: long

Best Tele out there

I got my Baja in September thanks to my rep Alex C. It took me many, many years to get a Tele. I came close to buying a Squier Classic Vibe which are solid in their own right. After months of looking I pulled the trigger on one of these and I'm glad I did. It is my main electric and the S1 switch has a lot to offer tonally. I run this through a Bugera V22 and I also use a Mooer Acoustikar pedal for acoustic tones. Great setup. Thanks Sweetwater.

my baha......

seen the baha tele advertised on Sweetwater site...read the reviews...and ordered one...like one review I read was kinda leery of a mail order guitar but it arrived very fast and no dents or dings.....plugged it into my m-audio interface turned my mixcraft daw on and just loved the sound....next item I order from Sweetwater will be a blues junior 3...guitar has great neck....pickups are great the finish is beautiful ty Sweetwater

Great Fender Baja Tele

I usually buy my gear from Sweetwater (Jason K). I bought my sunburst/rosewood neck Baja Tele used from my wife's son in Seattle. I also have a '52 reissue Tele. The Baja Tele has some great additional features, great pickups and a smooth neck. I play in an acoustic duo, but at times I need an electric guitar. The Baja thru a small Fender Champion amp (from Sweetwater) fits the bill. Don't hesitate to buy one of these Mexican Teles as the quality is there.
Music background: Acoustic Duo

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
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