Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster - Blonde with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and Custom Shop Single-coil Pickups - Blonde
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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 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 renowned 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.

Solid ash body with a single-ply black pickguard

In the beginning, there was the Telecaster and the single-pickup Esquire, and they were only available in a blonde finish. 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 Telecaster shape and 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 Telecaster is equipped with a vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body bridge for classic Tele tone and excellent sustain.

Two single-coil pickups 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 neck 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 Telecaster to series and parallel out-of-phase tones, along with special fat tones and high-output settings.

S-1 Switch Up:

  • Position 1: bridge pickup
  • Position 2: bridge and neck pickups (in parallel)
  • Position 3: neck pickup (standard Tele)
  • Position 4: neck and bridge pickups (in series) (fatter tone than Position 2 and more output than Position 1, 2, or 3)

S-1 Switch Down:

  • Position 1: bridge pickup
  • Position 2: bridge and neck pickups (in parallel) out of phase
  • Position 3: neck pickup (standard Tele)
  • Position 4: neck and bridge pickups (in series) out of phase

Maple neck and fingerboard with soft "V" shape

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.

Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster Features:

  • Custom Shop design at an affordable price
  • Custom Shop designed neck plate
  • Ash body
  • 1-piece maple neck with a soft "V" shape
  • Maple fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coil neck pickup
  • Custom Shop Broadcaster single-coil bridge pickup
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • 4-position blade switch and 2-position push/push S-1 switch
  • Vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body Telecaster bridge
  • Fender/Ping vintage-style tuning machines
  • Chrome hardware
  • Deluxe gig bag included

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 Blonde
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 0141502307

Customer Reviews

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The true test

Thanks to Greg Baum for setting me up with this fantastic instrument. I have owned it for a while but only played it occasionally here and there as a compliment to my other guitars but last night I chose to use it for a small house Facebook Live session with a keyboardist and two vocalists and I was thrilled with this instrument. Very good balance across the spectrum - stayed in tune - and sounded great with pedals. I actually camped out in the neck and standard 'humbucker' mode for most of the clean and ambient tones but kicked in the neck for the bite and drive. It was exactly the versatility I needed and I even used the out of phase tone a bit too. Only thing I miss is a trem but I think it might just spoil the mojo on this design.

The last tele you'll ever need

I bought one of these secondhand off of a friend of mine for $150 and it is the best purchase I have ever made. I have compared it to American special, standard, deluxe and reissue models owned by friends of mine and I prefer mine over every one of them. The custom shop pickups have a great sound to them. Plenty of snap in the bridge and some nice warmth in the neck (though it still has some great single coil bite). The fourth position is awesome as well during solos and lead playing. It saves me from having to hit a boost pedal, as the increase in thickness and volume is just enough to make it stand out in the mix. They can actually handle a decent bit of drive before getting too noisy. I use the bridge pickup running through an EAR Electronics Over/Under (TS808/Klon Clone combo) with the Klone side on into a Vox Satchurator into an Orange amp set with the gain at about 11 o'clock and I get the perfect rock rhythm tone. I can then switch the distortion off, turn my comp, chorus and reverb on with the neck pickup and I have a perfect jazz or fusion tone. With a little tweaking you can even get a super warm contemporary jazz tone. Of course you can easily get country twang out of this puppy, but that goes without saying. The neck is probably my favorite part. Thin necks are great for shred, but you can't beat a nice chunk of maple like this one in terms of tone and feel (especially while playing chords). The combination of pickups, thick neck and ash body make for one of the best tones I've heard out of a tele. If this beauty was ever stolen from me I would buy another one in a heartbeat. It actually made me put my other guitars in storage. Now I just play this and my Ibanez (for when I really need some trem action).
Music background: Hobbyist/Student

Fender Baja Telecaster

I've owned quite a few Telecasters during my lifetime. I've always been a fan of the "blonde" maple neck Telecasters but when I was able to purchase my own American Standards back in the early 90's the Blonde was not a color being offered. So I bought a 3 tone sunburst and a black Telecaster both with rosewood fretboards but deep in my heart, I wanted the classic blackguard blonde Telecaster. Been playing those American Standards ever since...until last week when I ran into a Baja Telecaster.It only took a few minutes to convince me that the Baja, is made just as well as my American Standards. Oh trust me, I compared the hell out of them. What sold me (albeit from the color and maple neck) was the Broadcaster pick up, the vintage brass saddles, the S-1 Switching and the secret weapon, the 4th position....why they don't put these on today's American Standard, is beyond my comprehension.Nowhere else can you find this combo on any guitar. The tones the Baja creates is simply magic. The baseball bat sized neck is awesome. The brass saddles, are awesome (I have had no issues intonating them) and for some reason, fretting chords and whatnot seem easier then with the six saddle types I am more familiar with.When I purchased my American Standard Telecasters, they cost me $550 brand new with hard shell case and when I saw the price tag on the Baja, it convinced me, that I was getting the better end of the deal here. A fine quality guitar for under $800? How could I NOT go home with one?As a dedicated guitarist who loves his Telecasters and everything "tele-related" I think this guitar is the BEST bang for the buck anyone will find. It's truly Fender's best selling model for a reason.

ANOTHER...Awesome Baja Telecaster

I believed before I opened the box that I would love this guitar, partly because I'd owned a Baja Tele previously, and partly because I'm familiar with Sweetwater's attention to detail. When I placed my order, I had every reason to expect an awesome guitar and a great overall buying experience, and I was NOT disappointed.I was the proud owner of a 2014 Vegas Gold Baja Telecaster (among many other Fender guitars) for several months and loved the instrument. I always take a Strat and a Tele to a gig and this one quickly became my "go to" Telecaster. Unfortunately, my guitar playing daughter also loved it and kind of borrowed it. Like, forever.I knew I would need to find another and having had GREAT buying experiences with Sweetwater, I kept my eye on the website, looking for a nice light replacement. One of the best features of the SW site is that the guitar you are looking at is the actual guitar you are buying. All the pertinent info is there, along with high resolution photos, and the WEIGHT of the instrument is shown, so when I saw one available at under 7 lbs., I knew I had to have it, so I placed my order.Fast forward two days, (fast FREE shipping!), my new Baja showed up at my door. Straight out of the box, I knew I had a good one. Intonation was spot on, though I'll probably tweak the action a bit. Everything else (fit and finish, quality of pickups and other parts, etc., playability and tonal options) are all a top notch. I love the chunky V shaped neck and the CS Broadcaster and Twisted Tele PUPS, along with the S-1 switching allow you to play just about anything.To anyone considering one of these, don't hesitate!To Ed. N. (Sales engineer) and the folks at Sweetwater, thank you and keep up the good work!
Music background: Semi Professional Multi Instrumentalist (gig 30-40 times per year)

Great Guitar And Outstanding Service

What got me interested in buying a telecaster was that I always admired a lot of the great country pickers, so I wanted to start playing some country style picking. I'm mainly a rock guitarist, but I also enjoy other styles of music like blues, jazz, and country and my main guitar is a Les Paul. But a Les Paul just doesn't cut it when you are trying to get that country twang. So when I was in a store of a major guitar retailer I happened to be talking to another customer about guitar necks and how I like a guitar with a thick neck profile. As soon as I said that the salesman pulled down a Fender Telecaster Baja and put it in my hand. My exact words were "that's what I'm talkin' bout". The neck on the Baja was so comfortable. The reason why I didn't decide to buy it was because it had a gold speckled paint job. So I went online to check it out at Sweetwater and I am glad I did. I have to admit I was nervous about buying a guitar online and the dealmaker or breaker was going to be how the neck was going to feel in my hand.The feel of the neck was consistent with the one I tried out in the store. So if you are like me, and you like a guitar neck with a bit of beef to it, this is the telecaster for you. The fact that Sweetwater gives you pictures and serial numbers of the exact guitar that you would be buying is a great help. The care that they take in packaging and protecting your guitar is top-notch and the speed at which you receive your order is outstanding. I ordered this guitar on a Wednesday evening and received it by that Saturday. Great job guys!
Music background: Hobbyist
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