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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Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster - Blonde with Maple Fingerboard
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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.

Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Solid ash body with a single-ply black pickguard
  • Vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body Tele bridge
  • Two single-coil pickups and custom wiring setup
  • Maple neck and fingerboard with soft "V" shape
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 Solidbody Electric Guitar 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
The Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster is 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 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

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The Incredible Sweetwater Strikes Again

The level of customer service that Sweetwater provides is unsurpassed today. In an era of increasing automation and dehumanized customer service, Sweetwater does it the old fashioned way, and they do customer service at the highest level. I can wholeheartedly recommend Sweetwater to the upcoming buyer. As for the Baja, its great. Vintage and modern together in a wonderful form!
Music background: Student

Outstanding Guitar

I've been playing guitar off and on for fourteen years, and this is by far the best guitar I have ever owned. I was fortunate enough to pick one that has a single piece ash body and the neck profile is fantastic. Granted my previous experience has been with two affinity tele's and more recently a classic vibe 50's tele, same color obviously as I am a blackguard tele guy. I replaced the factory 10's with 11's to beef up the sound and all I can say is wow. The custom shop pups sound great through my blues junior iii, and the four way switching and S1 switch give it some unique sounds, all of which I find useful in various circumstances. Great for all genre's from blues, classic rock, country and then some. This one is definitely a keeper.
Music background: Hobbyist

Great guitar, great service

This is the first time I've bought a guitar by mail. I have to say the guitar itself is incredible, great sound, everything works perfectly. Guitar was in pristine condition and packed extremely well, arriving in excellent condition. The folks from Sweetwater were terrific, following up after the sale to every detail of the shipment, and even Emailing me when Fedex delivered it. Incredible company, fantastic customer service. I would never hesitate buying anything from them.
Music background: amateur guitarist

Baja Tele

Except for an occasional static when touching the pick guard this instrument plays exceptionally well. I was worried about the bridge and intonation issues. None. It also stays in tune amazingly. I've tuned it maybe twice. The plethora of sounds you can get with the setup is totally blowing my mind. From amp to amp to recording it morphs into whatever you can imagine. Truly an outstanding instrument at a truly affordable price. Every guitarist should have one. I wasn't sure I would like the wider neck but in just a few weeks it has become my favorite. I also have a '90 Tele Deluxe Plus, a (I think) around a 2005 Nashville Tele, which I adore and a Mexican Strat that a friend put American Strat pickup setup in, all with rosewood fingerboards and I still favor the feel of the maple neck, size and all. This guitar is a winner.
Music background: Amatuer musician, hobbyist
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