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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The unconventional Telecaster fan will appreciate the unconventional style of the Classic Player Baja Telecaster. Designed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Chris Fleming, it looks like a traditional Tele®, but boasts several mods that transform it into a full-voiced true Classic Player, such as Custom Shop-designed pickups, special tone circuitry and switching, and more.
The Classic Player Baja Tele's four-way pickup switch adds a fourth tonal variation to the standard Tele complement. Position four combines the neck and bridge pickups in series for fatter tone and higher output, creating raw rocking tone. For even more tonal versatility, pushbutton S-1 switching presents special pickup and wiring modifications. On this special Telecaster model, the S-1 switch is built into the volume control knob and changes the pickup wiring from in-phase to out-of-phase when both pickups are on. This already-distinctive Classic Player Telecaster model also features a specially voiced Twisted Tele® neck pickup and stinging custom bridge pickup, both from the very best of our best, the Fender Custom Shop. The "soft V" neck profile (the shape of the neck in cross section) on this instrument has a distinctly comfortable fretting-hand feel that takes the more pronounced sharpness of a ’50s "V" profile and "softens" it into a somewhat more rounded shape. Ideal for players with larger hands whose thumb extends over the edge of the fingerboard. With authentic design and performance that evokes the Telecasters of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, this model features an American Vintage telecaster bridge with three saddles. As if this instrument’s innate coolness and terrific features aren’t enough, it’s also designed by the acclaimed master builders of the Fender Custom Shop.
The Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster - a classic Tele with vintage style and modern touches!
|Number of Strings||6|
|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|
|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|