Classic Player Baja Telecaster review by Fender

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.1 (115 votes)
Fender: Classic Player Baja Telecaster
10

Sound — 9
This guitar is a tone machine, and will suit for rock, blues, R&B, and jazz. I have a Marshall MOSFET 100 half Stack, and a 60 Watt Crate combo w/ a 12" speaker. I use a DigiTech GNX3 with these amps on the clean channel. The Baja's sound is different because of the S1 switching system and Custom Shop '69 pickups, especially, the neck pickup. The blade switch has 4 positions, w/ positions 4 & 2 which are a combination of both pickups, and S1 switching these pu in and out of phase. In position 4 the pu are in series, parallel in position 2. There is also a more output in position 4, a kind of thin humbucker sound. Position 3 is the bridge pu only and it is a beast. It is the reason the guitar is above average. Position 1 is the Broadcaster pu. This pu can get the glass-like tone a tele is famous for. But with the position 2 and the S1 Switch engaged, I get a Strat bell tone sound. In position 3, I get a richer tone that I thought would not be possible with a single-coil. In position 1 there is a slight hum, but nothing that can't be handled.

Overall Impression — 10
I play blues, gospel, jazz, R&B, gospel, and Christian. I like this guitar because it doesn't feedback and you can play loud clear passages. The overall tone isn't overly bright. My favorite feature is the S-1 switch, which makes this guitar a tone generator. This switch allows for 6 different tones. It has a fatter tone than a Stratocaster, but less of fat tone in comparison to the Gibson. I would buy another in an instant if it got stolen.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will outlive me, and I play the guitar live in many venues, church and coffee houses, w/o a problem. The finish is polyurethane, and will last. The hardware is great. I hate changing strings during playing, so I always have a backup, either my Gibson ES-347 or my Strat Ultra. The strap buttons are Vintage type, but securely anchor the weighty guitar; the Gibson is really a heavy guitar compared to the Baja, and has straplocks. I bought a case for the Baja, cause I hate gig bags.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I paid for the Fender dealer to setup the guitar. I love the barrel style bridge because I like the arched arrangement of the strings. The guitar is a blonde ash body with a perfect translucent glossy appearance. The chrome Ping/Fender tuners add a retro look to the guitar, and stay in tune. The V-shaped maple neck is no problem to get around. The Black pickguard is single ply and came with a single nick on it; the guard is not flush(factory defects).

Features — 10
With their years of building experience, our Custom Shop craftsmen created a "dream list" of specs, and this customized '50s-style Telecaster guitardesigned by Master Builder Chris Fleminghas it all! Special features include a soft V-shaped neck, custom pickups with four-way switching, knurled chrome knobs and "Custom Shop Designed" neckplate.

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    StraightxXxEdge
    No,no,no...Christian is also a seperate genre. It's called CCM (Contemperary Christian Music). It covers anything from gospel-like pop to Kutless and Switchfoot. Besides...religion is just believing in the precepts of a dead guy. Christians believe in someone very much alive.
    You mean Christ, who died twice ?!
    Leep_dog
    I just don't understand why so many people argue over whether a certain guitar can or cannot play METAL. Any guitar can play metal. Find a guitar you like, whatever it looks like, who cares. Just find one that you personally like, one that feels comfortable to you, one with a neck you like and get it. Plug it into your amp and see how it sounds. If it can't get the "metal" tone you're looking for, then go buy an overdrive or distortion pedal.
    Sparda93
    Talking about metal here, k, the guitarist in Obituary uses Fender Strats, he plays Death Metal.
    Jakenathan
    jpgr1987 wrote: When I tried it in GuitarGuitar it failed to impress, the overall sound was pretty weak and because of the extra hardware in the body it's hideously unbalanced in terms of weight.
    You must have tried a weird one cuz I've got mine in front of me and all of what you said is nothing like mine.
    mcpopi
    The guitar is perfect!I fell in love with this guitar from the first time I saw (and listened to it of course!) and although I was looking to buy a strat I couldn't leave the store without her! (honey blonde with black pickguard). And now this guitar is my passion!Wonderfull tone,the one I have is very ballanced, and amazing feel! And the soft V shape of the neck- no problem- after two hours you get used to it!(and I'm a girl, I have small hands!) I love this guitar!
    tmd9314
    jpgr1987 wrote: When I tried it in GuitarGuitar it failed to impress, the overall sound was pretty weak and because of the extra hardware in the body it's hideously unbalanced in terms of weight.
    Really, I just played one of these yesterday and to me it was very balanced and the weak sound is normally what i hear from humbucker lovers talking about any tele. To me it is the perfect tele tone. Just my thoughts.
    -old$ch00!-
    The neck on this guitar is amazing. Touch style tone ecerything I could ever ask for for the style I play. For the price its worth every penny. Excellent Guitar IMO.
    ProgFolk12
    ^ good luck finding a tele...no any fender AT ALL that will play metal. It sounds like a tele should! Why should it do metal, that would ruin everything this guitar and the company fender strive to achieve. And it's really not that expensive. The quality of MIM fenders is often better than MIA gibby's at 3x the cost
    Met_Ali_15
    529.99 for a Baja Tele in Lake Placid Blue. Played it today and it is so amazingly awesome. Reckon I should pay the extra 70 for the finish?
    Blompcube
    ProgFolk12 wrote: ^ good luck finding a tele...no any fender AT ALL that will play metal. It sounds like a tele should! Why should it do metal, that would ruin everything this guitar and the company fender strive to achieve. And it's really not that expensive. The quality of MIM fenders is often better than MIA gibby's at 3x the cost
    Don't be ridiculous. They are better value for money by quite a long way, but in no way are they even of a comparable standard of quality.. and as for the tone - well that's like comparing apples to oranges. You probably find the fenders better because you like fenders better.. i like fenders better and like my gibson best of all though, if that makes any sense! But i do love my baja tele (even though it's still in the shop, nearly paid for, i go in every week to play it!) - the soft V neck took me a while to get used to but now it feels as though it was tailor made to the dimensions of my hand! And i don't even like maple fretboards that much lol. I notice that one of the reviewers couldn't find an obvious difference between positions 2 and 4 on the switch, which really does surprise me. The position 4 is somewhat mellower, fatter and louder - it sounds almost humbucker-like because the 2 coils are connected together identically to how a true humbucker's coils are wired together in series, but a little different since the 2 pickups are at opposite ends of the body.
    FOB_ROCK
    For a fender telecaster it has a great price tag and sounds and plays amazingly, totally 10 out of 10
    moose1512
    ProgFolk12 wrote: ^ good luck finding a tele...no any fender AT ALL that will play metal. It sounds like a tele should! Why should it do metal, that would ruin everything this guitar and the company fender strive to achieve. And it's really not that expensive. The quality of MIM fenders is often better than MIA gibby's at 3x the cost
    jim root iron maiden ect.... no fenders arnt for metal.../pacepalm
    Engel22
    Fender can do Metal, it just requires the right setup and pickups. Maiden have used Strats to great effect for years, and Jim Root only helped by showing the versatility of the Tele as a Metal guitar. Skindred's guitarist is using Fenders, and many other bands are slowly coming round to the idea, so there is no boundary on where Fender can go musically.
    jpgr1987
    When I tried it in GuitarGuitar it failed to impress, the overall sound was pretty weak and because of the extra hardware in the body it's hideously unbalanced in terms of weight.
    BackDoorEntry
    wtf, those problems are laarge to the people who are very lazy. And for the price of that guitar, and the name associated with fender, the negatives seem like a disappointment overally. I want a tele that can play EVERYTHING, including metal if need be.
    philmytele
    great guitar, the S1 switching is pretty cool, but i don't seem to use it a lot, but the option of having so many tones is fantastic. sounds great with some distortion, great grindy sound. the hardware i think is extremely well balanced considering the stuff inside, sounds fantastic and has a great vintage sound for such an affordable price!
    pete-c
    On another note (sorry for double post, can't edit) who edits these before they go through? Someone's added a bunch of grammatical errors and randomly put caps on the first letter of words that don't need them :\
    pete-c
    Fuzzle wrote: after fixing the problems it works fine? what kind of reliability review is that?
    Being honest? Can't really say 'after fixing the problems it still didn't work' cause that wouldn't make sense. Or 'there were no problems' when there was. I fixed the couple of (like i said, minor) issues and now it works fine, can't really think of another way to say it.
    Fuzzle
    after fixing the problems it works fine? what kind of reliability review is that?
    ibikinz
    picklepopcikle wrote: oh my days i want that guitar soo much in blonde. drools...
    +1
    TheFreeBird
    jpgr1987 wrote: When I tried it in GuitarGuitar it failed to impress, the overall sound was pretty weak and because of the extra hardware in the body it's hideously unbalanced in terms of weight.
    yeah i can imagine. if im ever gonna get a tele, im gonna throw an extra pickup or two in there and replace all of the hardware.
    deanosaurx
    "Christian" is not a genre, it is a religion. And you said gospel twice, which i think covers the christian part. But Telecasters own.
    sg4ever
    deanosaurx wrote: "Christian" is not a genre, it is a religion. And you said gospel twice, which i think covers the christian part. But Telecasters own.
    No,no,no...Christian is also a seperate genre. It's called CCM (Contemperary Christian Music). It covers anything from gospel-like pop to Kutless and Switchfoot. Besides...religion is just believing in the precepts of a dead guy. Christians believe in someone very much alive.