11 February 2011

Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster

I have been laying off the GAS list for a while now with work in main priority. I finally gave myself a well deserved reward after all the work i have been putting into my career and family. I picked up this piece pre-owned. I bagged her on a very good deal. Much less than a MIJ Tele that i had originally set my sights on. She's in excellent condition. No scuffs and bruises whatsoever. Just a little tarnish on the hardware which was easily polished up with some "Mr Brasso".

There's this thing about Tele's that keeps me drawing back to them like a bad rash. The Baja Telecaster is a Mexican made model that was designed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Christoper Fleming who is also responsible for building instruments for many artists including: John 5, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, John Mayer, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh and Ron Wood.

This isn't your typical Mexican made model. This Baja Telecaster is something else that is worth a mention. It's build quality is excellent and choice of materials used for the build is simply better than some of the CIJ's , MIJ's and even MIA's that i have handled.


Video Courtesy of Gregs Guitars




With a mixture of vintage and modern features, The Baja Telecaster is an extremely versatile instrument. The voicings from the Custom Shop Broadcaster and Twisted Tele pups make a great match. The S-1 switch gives the Baja Tele it's uniqueness and offers players additional voicing options to toy with.

Another unique feature of the Baja Tele is it's Soft V neck which is slightly chunky yet extremely comfortable unlike the necks found on vintage styled 52's which is rather big for my liking. You won't find many Soft V shaped necks on teles and that would be one of the main draws on me picking this Tele.


Specifications:

Model: Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster
Body Wood: Ash
Finish: Thin polyester
Colour: Desert Sand. Also available in Vintage Blonde with a black pickguard.
Neck & Fingerboard:1-Piece Maple
Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Radius: 9.5"
Scale Length: 25.5"
No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
Neck Profile: Soft "V"
Nut: Bone
String Tree: Round Width at Nut:1.625" (41.2 mm)
Pickups:1 Custom Shop Twisted Tele (Neck),
1 Custom Shop Broadcaster (Bridge)Pickup Switching:4-Position Blade Switch:
Position 1. Bridge
Position 2. Bridge and Neck (Parallel)
Position 3. Neck
Position 4. Neck and Bridge (Series)
S-1 Switch: Phase switch

Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware Plating: Chrome
 
Machine Heads: Ping Vintage Style, slotted
Pickguard:1-Ply Parchment
Bridge:Vintage Style 3-Saddle String-Through-Body Bridge Saddles Brass Strap buttons

Just a word of caution. 

If this guitar ever drops while it's strapped on during a show .....

Never mind the guitar, Beware a broken foot!

This guitar is extremely hard built and weighs like a rock!

Rating: 9/10