With their years of building experience, Fenders Custom Shop craftsmen created a "dream list" of specs, and this customized '50s-style Telecaster guitar designed by Master Builder Chris Fleming has it all!
Special features include a soft V-shaped neck, custom-shop designed pickups with four-way switching, knurled chrome knobs and "Custom Shop Designed" neckplate.
Hailing from Ensenada, Baja California, just over the Mexican border, the Classic Player Baja Telecaster has many extra features not found on the Standard model. There are also a few spec differences, so lets see what they are!
The headstock is classic Telecaster, gloss to the front and rear, with Fenders spaghetti logo and TELECASTER in block capitals on the front, the serial number and Made in Mexico on the back, along with a single row of vintage style machine heads with small buttons.
The back of the Maple neck has a heavy gloss lacquer and Fenders familiar Rosewood Skunk Stripe. The fingerboard is part of the same piece of wood, again heavily lacquered, with large black dot position markers and 21 medium jumbo frets a nod to a more modern feel, along with the 9.5" radius board, great for easy bending.
The neck is a 'soft V shape', quite different to the easy going neck on a Standard, this one is a real handful, very chunky and solid feeling.
Set up beautifully at the factory, as all Fenders are before we get them, we have a action of 2mm at the 12th fret, the nut width is 43mm.
The neck is bolted to the Alder body, the Chrome neck plate at the back is beautifully engraved with Fender Custom Shop Designed.
The body itself is a proper old slab of wood, no chamfering, beveling or anything here. Rounded corners is about all you'll be getting!
The body on this version is gloss black, so no woodgrain on show, and we have a matching single ply black scratchplate, held on by 5 screws only, giving a very cool appearance.
The bridge has 3 brass saddles, arguably tonally best, and here we have a Custom Shop Broadcaster pickup, a more powerful pickup with a stronger mid range.
At the neck end, we have a Custom Shop 'Twisted Tele' pickup, again a higher output than standard, with a silver/nickel cover instead of brass that gives a sound tonally closer to a Strat pickup.
Onto the controls, and we have a 4 way pickup selector, master tone, and a master volume that also has a push-push switch in the top to active the S-1 switching.
So, what do these extra controls allow you to do?
On the slide switch, positions 1 and 3 are your bridge and neck pickups in isolation, position 2 is both pickups in parallel and 4 both in series. Then you have the S-1 switch, hit this and positions 2 and 4 go out of phase, giving a 'hollow' sound with much less body and depth, more jangle and brittleness.
With all of these tonal possibilities at your disposal, the Baja Telecaster makes for a very versatile instrument, great on a dirty channel with some beautiful raw sounding noise, probably best on a clean channel or lighter distortion where the powerfully clear pickups and tonal options give a more useful range of tones.
A Custom Shop designed Telecaster with amazing pickups, tonal options for series and parallel and in and out of phase options.
A Super Telecaster!
All products on our website are in stock unless shown as 'Call 08452222603 To Order', this means we can deliver your order to you very quickly, subject to payment authorisation. The next dispatch date is shown against each product, and below is an indication of when you can expect your purchase.
All Guitars are Checked Before Dispatch
All Guitars go through our 12 point checking procedure to make sure that it passes our standards before shipping. This helps ensure your guitar will reach you in perfect condition. All guitars are checked against our 12 point check list and once passed, have a Guitarbitz quality control sticker attached. In addition to this we want to ensure that no harm can come to your guitar on the journey between us and you and so we have a rigorous packing procedure involving multiple protective layers. If you notice that this packaging is damaged when delivered by our courier, it is important to check the goods and if damaged, refuse the delivery and call us immediately. For your peace of mind, we have outlined the 12 point check below to show how we are passionate about your instrument.
|1) Finish checked for imperfections or damage
||2) Strings tuned up and tested for tone and playability
|| 3) Neck checked for bending or humps
|4) Truss rod adjusted for correct positioning
||5) Frets examined for playability||6) Bridge checked for position and hold on strings
|7) Strap buttons tested for secure fitting
||8) Neck joint examined
||9) Machine heads turned and tested for secure grip on strings|
|10) Nut tested for secure fitting and correct string height
||11) Switches, volume and tone controls tested for faulty connections||12) Pickups checked for responsiveness|
For more details on our checking and packing procedure, please see our 12 Point Check and Packing Procedures page.
When You Will Receive your Order
Guitar accessories - strings, straps, stands, tuners and other small items
• Orders weighing less than 2kg are posted via First Class Royal Mail on the dispatch date shown.
• Orders weighing less than 2kg with a value over £30 will be sent First Class Royal Mail Recorded Delivery on the dispatch date shown.
• We cannot guarantee a delivery date for these orders, but First Class post usually takes 1-2 days.
Guitars, Amplifiers and larger items
• Orders weighing over 2kg are sent via our next working day courier service.
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We can deliver to the following European countries,
• Zone 1 - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Spain - £30 (including TAX) per order.
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• Zone 3 - Switzerland and Norway - £75 (excluding TAX) per order.
Please note that we can only deliver international orders to the billing address of the credit card used. These orders typically take 3-5 working days to be delivered, you can still track your orders via the Internet in the same way.