The Fender Telecaster needs no introduction, so we won’t give it one. What we will talk about is one particular version of it, as Red Dog Music reviews the Fender Baja Telecaster!
Fender Baja Telecaster review – the basics
As you might expect, this Baja Tele has the heart of your down-home Telecaster. Designed by Fender Custom Shop master builder Christopher Fleming, the Baja Telecaster features an ash body and soft V-shape maple neck, a 9.5″ radius fingerboard and 21 medium-jumbo frets.
The Baja Telecaster feels just like a Telecaster should. The neck feels comfortable, quick enough, but still satisfyingly solid, and you’ve got those vintage-style brass saddles on the bridge that, according to many, is so vital for that ‘Tele twang’.
The Baja Tele is kitted out with the Broadcaster and Twisted Tele pickups as featured on the American Standard Telecaster, so you know that you’ve got a great starting point for your tone, but it’s what happens after that that makes it that bit special.
Fender Baja Telecaster switches
With a 4-way pickup selector and that S1 push/push switch built into the volume knob, the Fender Baja Telecaster goes electronically beyond a Standard Tele, but what do all those switches do?
Let’s start with the pickup selector blade switch. On a Standard Telecaster, you get a three position switch to change between bridge pickup, neck pickup and both. On the Baja, the four positions give you the bridge and neck pickups individually – as you might expect – but you also have the choice to have the bridge and neck pickups together in both series and parallel wiring configurations, giving you an extra sound to play with.
Then you have the S1 switch to factor in. Press this in and you get those pickup combinations out of phase. This gives you the option of some quite distinctive tones that are very useful to have at your fingertips and can be quite distinctive.
Fender Baja Telecaster – the verdict
What makes the Baja Tele a bit special though, is that you get this wide a variety of sounds in a guitar that, unless you look too closely at the volume pot, looks just like a regular Telecaster.
No extra pickups, no humbuckers, no controls where there shouldn’t be controls; it’s a straight-forward, hard-working Fender Telecaster. Nothing showy, it doesn’t shout about itself, it just gets on with the job in hand without saying ‘look at me, I am a fancy guitar with lots of special electronic things going on!’
If you want the simple look and classic playablity of a Standard Telecaster with a wide variety of sounds, the Fender Baja Telecaster is for you! As usual, if you want any more information about this guitar or have any other questions, please contact us!
Want more Baja love? Check out our nifty video review with Fender-boffin Damon Chivers.
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