B3 owners/players: how do the new "fire" models sound?

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  1. Blauserk

    Blauserk Member

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    I am a big fan of Gene Baker's work. I used to own the Matte Henderson B-1 that Austin (atquinn) is now selling in the classifieds section, and it is probably the best guitar I've played in nearly 30 years of playing; if it were a two-HB hardtail guitar (I'm a Les Paul guy, and I get uncomfortable playing guitars outside that familiar format), I would unquestionably buy it back from him.

    So I'm obviously very interested by Gene's latest efforts, the so-called B3 "Fire" guitars, although they're very spendy. How do they sound? Basically like a good Les Paul (with a coil splitter), or are they something different?

    This one made my eyes bug out. If this one had a mahogany mild-v neck (like my old B-1 did), I would be damned tempted, even at $5200. I hate smilies, but I think one is called for here.:AOK

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  2. Blauserk

    Blauserk Member

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    BTT. First I've ever had to do that in a non-emporium post.
     
  3. Mike Dresch

    Mike Dresch Silver Supporting Member

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    That's a sweet looking burst. I love orange to amber/yellow bursts!

    :AOK (there's a smiley for ya!)
     
  4. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't expect a ton of responses, there are only a handful completed so far.
     
  5. TRIODEROB

    TRIODEROB Senior Member

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    I have not heard this version but I have some "inside" info about it
    that would make me think it will be very good sounding.

    I know things about the wood in these that I promised NOT
    to talk about by the guy who sourced it.
     
  6. AD

    AD Supporting Member

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    Would you mind being a little more specific... I'm thinking hard about picking one up.........
     
  7. TRIODEROB

    TRIODEROB Senior Member

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    talk to the dealer about the wood used on that guitar
    I think you will be happy about what you find out.
     
  8. 6120

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    I own a couple of the fire models and one earth model and have sold all Les Paul and Les Paul type guitars that I own as I prefer Genes ergonomics and playability and I percieve the B3 to have superior build quality. The quality of the wood is second to none and I think the current batch of B3]S may exceed quality and playability levels of previous Bakers as Gene is bringing the cumulative skills he has amassed to this project(including his Baker guitars experience). What I mean to say is that as luthiers progress if they are skilled I feel they can hit a "zone" werein they can use everything they have done (both correctly and incorrectly) to create an instrument that defines theIR career and becomes a classic, I think this guitar will be one for Gene. Also Gene is building these guitars by himself. Unlike some previous shopbuilt Bakers where he had help. I think these guitars show tremendous individual craftsmanship and pride . But I thought we we are not suppose to talk about the secret wood? What is the first rule of fight club?;)
     
  9. ButchR

    ButchR Komet Player Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't doubt that the B3 guitars are outstanding. I have a 2001 NAMM B1 '59 that is the best guitar that I have ever played and it is hard to imagine something better than that.

    If the B3's are better, I don't need to play one because I would have to figure out a way to buy it.
     
  10. TNJ

    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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    Alex,
    You've played two Baker RF's...these will probably be similar.
    Waddyathink?
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  11. Mrgearguy

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    Ask this guy...




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    sorry couldn't resist.
     
  12. meangene

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    Wow nice shot! I think thats his real deal vintage LP that was a recent gift to Robben from Larry Carlton. Robben has his new b3 and when it graces his road rack along side any of his vintage guitars that will be a very cool place to be. He can be a little slow at accepting and getting use to a brand new guitar and if he doesnt like one for any reason I build him another until he gets what he's after. Pretty cool story I heard around how that LP got into his hands and how could anyone deny a little love affair with some righteous old wood amongst friends.
     
  13. Jack Briggs

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    I thought Larry gave him a Goldtop.:rolleyes:
     
  14. Mark Kane

    Mark Kane Silver Supporting Member

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    he did, that's his '99 R9 in the photo.
     
  15. Jack Briggs

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    ....which is now cherry??:confused:
     

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