Baritone Guitars

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  1. Julia343

    Julia343 Member

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    I don't know whether to put this in the guitar section or the bass section, so I'll put it here.

    I'm into playing metal. I've hit a wall on a 25.5" scale in Std C especially when I go to drop Bb or drop A. The bottom end gets quite flabby. I'm already at 60s and going to a 70 is starting to seem ridiculous.

    Recently my favorite store had an ESP baritone Viper I'd played around with, but not really yet into the real low tunings I put it on the back burner. It was sweet too, but alas ESP no longer makes it, and it was gone.

    So suggestions here? I know nothing about these except that the scales are longer and their standard tuning is B-B'. It would be used for that chugging rhythm.
     
  2. Help!I'maRock!

    Help!I'maRock! Member

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    i ended up getting a Danelectro, but that wouldn't necessarily work for you.

    PRS has a Mike Mushok sig baritone in their SE line. i played one that was excellent at Rudy's Music in NYC. very highly recommended. would probably fit the bill for you.
     
  3. ScioBro

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    I think most folks consider a baritone to be a guitar with up a 30" scale (27.5", 28", 30")
    that is tuned to B or A and uses a string set starting with a 0.013 for the littlest string.

    fender made a Sub-sonic (strat w/bridge humbucker...mass produced. And a tele from the CS)
    that was at 27.5" scale (I believe) and used a smaller string set (11 ~ 64) Not sure what key was the recommended tuning.

    I put together one like that using a 28.5" warmoth conversion neck for a Tele and used the Fender Sub-Sonic string set (not offered anymore) I tune it to C (4 half steps below E)
    The smaller-than-true-baritone string set allows for more normal guitar feeling/string bending.

    Love it. Same old licks take on a whole new meaning/sound/result.
     
  4. Tone_Terrific

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    My bandmate just picked up a Fender Jaguar baritone. He said it was 27 in scale, B on the bottom, and it plays very nicely. Not for band use, but he has to have one of nearly everything.
     
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  6. Julia343

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    All set necks here, so no Warmoth conversion possible. Thanks for these suggestions. if there are more, keep them coming.
     
  7. AjayTele

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    Fender CIJ Baritone Special. Plays beautifully, B-B tuning.
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    !! That's what I played!!
    Very nice indeed.
     
  9. The Last Rebel

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    I don't think they're being made any more, but try to check out a TV Jones (really a Gretsch) Spectra-Sonic C-Melody baritone. As the name implies, it's tuned to C so you can get that big grand piano type baritone sound.

    EDIT:
    I had originally read your post without contributing, but came back later after remembering the TV Jones, but I had forgotten you were looking for a metal baritone. So, my recommendation is probably null and void.
     
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    Here'smine, but not really suited to metal....

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