Tuning for Baritone 28"

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  1. PitchShifter

    PitchShifter Member

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    Hi Peeps,
    I know that ~27/28" baritones are normally turned A-A or B-B. Is it possible to tune a 28" to E-E the same as the 30" Bass VIs without any serious tension issues (too tight or too loose)?

    What kind of string gauge would work?
     
  2. vandi

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    Owned a 28" scale baritone and currently own a Bass VI. The 30" scale Bass VI is still a little flabby tuned to E. You could try but you're going to have to put some monster strings on your baritone and you'll need a new nut & saddles. I usually go with a heavier gauge E and A string on my Bass VI to compensate for the flabbiness of D'addario's and Fender's stock Bass VI string sets.
     
  3. jads57

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    See hat Fender uses on their Subsonic Strats, or even Tom Anderson offered a baritone at one time. One more maker Veillete Guitars.
     
  4. PitchShifter

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    I've done some more hunting, and the discontinued Fender Baritone Custom was 28.5" and used the same strings as the Bass VI tuned E-E, so it does seem like it is possible.

    I'll use a replica Bass VI tailpiece and bridge. Not sure what to do about the nut...file it, I guess.
     
  5. JoeDeCologne

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    I think E - e on a 28.5" will be very flabby. When you think about it, it's 2 1/2 tones below A - a..! I went in the other direction on my Bari: I tune to C# with normal strings (11 - 50 in my case). Fabulous rich tone. Deep enough for me (any deeper and I prefer to go to a Bass) and very, very 'playable'. If you try E - e and it does work for you, please let us know. I'd love to be wrong, but I'm sure it'll feel real loose and floppy.
     

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