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JStizz

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long story:
so, my house has a big room with a PA that we use as a rehearsal space and we also let a couple other bands share it with us for free, cuz we like them and theyr great people. well, one day, were sorting through the mess that is everyone's gear and as im sifting through my pile of guitars that i dont use i came across a guitar that i know wasnt mine...

a Fender Jaguar Baritone.

now, we asked all the other bands and our friends that come through the rehearsal space and no claimed it. since i, nor anyone of my roommates, has a need for a baritone guitar we are going to sell it and have it pay for our utilities for a few months.

short story:
my roommates and i have discovered a baritone guitar in our house and no one has claimed it. we are going to sell it to pay for utilities.

moral:
can someone please explain to me how to tune a baritone guitar? ive heard of a couple different ways so i am unclear. whats the point of a baritone?
 

8Painting

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I'd probably hold out for a little while longer and just ask around to see if someone accidentally left it there. It was obviously someones honest mistake since baritone guitars dont come flying out of the sky randomly.

I can understand your motives and making some money to pay for utilities, but if and when the person comes back that accidentally left it there finds out you sold it, they might be a little sad.

Not to mention, its bad karma.

And to answer your question, I think bari's go from B to b.
 

JStizz

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let me say, we found it in September and have been holding out because we were waiting for someone to claim it.

i dont think we're in the wrong here anymore.
 

musicman1

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I agree with you JStizz...someone should have claimed the gtr by now. Dont worry about bad karma after all YOU are the one allowing other musicians to use the space for free and electricity ain't cheap. The bari is kind of a gift IMO.

I believe a bari is tuned in standard tuning intervales with the lowest string being an A one octave below the 5th string of the standard gtr. So it would be from low to high A D G C E A. I could be wrong about this though as I dont own a baritone but I always thought the bari was tuned above a bass but lower than a gtr.
 

JStizz

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I agree with you JStizz...someone should have claimed the gtr by now. Dont worry about bad karma after all YOU are the one allowing other musicians to use the space for free and electricity ain't cheap. The bari is kind of a gift IMO.

I believe a bari is tuned in standard tuning intervales with the lowest string being an A one octave below the 5th string of the standard gtr. So it would be from low to high A D G C E A. I could be wrong about this though as I dont own a baritone but I always thought the bari was tuned above a bass but lower than a gtr.

i agree. my understanding is that it is a medium between standard guitar and bass. when we pulled it out of the case it was tuned just one octave below and guitar, E to e. but other baritones ive heard discussed are tuned either B to b (a perfect 5th down) or, as you said, A to a. so im stumped.
 

scottlr

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I agree with you JStizz...someone should have claimed the gtr by now. Dont worry about bad karma after all YOU are the one allowing other musicians to use the space for free and electricity ain't cheap. The bari is kind of a gift IMO.

I believe a bari is tuned in standard tuning intervales with the lowest string being an A one octave below the 5th string of the standard gtr. So it would be from low to high A D G C E A. I could be wrong about this though as I dont own a baritone but I always thought the bari was tuned above a bass but lower than a gtr.

Setzer tunes his to "B".
 

8Painting

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let me say, we found it in September and have been holding out because we were waiting for someone to claim it.

i dont think we're in the wrong here anymore.

I dig then. As long as its been a reasonable amount of time.

Not that my opinion is going to do anything, hahaha.
 

JStizz

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So, what have you lost from that pile, that you haven't noticed, yet?
Better check.

we did an intensive cleaning a couple weeks ago and eveything i remembered was mine was there. im not worried. plus, we set some rules to make sure our space never gets that bad ever again.
 

JStizz

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alright Antero, i suppose you missed my sarcasm when i said "moral." i was implying "my reason for this post," if you will.

whats the point of bass? i assume to fill parts of the sonic spectrum that guitars and everything else cant. but my real question derives from the concept that a baritone is the medium between the two (guitar and bass) and if you already have a guitar player and a bass player, why have a baritone?

let me use an example:
you have two players in a band setting: one plays bass or guitar, the other player can choose from what is left or a baritone. what does the other play? if you've already got guitar, whats the point in using it as a bass, cuz baritones cant go as low as a standard bass? and if you've already got bass, a baritone obvisously can't reach the upper range of a standard guitar, so again, whats the point in using it as a guitar?

just a thought. i guess im looking for a baritone player to chime in and say something profound...
 

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Viola players have had that same question asked of them for centuries.
"So, if we have cellos and violins, what are you good for?"
The correct answer is to sit in between the two to keep them from fighting.
 

ghoti

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You know how a lot of bands have two guitars, bass, vocals, and drums? Well, if one of the guitars is a baritone guitar, it gives the band a different sound than a "regular" setup would.

It's kind of a "niche" instrument but there are some indie bands these days that use them. Metal and jazz also uses them, except usually they're 7-string baritone models there.
 

Gas-man

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Tuning to A or B are both acceptable and commonly used tunings for barrys.

I had mine tuned to B and it was a delight.
 




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