April 11th, 2008, 04:21 AM
Just wondering .......... i'm kinda half thinking my playing life isn't complete until i get me a baritone, so, i'm thinking of a self build but was wondering two things :-
What would the string guages be for 'A' to 'A' ?
would the machines have to be drilled out to take the thickness ?
Any thoughts ..................
April 11th, 2008, 08:48 AM
I doubt it. I had a Gretsch double neck with a bass VI on top and it used standard guitar tuners w/ a low E string of about a .090 or .095. Didn't the Fender Bass VI use the regular Klusons as well?
April 11th, 2008, 09:14 AM
Thanks for the reply !, thats good news if i don't have to get the drill out !
April 11th, 2008, 11:53 AM
I think if you stay with Gotoh 'klusons', they'll be able to handle the load.
Makes sure the central hole at the split shaft will fit a string that large in diameter. Just looking, I'm wondering if .080 might be the limit on the Gotoh hole. The Ping has a bigger central downhole, but that machine head isn't tough enough to handle the strain, IMO. And the '69-'72 reissue style with the trapezoidal body is out 1) Ain't strong enough and 2) the central downhole might take a .052 and that's about it.
You could always load the string across the shaft and not down the hole, I would suppose.
April 11th, 2008, 11:55 AM
Big John...I had a Dano Baritone awhile back tuned A to A and these gauges worked well for me .072 .060 .048 .030w .020p .016p
April 11th, 2008, 12:01 PM
Thanks again guys :grin:
Maybe i'll buy a .72 guage and see what fits.