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Old August 16th, 2007, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What pickups for a baritone?

Any special pickup considerations for building a baritone? I'm was thinking I might like something in the way of a standard tele pup in the bridge to still get the twang and tic-tac, but maybe something other than a tele neck for chord work - like a Filtertron or P-90.

Also am thinking of putting a Bigsby on this one....wanting to get low, big 'verb craziness.

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Old August 16th, 2007, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Now that you mention it, there really are no baritone pickups (are there? haven't seen any). I like the idea of a tele bridge pup though... low twangy stuff would sound nice. If you're doing clean mellow chord work, I'd suggest the GFS lipstick pup for the neck. Though they are pretty low-output, and work best when clean, they can give you some beautiful sounds. On the other hand, a P-90 would be awesome (low growl). Good luck on your build, a baritone is pretty high up on my "wanted instruments" list!
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Old August 16th, 2007, 10:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Now that you mention it, there really are no baritone pickups (are there? haven't seen any).
Exactly - so it sort of started me thinking, it almost seems like you would want to err on the side of treble. That is, anything that tends to sound muddy on a standard scale doesn't seem like it would fit the bill for a bari.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 08:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is an interesting thread! I'm interested in seeing others responses to the question posed here.

I'm waitin' on a bari neck for a body I have with Seymour Quarter pounders in it. These pups are HOT so it should be an interesting combo with a bari neck!
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 02:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i have dimarzio virtual vintage pro and solo pro strat pups in my quasi baritone and they are very clear and twangy.

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Old August 23rd, 2007, 09:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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For twangy tic tac/6SB tones, the clankier the pickup, the better. I know it's kind of counter-intuitive, but fat sounding pickups that may sound terrific on a regular Tele may be too warm and woolly for a 6SB.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 09:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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For twangy tic tac/6SB tones, the clankier the pickup, the better. I know it's kind of counter-intuitive, but fat sounding pickups that may sound terrific on a regular Tele may be too warm and woolly for a 6SB.
Exactly, what sounds "thick" on a tele, sounds like "mud" on a bari or Bass VI.

You want thin sounding PU's for a bari, it gives it definition. The bari has enough bass on it's own without having something emphasize it even further.

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Old August 23rd, 2007, 10:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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A tele bridge pickup would probably be awesome... mmm low twang.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 11:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Remember another trick for the bari is to turn the bass knob on your amp DOWN all the way, and me personally like to turn the reverb UP.

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Old August 27th, 2007, 05:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I use standard G&L MFD pickups on my Tele baritone. They give a nice twangy tone that I really dig.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry for the brief hijack, but are there considerations for a bigsby on a baritone?
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Old August 29th, 2007, 07:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes there are Bigsby considerations. The biggest concern is string clearance - can the strings fit under the roller bar? This is more of a concern with flat top instruments w/ B5 bigsbys
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My baritone is a Strat w/wiggle stick. It's very cool.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 11:14 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Lipsticks. There's a reason Danos sound so cool.
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Old September 4th, 2007, 02:09 AM   #15 (permalink)
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would something like bill lawrence keystones work out well in a baritone?
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Old September 24th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #16 (permalink)
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My baritone is a Strat w/wiggle stick. It's very cool.
Digging up older threads......

Fezz,

Do you have pictures? Any tuning issues? What size strings are you using? And what is your scale length and do you tune to B or A?

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Old September 25th, 2007, 08:47 AM   #17 (permalink)
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No tuning or intonation issues with the Warmoth conversion neck. I use 74-14's. Tune to either B or A. Here's a pic of it in the middle. I have since switched bodies. The 3TSB now has the rosewood neck, and the oly white has the baritone neck:

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Old September 25th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I asked Lindy Fralin about this when I was building a Baritone hardtail Strat. His comment was "the cleaner the better." So, anything in the 5K-to-mid 6K range would probably be your best bet. That's probably why the lipstick PUs sound good in there. I'd bet that Mustang PUs would sound good too.

BTW - The Strat turned out great with underwound Fralin Vintage Hots (his lowest output model).
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Old October 1st, 2007, 08:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I just finished assembling a baritone Tele from TDPRI garage sale parts. Pickups are GFS, bridge was 60's overwound and neck was a fender-style humbucker (description, not exact names). Sounded pretty muddy with 250K or 500K pots, to the point where I didn't enjoy playing it. But, I just installed 1 meg vol & tone pots, and now it's got all the twang I can use. Also, the neck humbucker still sounds very nice for jazzy chord melody with the tone control rolled off a bit.
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Old June 29th, 2008, 08:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Update?

What pickups did you end up with?

Anyone want to continue this with some of their Baritone pickup experiences? I'm trying to make the same decision myself. I'm not wanting super clunky twang, I don't mind a big sound but I don't want any mud!
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