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Any love for baritone guitars?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by drewsblues, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Tele-Monster

    Tele-Monster Friend of Leo's

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    I'd love one, but I play in a 3 piece band and I'm not sure I could make it work in that arrangement.
     
  2. Octorfunk

    Octorfunk Tele-Holic

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    I've owned 2 baritones. The first was a PRS Mike Mushok, which I sold, and currently I own an Eastwood Sidejack DLX.

    The Sidejack is higher quality, but both sound amazing.

    I keep it tuned B-B, and it just sings. There's something about a baritone that just makes you want to sit & play for hours. It sounds silly, because all you're doing is playing the exact same stuff in a lower range, but there's something intangible about it that makes it special.

    I'm not a baritone snob, I'd never pay a ton of money for one (got my Eastwood for $375), but if you have a chance to get one at a decent price I would before is buy another regular electric guitar. I would highly recommend an amp with a 12" speaker, I think an 8" or 10" just doesn't do the baritone justice.

    It works particularly well in a band situation with other electric guitars, because it sits right between the guitars & bass, without getting in the way of either. Also, if your band tries to avoid using the same amps/guitars (2 Teles, 2 Marshall's, etc) to keep the guitars from running together, this is a good solution for that as well. Our band used to have 2 guys playing Tele's through Blues Jr's, which really made our tones difficult to separate. However, I started playing the baritone through my Blues Jr and it completely solved the problem.

    Obviously I'm a fan, you can't hardly go wrong with a baritone. That being said, I've read VERY mixed reviews in the Fender Blacktop Baritones. My PRS was used & fairly beat up, had a hard time staying in tune, hardware seemed cheap... My eastwood is much nicer, came with a Bigsby-esque bridge/tremolo, all-around nice guitar.
     
  3. Bigsnaketex

    Bigsnaketex Tele-Meister

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    I've got a Gretsch Baritone in the 30" scale. . . it's a silver sparkle jet and it sounds great with a full band.

    I seems to offer a whole 'nother dimension in layering sounds to me but I would never play it as the only guitar player though. Just use it to blend with. . .

    I even tried to tune it standard with baritone strings but that was a muddy mess.
     
  4. dbickford

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    Not really. But I do have a hankering to bolt up a short 24 3/4 scale Partscaster someday.

    And string it up with 7-38 Reverend Willys.
     
  5. JohnnyLarge

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    T-Bone Tele-Afflicted

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    As someone who picked up guitar after learning to play ukulele, I've often thought of getting a baritone, and tuning it A to A. No need to transpose all the uke chords I've learned!
     
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    Ooh that Setzer's good!
     
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  9. bo

    bo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I have a Dano '63 Bari I got cheap at a guitar show. It had some fret problems. Had it PLEK'd and now I'd put it against anything. While the '63 is a hair neck heavy (but it weighs in at Dano weights so it's hardly awful) it is perhaps the twangiest instrument on earth. I love it through a DR or Vox Pathfinder.
     
  10. Octorfunk

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    My Eastwood baritone is for sale if anyone is interested, feel free to message me.
     
  11. VWAmTele

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    The first song I'd play if I owned a baritone.

    Glen used Carol Kaye's Dano Long Horn baritone on the recording, though he's using a Fender VI here.

     
  12. Sc0tch

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    I have prs baritone and the tones are pretty cool. I play heavier music so lower is better right? The cleans on it are really cool too since you get a darker overall tone. Never played the fender, but I'm sure you would still get those cool chord sounds. Also I saw that warmoth sells baritone necks, is it really that simple to just put on a tele body or do other mods have to occur.?
     
  13. rmjdees

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    It's as simple as that. You may have to intonate it and raise/lower the bridge saddles.

    I bought a squire with a warmoth neck. I put it onto a Mexican power Nashville.
     
  14. JebDude

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    Baritone a 'one-trick pony'? I think Bill Kirchen has about seven minutes worth to say about that. Though I confess I'm not 100% he's playing a bari in this cut.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Rl1zNIpzg

    JB
     
  15. bo

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    That's just his old "noburst" Tele. I did see him do a gig where he said he forgot his baritone and used a standard Tele tuned down a full step and then given a "dropped D" tuning ("Dropped C" I guess) and used that instead. Definitely works in a pinch.
     
  16. quedecree

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    This was done with the Fender Blacktop Baritone Tele: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=913925&songID=12704519

    All the guitars (clean/bass/lead etc) were done with the Tele through an Line6 HD 300. I'm really enjoying the Tele - it's not so deep that you can't treat it like a normal guitar and it's got a good neck, reasonable pups and really nice finish. I've put hipshot griplocks tuners on it - (I think the guitar deserved much better tuners than stock) and 14-68 d'addario strings. Overall, I'm quite pleased with it. I think I could have a lot of fun with a floyd-rose equipped version..... :)
     
  17. Itwang

    Itwang Tele-Meister

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    Check out my Logan Tuxedo Baritele. Looks like a tele, but more low down twang! 28.5 inch scale, 4-way switch, Dimarzio Twang Kings, mmmmm.......love it. Sure ain't no one trick pony. I play all styles of music on it, fingers, picks, it just don't matter no how. It also loves my pedals. I think of it as a capo in reverse, if you follow me......
     

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    Damn, it won't show all the pictures.
     

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    +1
     
  20. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

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    I have a 30"bari (OLP MM knockoff with SD Jazz pickups)), but I use it in an unusual way. I have it strung with 13-56 and tuned to open D or C for slide, and I have a conversion capo (shown in the pic) to use it as a lap steel. I even put an inlay at the 14th fret to act as a secondary octave marker when capoed at the 2nd fret:

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    In many ways it is comparable to Ry Cooder's use of a bari that came up in a recent thread, it seems to have tonal advantages. I used it as my electric slide guitar at gigs for a long time, mostly as a lap steel, and the audiences seemed to like it.

    I spite of the long scale, it is overall only about 1/2" longer than my strat.
     
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