Baritone guitars

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Grateful Ape, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Grateful Ape

    Grateful Ape Tele-Holic

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    I'm finally warming to the idea of getting one. However, I note the Dano reissue is no longer cheap. What affordable but decent ones are out there now?
     
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    Check out the PRS SE 277.

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  3. PC_Hater

    PC_Hater Tele-Meister

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    A cheap Tele and a Warmoth baritone conversion neck.
     
  4. Peegoo

    Peegoo Friend of Leo's

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    A bari conversion neck is a good option. There's even a cheaper one...if you don't want to get too crazy, do like I did: I took one if the project Strats I have and set it up (nut, action, etc.) to play super-heavy-gauge strings (.013" - .060"), and I tune it C to C. Works really great for that low-freq twang necessary for country stuff, and it has a Wilkinson vibrato on it.
     
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    Mark the Moose Tele-Holic

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    I had the Tele baritone for awhile, very cool. The reverend is awesome, as is the prs.
     
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    jguitarman Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I would not recommend the Danelectro anyway. I had a bari and after a short while the bridge started to collapse. It was a $400. guitar which I thought was a good price but next time I'll get better quality.
     
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    scelestus Tele-Meister

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    I have a Squier JM that was probably $250 with some dings and a discount.

    I don't think there's much out there that is less than a Dano. Maybe a NOS Eastwood Sidejack hardtail or the Squier used.

    Not all scale lengths are created equal, either! You might need to do some homework and test driving.
     
  8. dented

    dented Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I want one also. I saw a Danelectro Innuendo Baritone with effects for 295. It was on CL here for months. Of course when I went to snag it.....gone. I want 66B with the whammy but the price isn't coming down either. One thing to compare is neck length. There is a big difference between brands. Good luck on your hunt.
     
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    mudbelly Tele-Meister

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    I have the Eastwood Side Jack bari with the whang bar. I have never played another bari but I think this one is great. Sounds good clean and wonderful with various pedals. My only complaint is that I have never been in band that really understood me using it. Here's me and the bari in action.
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    Yeah, check out scale lengths - there's a huge difference between 27" and 30" with the latter feeling more like a short scale bass. The modern Danelectros are 30".

    I use an old 60s Hofner Verythin for baritone duties, only 25.5" scale but with a set of baritone slinkies on it it does the Twin Peaks thing very effectively.
     
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    scelestus Tele-Meister

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    Just to clarify on my own and some other posts, most will be between 27" and 30". The Squier is 30" and I have it tuned A-A. The Eastwood is 27.5" I think, and Danos are 29.75". Gretsches are also 29.75" or so.

    Reverend makes a cool one that's ~26.5" but it's a lot more money.

    I'm sure there are other shorter (27") bari's out there but I don't remember off the top of my head.
     
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    how do those sidejacks play? i've always wanted one but don't want to buy one without playing it first.
     
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    Chapman 500 dollars. Cheap used. Amazing quality.

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    Another option is the Squier Bass VI.
     
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    The Eastwood Sidejack baritone is 28" scale. Which for the A to A tuning I prefer, is a good length. Any scale shorter leads to intonation and feel problems in that tuning, at least in my experience.

    I just sold my Sidejack, as I'd put together a parts tele baritone, and couldn't keep both. The Sidejack is a worthy choice for short money. Excellent p/us, an easy player too if you get a good one. Not all are equally good. I looked at several which had what looked like too steep a neck angle, couldn't get the action low enough. Then found mine, which was perfect.
     
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    Was this an older instrument with the one-piece wood bridge? Or, one of the newer/current ones with individual adjustable saddles?
     
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    I've enjoyed this Agile
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    27 inch scale, 24 frets, pretty heavy. Root beer flame.
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    Here’s my collection of longer scale length Teles.

    The white one is 27-inch scale length with a Fender baritone neck but tuned E-E with 12s.

    The cherry Thinline is 25.625-inch (25 5/8ths) Warmoth neck tuned B-B.

    A Bass VI Danelectro 30-inch scale length tuned E-E.

    All very usable and enjoyable.

    :) Peter
     

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  20. SecretSquirrel

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    I had one and I thought it played great. Really well made, too, and under $400 when I got mine slightly used. The P90s sound good, but I'd put lipstick HBs in it. I recommend the Sidejack for the $$, if you don't mind the large body size.

    I only sold mine because it was bigger & heavier than I like, and I wanted something a little different, so I made a partscaster baritone with a cheap tele body and a Warmoth conversion neck.

    The main reason I didn't get a Danelectro baritone is that I couldn't find one that suited me with a vibrato bridge. I still wouldn't mind owning one!
     
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