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building a baritone tele. what pickups?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Chet Johnson, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Chet Johnson

    Chet Johnson Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 17, 2008
    Woodsfield, OH
    Hey all! Im building a baritone tele. Ive built a LOT of strats and teles and know how about every pickup out there will behave in 10-46 string guage, and strat scale length.

    With a baritone neck and beaver strings tuned b-b, how much do I need to compensate for output and bright tone? Will it easily overdrive the amp? Should I stay vintage , or are hotter output pickups ok?

    Anyone have experience with a baritone tele?
  2. kinetiq

    kinetiq Former Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    The same pickups you'd put in a non-baritone tele will work fine. The only tones you can get that'll be lower than a standard-tuned guitar are the open B string through the first four frets. The harmonics and sustain are slightly different using longer (and thicker) strings - the anti-mandolin effect - and you'll likely have to turn down the bass on your amp more than usual to blend in a band situation. I'd suggest vintage output as a starting point, especially if you're concerned with bright tone.

    Check out the Earth album "Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method" for some americana-influenced baritone tele. It's hard to pin down Dylan Carlson's gear but I believe he uses Bardens in at least one of his teles, not sure if it's a baritone tuned one or not.
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