Converting to Baritone?

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  1. Ryan0594

    Ryan0594 Tele-Holic

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    Hey guys!

    Just a quick question ...

    If I have a standard 25.5" scale Telecaster, could I convert it to being a baritone simply by installing a different neck?

    If so, what should I look for?

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
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  2. shupe13

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    I believe it's that simple. Other than intonation of course.

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    Yes. Warmoth, USCG, and WD all sell what they call baritone conversion necks which are designed for a longer scale length, but the same spacing from neck pocket to bridge as your Tele. They're not cheap, running around $200 give or take 50. I'm planning a partscaster build with a Squier body, HH pickguard, and a baritone conversion neck. Should be an inexpensive metal machine.
     
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    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    This was cover recently, and yes, you can buy a bolt-on baritone neck from the suppliers mentioned above and you’re good to go.

    Things to consider are the tuners as the string gauges are bigger and may not fit through the holes of certain tuners (I’ve never had a problem and use Gotoh locking tuners with the height adjustable posts) and what string gauges to use dependent on the tuning you want (B-B, A-A or others).

    I use the Fender Baritone 250R which allows me bend on my 28.625 Warmoth baritone equipped Thinline.

    Here’s the aforementioned thread:

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/baritone-guitars.989713/#post-9457371

    :) Peter
     
  6. Ryan0594

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    Cheers for the help guys!
     
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    I just wanted to echo the posters above. Converted a Nashville tele into a baritone. Turned out great, good luck with yours!
     
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    I converted a Strat to a baritone with no neck swap. What I did change was the nut (I re-cut the existing nut for larger strings) and I installed a heavy-gauge string set (round-wound, .013" - .060"), tuned it C to C, and set it up for easy play and good tone. Total cost: $7 for the strings. It is *perfect* for playing those twangy truck-drivin' tunes.
     
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