NGD Custom Tele Baritone

edipo

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Never had the chance to have a NGD here!(My last tele was a rental from a friend)

I’ve been postponing for a while to get a baritone and was going to get a Cabronita one, but always thought that a proper bridge pickup would add to the sound. To my surprise Squier had these new baritones with the proper configuration. So I took the bait.

The guitar is beautiful and well finished. I have just played for a few hours with it, but it sounds good. I think the neck pickup sounds kinda dull (edit: cos it had the plastic yet, dumbass!!), but the bridge is what I expected. So far (knowing it’s too early) I’m really happy with it. Already did the twangy-Morricone-reverby thing and also player around with a fuzz and it shines to my taste.

I have a gold foil that I’m considering swapping for the neck pickup, but maybe I’ll give it more time.
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John Stephen

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Very nice! Congrats. Those baritones really sound great. Now I'll be hearing "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" theme in my head all day long.
 

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Congrats as well. I'm not familiar with the Squier Baritone Teles. Do you happen to know what the scale is?

I built my own bari Tele about 7 years ago. I bought a "loaded" Tele Affinity body (everything but the neck) and then ordered a bari neck from Warmoth. The neck was expensive, but ultimately worth it, I felt. I went with it mostly because of its 28-5/8" scale and 24 frets.
 

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Good way to get into baritone guitars the Squires. I am still tempted by a Squire Super 6 (the 6 string sudo bass thing) or one of those baritones but have yet to find one in stock up here in Vancouver. As I just spurlged my airline ticket refund on a fuzz pedal and already have 4 guitars, I definitely don't need a baritone right away!
 

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I dunno about the factory Squier Baratones, but the one that I built, with the Warmoth neck, ended up with a cheap set of sealed tuners I bought off eBay for less than 20 bucks. They're not very good, but they hold tune reasonably well, and they'll do until I get a nicer set.

I was worried that the hole in the tuner I had installed for the 6th string wouldn't be big enough. The 6th string on my Baritone is 0.064" in diameter -- pretty stout, because I tune the guitar to A-D-G-C-E-A, where the low A (6th string) is an octave below the 5th string on a regular guitar. But even that cheap set has holes large enough -- barely large enough -- to pass a 0.064" diameter string through it.

Now, it may be erroneous thinking on my part, but I figure that if a cheap set has holes big enough for a low-pitched bari, then better quality tuners should also have holes at least as large as those found on a cheap set.
 

nickmsmith

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Can you tell if the tuners on your Squier baritone are any different from tuners on a regular Telecaster?
Not sure about this model, but my subsonic baritone neck I have on a tele, takes regular MIM/MIA tuners, and baritone strings fit just fine.

I put tuners off of a MiM standard on mine.
 

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I dunno about the factory Squier Baratones, but the one that I built, with the Warmoth neck, ended up with a cheap set of sealed tuners I bought off eBay for less than 20 bucks. They're not very good, but they hold tune reasonably well, and they'll do until I get a nicer set.

I was worried that the hole in the tuner I had installed for the 6th string wouldn't be big enough. The 6th string on my Baritone is 0.064" in diameter -- pretty stout, because I tune the guitar to A-D-G-C-E-A, where the low A (6th string) is an octave below the 5th string on a regular guitar. But even that cheap set has holes large enough -- barely large enough -- to pass a 0.064" diameter string through it.

Now, it may be erroneous thinking on my part, but I figure that if a cheap set has holes big enough for a low-pitched bari, then better quality tuners should also have holes at least as large as those found on a cheap set.
Thanks. Reason I am asking is, I'm contemplating popping a Fender-made baritone neck onto my Mexican telecaster and it doesn't come with tuners.
 

cooltouch

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I think you'll be fine. The Fender bari neck will give you "only" a 27" scale, whereas my Warmoth bari neck provides a 28-5/8" scale. So you're most likely not gonna need a 0.064" diameter 6th, although there's certainly no reason for not using one, if you want. Tuning that diameter of a string to a higher pitch will give better resonance than tuning it to a lower pitch.
 




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