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    Not sure where to post this but this was the closest match. I played a couple Taylor baritones yesterday at Elderly. Dang, I really liked them! Ive never actually played a bari before. I think the first I heard one was Buddy Miller playing one with Robert Plant. Anyway, these were $2100 each so I wont be getting one anytime soon, but I can see myself going down this rabbit hole. I told my wife I played them, and she gave me that look......I said I played one, not bought one......
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    Default Re: Any Baritone guitar players here?

    I have only played an electric baritone once, but I loved it and totally want an acoustic one. I believe Alvarez makes a decent quality one for about $500 which might go over slightly better with your wife?
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    I was introduced to baritones by Paul Chandler at a NAMM show. I had just bought a Danelectro double-neck and Allparts had a Danelectro baritone neck they sold me at the end of the show. I turned my 12/6 double into a 12/baritone just by swapping the necks. Tons of fun plus I can string the baritone as a bass VI with gives me even more options!
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    I'm a baritone guitar geek - I have two of them. One is a very nice Paul Reed Smith SE 277 semi-hollow in vintage sunburst - nice axe. That one's tuned B to B. The other is kind of a Frankenbaritone made from an acoustic bass guitar - some dude out west converts acoustic bass guitars to baritone guitars. That one is tuned A to A and it's a freakin' beast. I don't play them much because it's hard to find music, with other musicians, where they fit in. But as my two instruments are mandolin and bass (upright and electric), and I have a couple of mandolas and an octave, the baritones just fit into my efforts to cover the entire sonic scale. When I finally get a mandocello I think the collection will be complete. Unless there's like a piccolo mandolin or something out there.
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    I have a Walden Baritone that is a good sounding instrument. It definitely inspires me to play some things outside my normal box. I think the Taylors sound really nice online but i've never had a chance to play one. One thing mine doesn't do well is tune down to A - A. If it did I would use it in our uke club, it would be a nice addition since it would be like an octave 6 string uke. Not sure if different strings would help that or not.

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    I like them for fingerstyle mainly, so prefer acoustic. It would also be totally cool to have a bluegrass band with a baritone guitar, mandola, viola, gold tone missing link banjo, and a normal bass. I think that'd be sweet, and it would allow me to sing tenor without hurting myself.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by icuker View Post
    I have a Walden Baritone that is a good sounding instrument. It definitely inspires me to play some things outside my normal box. I think the Taylors sound really nice online but i've never had a chance to play one. One thing mine doesn't do well is tune down to A - A. If it did I would use it in our uke club, it would be a nice addition since it would be like an octave 6 string uke. Not sure if different strings would help that or not.
    Pretty sure both of the Taylors I played were tuned A-A. That big low string was a little floppy, but I think I would get used to it.

    Edit: Nope, Taylor Baritone guitars are all tuned B-B according to their website.

    The Ibanez baritone sounds intriguing. I might have to go shopping.
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    Gold Tone makes a reasonably affordable baritone guitar. Ive tried it in stores and it seems fine but Im not really a baritone guy.

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    I have a Schecter Celloblaster 5 string and an old Ernie Ball Earthwood acoustic guitar converted to a 5 string - both tuned Bb F C G D - i love them both - great for accompaniment...

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    Update: I ended up getting an Alvarez A/E baritone with LR Baggs electronics. With discount at GC it was a little over $400. For the $$ I’m very happy with it and it came set up nicely from the factory. Included was a hand-written note from the guitar tech with instructions on tuning and wishing me good luck with it. It is a jumbo body size and the low B string really resonates in there. I really enjoy playing it, even though it’s a little harder on my fingers due to the heavier gage strings. I haven’t played it in a jam yet but probably will this week.
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    Steve, did you get an ABT610e or an ABT60e? I've been looking at these things but the website says the ABT60e is out of stock until December.
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