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Baritone guitars?

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I'm intrigued but have never tried one. What's a good entry-level baritone guitar?

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See: 'entry-level'

We're talking cheap here.

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10 minutes ago, hamerhead said:

See: 'entry-level'

We're talking cheap here.

That is cheap. C'mon man, we all know you use $100 bills in your walls for insulation!

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Shhhhhhhhhhut up! Next thing you know Shawn will be at the door asking to borrow 'insulation'.

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I've been intrigued by these guitars for a while now. There are quite a few entry level models by Danelectro, Fender and Gretsch for around $600 and then the next step up being Jerry Jones, Anderson, Chandler for three times as much. My problem is I can't find something in between! My problem is that I'm a gear snob AND I'm cheap. :lol:

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I've heard good things about the Squier 'Modified' Bass VI, it's got Jaguar pickups, a 30" scale, plus it's got a trem!  No affiliation:

https://davesguitar.com/products/fender/vintage-modified-bass-vi-3-color-sunburst/

I didn't use the 'regular' Fender/Squier website listing as it still lists fingerboard wood as rosewood...maybe it still is nowadays, maybe it isn't.

Here's some wood trivia: the one listed at DGS uses Indian Laurel for fingerboard wood, I'm starting to see new Epiphones use this as a Rosewood substitute, too.  Guess what?  Indian Laurel is related to Korina (Limba); but on the Janka hardness scale, it's rated a little harder than Pau Ferro (and LOTS harder than Limba/Korina), and only slightly softer than Indian Rosewood:

https://www.wood-database.com/indian-laurel/

https://www.wood-database.com/pau-ferro/

I believe ESP LTD and Schecter makes some imported Baritone guitars as well:

https://www.espguitars.com/pages/extended-range

...or do a Google search for ' 27 inch scale length electric guitars new'...something recent should pop up there.

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Reverend baritones enjoy a good reputation though I think they all sport humbuckers. The one I've been holding out for is a fender subsonic. It has an appropriate string tree and single coils plus its scale length is well into baritone territory (unlike many others). 

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If you have a Strat or Tele you don’t mind swapping the neck on, you could get a Warmoth conversion neck for around $200. That’s for a unpainted neck so you’ve got paint/tuners/nut to deal with which you could elect to have warmoth do as well. 

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I've got a Squier Bass VI, and really like it.  Technically not a baritone, I guess, but if you

use light strings and play up the neck, you can get into that territory.  And played as a

bass with heavier strings, you can have a lot of fun with them.  Not too expensive, though

they recently had a price hike.  Still a good deal...

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I have a Fender Subsonic and it is a really fine guitar. It sounds different even played in standard tuning

The PRS SE 277 seems like a good one, and there is a semihollow version with P90 as well. It looks like it is now discontinued so you might be able to find one at a cheaper price.

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Trying to align the picture

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I picked up a Danelectro baritone from an HFC'er up here a few years back that is a pretty decent guitar - plays and sounds good and the new ones are around 400-500ish.  Best bang for the buck imho would be throwing a $200 Warmoth baritone conversion neck onto any strat or tele you have lying around (Birchwood Casey gunstock oil is an easy finish, and just add a nut and tuners and you're good to go).

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I'm with Stonge - the a neck is the cheapest route if you have a F-style guitar lying around.

Stike may or may not be wrapping up one of those for me as I type this...

 

DBLTele 032119 bari neck.jpg

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