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Ric Baritone guitar
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Author:  smokey [ Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:17 am ]
Post subject:  Ric Baritone guitar

Did Rickenbacker ever make a baritone guitar?...I NEED one

Author:  2tensandan18 [ Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ric Baritone guitar

I don't think so, no. And not likely to introduce one either. Good luck.

Author:  Sartori [ Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ric Baritone guitar

Er, can't you just use heavier gauge strings and tune it like a baritone?

Author:  buchrob [ Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ric Baritone guitar

Typically, a baritone guitar has a scale length of about 5 inches longer than a "conventional" guitar and much thicker strings with tension to match.

Author:  Sartori [ Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ric Baritone guitar

Yes, I know that, but why is it absolutely necessary for the OP to have a baritone guitar? What is the reason that a regular guitar with the bottom six strings of a 7-string set won't work?

Author:  jfine [ Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ric Baritone guitar

The bottom six strings of a 7-string set might work, but they'd be awfully floppy on the 24-3/4" scale--not to mention that the bridge saddles and nut would have to be re-grooved, and the tailpiece would have to be modified too. I don't believe Ric's ever made a baritone, but they did make a 6-string bass at one time--the 4005/6, a 6-string version of the 4005 semi-hollow bass. They're so rare that I've never seen one, and if one were to turn up it would go for big bucks indeed.

Author:  Sartori [ Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ric Baritone guitar

I dunno, my guitarist friend has a 7 string, and it's a normal guitar scale. Probably 25.5" though, rather than 24.75", but still no longer than regular guitars. Its strings aren't floppy at all.

Author:  chris51 [ Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ric Baritone guitar

Off hand, I can think of 4 baritones you might try:
1. Fender makes one - I forget the model name, as it's not available as a lefty; a Jaguar,maybe? Check their website.
2. Danelectro makes one; if you like the look but not the Chinese vibe, Jerry Jones makes a look-alike, but MUCH higher quality (and price).
3. An Eastwood Sidejack Baritone; I have one. Sounds really nice, looks like a Mosrite, and you can get it with a tremolo if you're a righty. Very reasonable price, too.
4. Sell everything else you own, mortgage your soul, and have Alembic make you one. I have one of their basses-VERY,VERY nice. All their stuff is active, though. And VERY expensive, but they will make whatever you want.
I'm sure you know that baritone guitars are usually tuned differently than a regular 6-string, and yes, the scale IS longer; about 27", usually - in between a normal guitar and a short scale bass. They're a unique animal, but it's amazing how much rock n' roll they are responsible for. Check eBay frequently for baritones, if you don't want new. Good luck!

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