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Baritone Conversion?
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Author:  Ric5 [ Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Baritone Conversion?

I tried putting heavy strings on a regular guitar and tunning it to a low B ... it didn't quite work ... the neck on my guitar was a little too short ... or maybe I had the wrong scale strings ...

Author:  DaleFortune [ Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Baritone Conversion?

The guitar is not tuned down, you are just adding a low B below the low E with heavier strings and eliminating the high E, it gives a simulated Baritone effect. If you want a true Baritone guitar then you need to start with a 27 inch scale neck and heavy strings, similar to the Fender VI made in the 60's and reissued awhile back or check out a Dan Electro Baritone.

Author:  Ric5 [ Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Baritone Conversion?

yes I understand ... but I think my strings weren't heavy enough ... I got a heavy set but not heavy enough ...

Author:  Mark_Posillico [ Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Baritone Conversion?

The string tension is a huge factor....
I have a 30" scale Danelectro baritone,
and a 28" scale Eastwood baritone.

The 28" scale guitar is very playable....full chords....single notes...whatever...
The string tension is great...I can play it for hours.

The 30" scale guitar sounds deeper.... three or four note chords sound AMAZING...full chords sound a little muddy...single notes sound great.
The strings are so tight, I can't play for more than an hour.

I've tried thicker strings on a telecaster....they were like spaghetti.
Did not like the sound at all.

Author:  KennyHowes [ Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Baritone Conversion?

I strung up a beater 610 once with heavy, heavy strings and got it to work fine, tuning down to B. The slightly longer scale length would be cool though.

Author:  iiipopes [ Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Baritone Conversion?

Remember that the Fender Bass VI was not a baritone guitar in the contemporary sense. It was tuned an entire octave down, like a bass guitar, with flat wound strings.

Yes, if you want to replace the fingerboard and move the bridge to the tail, many guitars can be converted to baritone guitars. Whether you'd want to or not is an entirely different issue altogether.

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