#1
Hello,

I'm planning on getting a baritone guitar and tuning to it to Standard, since I like the feel of the extra inches of scale but don't really the lower tuning.

What are some good options out there? Budget is $1000, give or take.

I play praise/worship mostly but also dabble in alternative stuff (the B-52s, U2) to slightly heavier (Emery, Linkin Park is heavy as it gets, not too much).
#2
May have to cut a new nut if you intend to tune it to E standard, if I'm reading your intentions correctly. The baritones I'm familiar with tend to come stock with a 68 for the low B.

You can get the LTD SCT-607B. 7 string 27" scale. ESP doesn't put massive strings on their production models. 56/46/36/26W/17/13/10, apparently.


If you're in the US, check out this site: http://www.rondomusic.com/
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#3
I liked the PRS SE Mike Mushok when I tried it, and it would work perfectly for the stuff you want to play. Give it a look.
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#6
Quote by Always-Ben
Hello,

I'm planning on getting a baritone guitar and tuning to it to Standard, since I like the feel of the extra inches of scale but don't really the lower tuning.

What are some good options out there? Budget is $1000, give or take.


Great idea -- with a 27" (or so) scale, you get piano-like bottom end clarity.

Rondo Music has a potload of Baritones, including a whole lot of 27" scale guitars well under $1000. This one's flat black, but there are a ton of other color options:

http://www.rondomusic.com/AL627flatblk.html

Here's one in red quilt ($359):

http://www.rondomusic.com/product6981.html

Lots of superstrat shapes as well.
#7
Schecter makes some sweet baritone models, including a couple "super-baritones", with 30" scale, tuned a full octave down from standard. Check out their website.
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Quote by the_bi99man
Schecter makes some sweet baritone models, including a couple "super-baritones", with 30" scale, tuned a full octave down from standard.


A 30" scale six string tuned down an octave is, by definition, a short-scale six-string bass. I have no idea why they'd call it a "super baritone."

That's sort of like calling an 18" subwoofer that cuts off at 140Hz a "super-heavy metal amp."

Gotta love marketing departments.
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Quote by dspellman
Great idea -- with a 27" (or so) scale, you get piano-like bottom end clarity.

Rondo Music has a potload of Baritones, including a whole lot of 27" scale guitars well under $1000. This one's flat black, but there are a ton of other color options:

http://www.rondomusic.com/AL627flatblk.html

Here's one in red quilt ($359):

http://www.rondomusic.com/product6981.html

Lots of superstrat shapes as well.


Those look pretty good, will give them a closer look later. 27" scale is indeed what I'm looking for, no 30" scales for me.
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Quote by dspellman
A 30" scale six string tuned down an octave is, by definition, a short-scale six-string bass. I have no idea why they'd call it a "super baritone."

That's sort of like calling an 18" subwoofer that cuts off at 140Hz a "super-heavy metal amp."

Gotta love marketing departments.


They don't actually call it a "super baritone". That's just what I started calling it, because they don't seem to have a special name for it, and it's not listed as a bass. They call it a C-VI.
http://schecterguitars.com/guitars/hellraiser/hellraiser-c-vi-detail That's the model. I think the only differences from what would typically be called a short-scale six-string are that it has a considerably thinner fingerboard than I've seen on short-scale sixers, and guitar pickups. They also have a couple models in more classic shapes, the Ultra-VI and the Hellcat-VI, which have the same basic idea. 30" scale, octave down, thin board and guitar pups.
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#11
Jericho: 27" scale 6 & 7 strings.

http://www.jerichoguitars.com
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Quote by the_bi99man
They don't actually call it a "super baritone". That's just what I started calling it, because they don't seem to have a special name for it, and it's not listed as a bass. They call it a C-VI. .


Since the OP is planning on tuning to standard, this might not be the guitar for him.

Another choice might be a Soloway Swan (27" scale neck). Jim Soloway plays mostly jazz, and has built his own guitars with 27" necks (tuned standard) for a long time. Perhaps the most comfortable guitars I've ever played, especially the "Single 15." He'll even built you one with a 1 13/16ths" nut width, and the extra 1/8th" will continue all the way down to the custom-made bridge. He called it a "fingerstyle" neck, but I think we've both agreed it could also be called the "comfort" neck; with a 16" radius, it's just amazingly nice to play, especially with a 27" scale. Expensive-ish, though (er...custom made guitar?).
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Quote by dspellman
Since the OP is planning on tuning to standard, this might not be the guitar for him.

Another choice might be a Soloway Swan (27" scale neck). Jim Soloway plays mostly jazz, and has built his own guitars with 27" necks (tuned standard) for a long time. Perhaps the most comfortable guitars I've ever played, especially the "Single 15." He'll even built you one with a 1 13/16ths" nut width, and the extra 1/8th" will continue all the way down to the custom-made bridge. He called it a "fingerstyle" neck, but I think we've both agreed it could also be called the "comfort" neck; with a 16" radius, it's just amazingly nice to play, especially with a 27" scale. Expensive-ish, though (er...custom made guitar?).


Sadly, Soloway is now on indefinite hiatus :/
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Quote by Always-Ben
Sadly, Soloway is now on indefinite hiatus :/


Ecktually, no. Last I spoke to him, Jim had handed over construction of his guitars (for the most part) to another custom builder who does outstanding work, and if you email him, he will introduce you. The only drawback is that the same guitar now costs about $500 more.
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Quote by dspellman
Ecktually, no. Last I spoke to him, Jim had handed over construction of his guitars (for the most part) to another custom builder who does outstanding work, and if you email him, he will introduce you. The only drawback is that the same guitar now costs about $500 more.


Sadly, that sounds like out of my budget. Maybe later when I get that promotion....