#1
So whats the deal with baritone guitars?...(sorry for the bad seinfeld reference)
I've gone to the guitar shop and I've seen some and I was wanting to learn more about them. Like what is the "standard" tuning for them and how differently they paly from standard guitars.
thanks in advance
#2
The scale is 27" or greater. They play the same as a standard six string, but the lower frets are slightly larger because of the extended scale. I don't tune mine higher than Drop B. The string tension makes me uncomfortable. It generally stays in B standard.
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#3
Baritone guitars are usually tuned a fifth lower (A D G C E A), a fourth lower (B E A D F# B) or an octave lower.

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#4
Right, but there are some crazy (but great) guitarists that use higher tunings on them, like Die from Dir en grey, who has a baritone tuned to Drop C# (1/2 step down drop D) xDD
I don't wanna know how hard it would be to play on that axe xD
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#5
In theory you could play in any tuning on a baritone, as long as you have the right gauge strings. They normally come stock with something like 13's or so, but there is no reason why you cant tune up a bit with some lighter gauge strings, Robb Flynn from machine head tunes up to drop B on his baritone V.
#6
A baritone basically allows you to have lower tuning with a lighter gauge of strings than you can on a normal guitar, because of the extended scale.
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#7
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Right, but there are some crazy (but great) guitarists that use higher tunings on them, like Die from Dir en grey, who has a baritone tuned to Drop C# (1/2 step down drop D) xDD
I don't wanna know how hard it would be to play on that axe xD


thats impressive!
dir en grey ftw!
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#8
But how do they sound? I've always wondered that. A downtuned normal scale guitar (e.g. Meshuggah) sounds a lot different from a bass guitar.
#9
lol Meshuggah dont use a standard scale guitar, their custom Nevborns and Ibanez 8 strings are around 30" long to compensate for the low F# they use....the lowest i think ive heard they've gone is down to F.