baritone guitar

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
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4 weeks ago
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jost: Thanks for the explanation Dusty, so any guitar could be retuned like this? The Sound is lovely

Jost, in theory you could tune any guitar like this, but I am using a guitar specifically made to be a baritone.  It has extra heavy strings and extra bracing and a strong truss rod to be able to handle the extra tension.  I would be wary of just stringing any old guitar like this.  Without that extra bracing, you might do some damage.  I am certainly no expert on instrument design, however.  The strings mine came with range from .016 to .070.  They are pretty big and give my fingers a workout.  




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jost
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4 weeks ago
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Thanks for the explanation Dusty, so any guitar could be retuned like this? The Sound is lovely


updated by @jost: 04/28/22 09:09:02AM
robert schuler
robert schuler
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4 weeks ago
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Very useful if you sing in a lower key. My long neck banjos are baritone. 30" scale dulcimers make great baritones. .. Robert

Dusty Turtle
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4 weeks ago
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jost: What's the difference to a normal guitar? The tuning?

Yes, a baritone is tuned a 4th or 5th lower than a standard guitar.  So the low 6th string of a standard guitar is the same note as the 5th string of a baritone.  A standard guitar is tuned (from low to high) E-A-D-G-B-E whereas a baritone is tuned B-E-A-D-F#-B.

It's basically the same difference as that between a standard and baritone dulcimer.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 04/27/22 12:52:27PM
jost
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4 weeks ago
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What's the difference to a normal guitar? The tuning?


updated by @jost: 04/27/22 11:55:14AM
Dusty Turtle
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Just got a baritone guitar!  Does anyone else play a baritone guitar?  What styles of music or specific songs seem to work well?




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