THE 2017 BARITONE ROUNDUP • 27.5" & LONGER

We’re looking at production 6 string baritones that come standard with a humbucker in the bridge position, and are at least 27.5” or longer in scale length.

27.5” or longer because we wanna tune lower than A Standard. So at least Drop G with decent tension and intonation. 

So here they are in order of shortest to longest scale:  

Who Might Care  

• People tuning below B standard or Drop A 
• Those with a preference for 6 strings 
• Guitarists picky about tuning but like to tune way down.  

Eastwood Sidejack Baritone (Blackout) 
Scale Length • 27.5” 
US Retail • $500.00 
Recommended lowest tuning • Drop G 
Manufacturer’s link • Eastwood Guitars 
What’s special • Very affordable at $500.00 US. Mosrite aesthetics are super sweet. 
Down side • You’ll probably want to upgrade hardware and pickups. Not shipping until May 2nd 2017 

PRS SE 277 
Scale Length • 27.7” 
US Retail • $670.00 
Recommended lowest tuning • Drop G / G Standard 
Manufacturer’s link • Paul Reed Smith 
What’s special • Super solid construction (I have the predecessor - The SE Mushok) 
Down side • Pickups are pretty flat sounding. Not available in a standard black finish. Bird inlays are the worst. 

Hagstrom Viking Baritone  
Scale Length • 28” 
US Retail • $720.00 
Recommended lowest tuning • G Standard / Drop F 
Manufacturer’s link • Hagstrom 
What’s special • Semi hollow construction, P90 style neck pickup 
Down side • Bridge pickup has a flat tone. Semi hollow construction makes higher gain settings and feedback a challenge. 

Ibanez RGIB Baritone  
Scale Length • 28” 
US Retail • $700.00 
Recommended lowest tuning • G Standard / Drop F 
Manufacturer’s link • Ibanez 
What’s special • Bass ball-end string ferrule for lowest string 
Down side • EMG active pickups 

Chapman ML3 BEA  
Scale Length • 28” 
US Retail • $950.00 
Recommended lowest tuning • G Standard / Drop F 
Manufacturer’s link • Chapman 
What’s special • Rabea Artist model. High quality components. Tune SUPER LOW! 
Down side • Not available in a standard black finish. Obtrusive brand inlay at the 12th fret. 
Note • Production model not shown. Will ship with a standard humbucker and Hipshot flat-plate bridge. 

MusicMan Silhouette  
Scale Length • 29.625” 
US Retail • $1900.00 
Recommended lowest tuning • Drop F to Drop E 
Manufacturer’s link • Music Man 
What’s special • Long enough scale to use as a Bass IV.  
Down side • Super long scale starts making some guitar techniques difficult. Expensive.

 

Cheers!

Bunn

 

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