8 Baritone Guitars Compared • BO/019

8 different baritones ranging in scale lengths from 27.5” to 30”.

There are many differences in construction and pickup configuration. How big of a difference is there between them all and “what baritone should I get?”. 

Rather than talk about it, we’ll play them all back to back so that you can hopefully answer the question - “Which one of these would be good for my own heavy riffs?”. 

Comparison Details 
As always, we only focus on the dirty tones here, and all playthroughs are on the bridge pickup. EQs are flat, tuning is G Standard and strings are Curt Mangan .014 to .068 Baritone strings. The amp tone is EXACTLY the same for every guitar. Nothing special - Bias FX Pro V1. Treadplate and double Screamer. The recording level is -6db Peak for every guitar. 

The Guitars 
Eastwood Sidejack Baritone • 27.5” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Dimarzio Virtual P90 Humbucker 
CTS 500 ohm volume & tone, Mallory .047uF capacitor 

PRS SE Mushok  • 27.75” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Seymour Duncan Invader Humbucker 
CTS 1 meg ohm volume, no tone, no capacitor 

Ibanez RGIB6  • 28” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Seymour Duncan SH6B Distortion Humbucker 
CTS 500 ohm volume, no tone, no capacitor 

Warmoth Tele Conversion  • 28.625” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Lace Alumitone Standard Humbucker 
CTS 500 ohm volume, no tone, no capacitor, switch & neck pup disconnected 

Danelectro 56 Baritone  • 29.75” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Danelectro Lipstick Single Coil 
Stock 250 ohm volume & tone 

Gretsch Jet Baritone • 29.75” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Stock Gretch Mini Humbucker 
Stock 500 ohm volume & tone. Switch & neck pup disconnected 

Squier Jazzmaster Baritone • 30” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Pickup Wizard Wide-range Humbucker 
CTS 500 ohm volume, tone, switch & neck pup disconnected 

Ibanez SRC6 • 30” in scale 
Bridge Pickup • Stock EMG 35HZ Bridge Passive Humbucker 
Stock Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band Active EQ

Personal Takeaways 
Even though I have all these guitars, I have never played all of them back to back in this way. The results were very illuminating. Very surprised with how in a mix, to me, they all sound satisfactory for heavy music and remarkably similar. There are differences, but I expected bigger differences. Second surprise would be the feel and play of each guitar. Each one influenced or hindered my playing in very different ways and in bigger ways than I assumed previously. 

The Danelectro sound sticks out the most for me and was the most fun to play. If it didn’t have the noise…
What did you hear? What do you prefer?

Cheers!
Scott

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