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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / Fender Baritone Special HH - the Nurse Ratched of Guitars

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Apr 28th, 2010 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just out of the factory the action needed tightening.

With no other guitar on stage, cutting through a large combo or a horn section, the Fender Baritone Special HH might work well in its intended role at baritone, but I couldn't find a need for the baritone sound it generated.

Then I put Ernie Ball Super Slinky Pink strings on it and uptuned it to normal "tenor" EADGBE tuning.


With slinky strings in EADGBE tuning, the string response feels like a regular-scale guitar.

If you play the Fender Baritone Special HH gently with no effects, it sounds like a beautiful, elegant, clean electric/acoustic hybrid, but if you play with any aggressiveness it demands the attention of the room.

I call it "The Nurse Ratched of Guitars" - it speaks over and above the chaos of everyone else's crazy talk and commands you to TAKE YOUR MEDICATION NOW. When the Fender Baritone Special HH is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. If the audience doesn't want to take their medication orally, it arranges for the audience to take it some other way.

Would buy again. Would replace if stolen.

Basil White

The Deathbillies

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