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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Any of you boys ever build a bari?

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May 11th, 2018 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  


I've got 6 strings, 12 strings, mandolin, Fender with Gibson scale....but nary a bari.

Seems like just another Warmoth acquisition, but wonder what the preferences may be for accoutrements (pickups, trem/bridge, etc.) I think I'd like a trem but see how that could be problematic with the scale/tension.

M Tracy
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May 11th, 2018 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I built one a few years ago. I used SD blackouts and a 2 point Wilkinson trem. Mines for death metal so probably no help to you. I think I put 12-56 strings on it, they’re a little slinky tuned B to B but it does stay in tune.

Te 52

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May 12th, 2018 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you have extra guitars, here's one way to get a functional baritone:

Remove the strings. Get a new regular 6-string set and discard the top E string. String the guitar with all the strings one space toward the treble from where they would normally be. For the lowest string, get a single string about .008"~.010" thicker than a normal low E string. You will need a new nut or need to enlarge all the existing nut slots.

Tune to BEADF#B. Instant (almost) baritone, at least good enough to let you find out if you really want one.

The tone on the low B string will not be quite as good as an extended-scale baritone, but really not bad.



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Jun 28th, 2018 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've regretted not buying a shop-worn Danelectro Bari lipstick pup guitar from about 20 years ago at the local guitar shop. So, I have a nearly free Squier Strat that I'm considering turning into a bari; including Dano sized lipstick pups, new pickguard, and even a bari-length neck. Problem is, seems only Warmoth sells bari necks to fit strat neck pockets. I really like Te 52's idea to put in a bari nut (I have no slot saws) in a strat neck, and move it all one string down. Am I crazy for putting a WTB advert in the classifieds here for a used bari strat pocket sized neck?

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