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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Baritone guitar time.

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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May 8th, 2019 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Danelectro Baritone long scale with fat strings that I tune C to C. The "normal" guitar begins on the 4th fret where the E note is :o)

But I'm playing some truck-drivin' country tunes and I need a wang bar to lean on. So I went through my library of geetawrs and pulled out the Ugly Baby. It's a Strat I built about 15 years back that I don't play often. It has a Warmoth neck with SS frets, Duncan Cool Rails with a Duncan Strat pickup in the middle, along with a Wilkinson VS-100 vibrato.

I unstrung it, installed a new nut blank, re-strung with a set of Daddario extra-heavy gauge (12-60) strings, and cut nut slots.

I did a setup and this thing is fun! I tuned it C to C, and as long as I don't get too aggressive the strings don't get too floppy and buzzy.

In the position 2 setting (middle + bridge), picked near the bridge, this thing is twangalicious.

Post-trans-gender-operation pic here

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May 8th, 2019 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool!

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May 8th, 2019 10:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Awesome! I am hoping to build a bari Tele at some point. I love the sounds that Kirchen gets on his.

This is like turning a Steinway into a Bosendorfer.



Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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May 8th, 2019 11:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's THE sound of country truckin' tunes.

All I Do is Drive

Achase4u
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May 8th, 2019 11:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

How cool is THAT!

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May 9th, 2019 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I can totally relate.

littleuch
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May 9th, 2019 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's a dandy. I'm curious about the new nut. Do you have specific files to cut those slots or work with what you have and rock the slots open with smaller files?

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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May 9th, 2019 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

littleuch, I have a full set of nut files that go from .010" through .130" in .010" increments; they easily handle bass nuts. All in-between string diameters are achievable via rocking like you mention.

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May 10th, 2019 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool. My only set of files are 10-13-16-28-35-46 and was wondering about slotting my recent acoustic nut change with 12-53's. Rocking/finessing the files seemed to work.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 10th, 2019 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another option is to use a narrower slotting file and fold a piece of 300-grit sandpaper over it.

Finer grits like 400 make nicer slots, but they take longer to cut them. You can ease into the final slot depth with 220 or 300, and then finish it with 400.

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