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A group for the discussion of playing the baritone guitar in its various tunngs.

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Latest Activity: Dec 29, 2014

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Anyone else using Half-Nashville baritone tuning? 1 Reply

Started by Paul Walters. Last reply by Erik Gran Dec 29, 2014.

NGD - Alvarez ABT-60 1 Reply

Started by Paul Walters. Last reply by Ken Bonfield Dec 13, 2013.

Baritone Guitar - How to Play? 5 Replies

Started by FloridaGull. Last reply by FloridaGull Jan 17, 2013.

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Comment by Marty McKimmey on July 12, 2013 at 1:07pm

Hi John!

I have a Taylor 6 string, It has slight intonation problems with the B errr F#. I am not sure what to do about it. I was told to call Taylor. It is something that has happened over time.

Have you changed string gauge recently?

Comment by John Tobasco on March 3, 2013 at 2:34pm

Anyone else have issues with intonation on their baritone?  Mine is a Martin.  It has a beautiful sound.  But as you go up the neck toward the bridge, it gets more and more out of tune - especially on the 3rd string.  On an electric with an adjustable bridge it's an easy fix.  Any ideas on how to fix this on a baritone acoustic?


Comment by Patrick Michael Alaggio on January 3, 2013 at 11:24am

Find yourself a little known but fantastic luthier by the name of Nikkos Appolonio who lives in the northeastern USA. He makes magnificent baritones... just ask Paul Stuckey of PP&M.

Comment by Jonathan Lee on January 3, 2013 at 11:19am

B-1 Baritone by Walden Guitars. The Official Word. WEBSITE INFO (w/video & sound clip) here: DEALER TESTIMONIAL + Additional pictures here: (B-1 in stock and ships free within Canada & USA). B-1's "first night out" article by Walden Artist Sean Harkness here: Official Press Release here: Guitarist Magazine (UK) Review: Featured in the February 2013 issue (Print and digital versions are on sale 11 January 2013)

Comment by HenryM on July 21, 2012 at 10:11am

Baritone alternate tunings are no different than standard guitar alternates.  Most are slackened, but some are tightened.  Playing the DADGAD equivalent is sheer beauty on a baritone!  (AEADEA)

Tuning higher?  Sure, but you might want to use medium sets of standard strings instead of the baritone sets.

Capos?  Several baritones have 15 frets to the body.  My baritone (Martin J28-LSE) is a joy in the upper frets.  You can reach above 15 is needed.

Comment by Dennis on July 21, 2012 at 8:45am

My Alvarez ABT60 has arrived.  I ordered the Alvarez to experiment with before sinking big $$ into a baritone.  For embarassingly under $400, this is the guitar bargain of the decade; sounds and plays at multiples above its price point; even has abalone inlay. The classy HSC is a winner too; beige canvas skin w/faux leather trim .  I'm eager to experiment with different strings to get the best from it.  I already call it my goosebump guitar.

The tunes I want to immediately start working on each have different tunings, and I'm quickly becoming confused.  I have two initial question for experienced baritoners:

1.  Are alternate tunings always downward on all affected strings?  

2.  Should I have any concern about tuning a step or two higher if the tuning pushes lower strings into the really gravelly bass range?  A capo won't work because several parts use frets above 15.

Comment by FloridaGull on July 17, 2012 at 7:57am

Ladies and Gentlemen - the new Walden Baritone:

Walden Baritone Acoustic
I don't know when they'll be available, but it sure looks killer!
Here's what the Premier Guitar website has to say...
"Walden’s new baritone acoustic has a grand auditorium body with a solid Sitka spruce top, laminated rosewood back and sides, bone nut and saddle, rosewood fretboard and bridge, and tuning machines with soft, vulcanized knobs. It’s priced at $800 for the acoustic and $1,100 for the acoustic-electric, and both come with a hardshell case."
What do you good people think?
Comment by Dennis on July 16, 2012 at 12:21am

I'm awaiting delivery of my Alvarez Baritone and came across this group.  I love the idea of a baritone for dark Celtic airs and slack key but the "proof's in the puddng". If the ABT60 is made as nicely made and sounds as good as their AP70 from the same series, it will be a great bargain. I'll know in a few days. 

Comment by Erik Gran on December 18, 2011 at 3:07am

Read about Pat Metheny and the way he tunes his baritone, with the 3rd and 4th string raised and octave, and a fifth below standard, ie. ADGCEA. Tried it out, and it really opens up the sound in closed "jazz" chord voicings. Well worth a try!

Comment by Olav Loef on September 30, 2011 at 12:29pm

Have You already seen this soundtest?

Martin Tallström on his new "me made" baritone

Recorded on a Zoom Q3!



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