Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

A history of the six string bass and the evolution of the baritone guitar

Baritone guitars have been around for almost 50 years, but they still remain a mystery to many players. Here’s the low-down on guitars that go that bit deeper than normal by British guitarist and collector Paul Day (May 2006)

First off, what does the term ‘baritone guitar’ actually mean? The dictionary defines baritone as being a male voice between bass and tenor. Substitute standard six-string for the latter title and the phrase then becomes an equally accurate definition of the actual instrument. Simply put, a baritone six-string sits halfway between a bass and a guitar, at least in terms of tuning and practical playability. The former aspect is commonly A (a 5th) or B (a 4th) under concert pitch, while scale length is usually extended sufficiently to better cope with the slacker string tension that results from tuning down such...

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