I really enjoyed this article. Solid thinking and a clear exposition of the details.
How did I get into baritone guitar? I’m not sure I even remember the motivation accurately. I recall wanting to extend the range of tonal possibilities in my music. For those that don’t know what they sound like, the baritone guitar is featured in the solo on Wichita Lineman. It has a very deep, dark, masculine tone, reminiscent of the Wild West. When distorted, the sound is throaty and testosterone-laden, somewhere between the guitar and the bass guitar. It’s a bit like comparing the viola to the violin. You can create ominous, sombre, emotionally-charged melodies with one. They have a way of gently weeping, if coaxed into it.
There is a growing sub culture of baritone guitar players. Some very famous guitar players have recorded with them, yet it’s still a minority interest. Baritone guitars are sometimes difficult to find, choice is limited and the prices are higher, compared to…
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