With rock bands tuning lower and lower, there is desire for a guitar that can handle the low riffs and power chords without losing string tension. The Fender Baritone Tele is tuned B to B, so right out of the box I have the ideal instrument for all my drop tuning needs. I used to buy heavy gauge strings and set my guitars up so they could play in drop tunings, but nothing compares to playing a guitar built for them.
Ok, so first off I have to say thanks to my Sweetwater rep, Bob Furlong! What a great guy!
Now on to the guitar... This guitar came perfectly tuned out of the box. The neck feels amazing. I used to own a PRS SE Mushok, but it just wasn't the baritone for me. I sold it to buy this one, and I'm glad I did. This is a very diverse instrument. I love getting a little of that tele twang when using the neck and middle pickups together, the humbucker has some great rock tones. I have seen other reviews saying that other people had intonation problems out of the box, mine was perfect. There is some slight fret buzz on the low B string, but it's not horrific by any stretch. I will be replacing the string guide, because its putting too much angle on the strings in my opinion. That is a cheap and easy modification however. Over all, I would say that if you are looking to buy a baritone, you should really consider this one. Also, the classic copper finish is far more impressive in person. I love it!
I can sum up this guitar in one word awesome !!!
I play blues ,an it has expanded my playing , new sounds ,
It is fun learning all that it has to offer !
Nice, well rounded beast
As a music producer working on a wide variety of music I'm thrilled to have picked this up. I've been interested in a baritone for quite some time, and finally got around to it - I'm glad i did. The baritone is a wonderfully versatile instrument that can go from deep dark heavy metal, to psychedelic space-out, to country, to pop, funk, jazz, and so on. It has a weight to its sound that is really solid, and higher notes ring out with a tone that simply can't be easily matched on a normal guitar.
What led me to pick this particular guitar was that I felt it was one of the better overall values - good looking, good brand, good features, and of course good sound.
The fit and finish are perfect, it may be MIM but the quality of the body and neck do not lag far behind American made models. The action is good, while the heavier string gauge takes a little getting used to, the action is nice. The electronics are good - the middle pickup and 5 way switch give a very good range of options. I'm often very critical of bridge pickups, but this one sounds pretty decent. They don't stack up to my custom made harmonic designs pickups but for a stock option on a relatively inexpensive guitar, they are very respectable.
the tuners could probably be a bit better, and it would have been a nice touch to offer a push/pull pot to split the humbucker into a single coil, but of course those are both relatively easy mods to do later if you like. For the price though, I don't find any real shortcomings in the guitar, and while I will probably make a few upgrades to it at some point, it plays and sounds nice right out of the box.
If you are looking for a super-sparkling tele spank, this is only going to get you part way there due to the low tuning, bridge style, and pickup choices. It has a little tele spank, but its not so much of a specialist as it is a jack-of-all-trades, meat & potatoes kind of guitar that will provide you endless possibilities in a wide range of settings
not what I expectec
It has some problems right out of the box. inferior electronics and mim expected lesser quality pickups. I am doing upgrades because I like the versatilty of the ssh version. Thats just my taste. Intonation problems at the low end needing to work on the bridge to get it right. get a pro to do it, its too much to try unless your skilled at adjustments beyond normal. Does not fit in normal case, make sure you get a long neck case. Its not a pro but with additions it sings now.