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A down-and-dirty tone monster.
Its 27" scale length allows it to be tuned B, E, A, D, F#, B for a low, powerful chunk. Special-design Dragster pickups and an Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece enhance the forcefulness of its sound. Vintage-style tuners, chrome hardware, 3-way selector, alder body, and rosewood fretboard on a maple neck.
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The Nurse Ratched of guitars - it speaks over and above the chaos of everyone else's crazy talk and commands you to TAKE YOUR MEDICATION NOW. When the Fender Baritone Special HH is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. No distortion or compression required - If the audience doesn't want to take their medication orally, the Fender Baritone Special HH arranges for the audience to take it some other way.Almost capable of playing a "plucked bass verse/chord rhythm chorus" role, and it might do that with detuning. Just out of the factory the action needed tightening. IF you play it gently with no effects, it sounds like a beautiful, elegant clean electric/acoustic hybrid, but if you play with any aggressiveness it demands the attention of the room.
Finally the Japanese arm have done something right and are pumping out baritones again.PROS: - Sounds incredibly unique. Everyone comments on the sound of this beast after I play a show.- The next baritone guitar in this vein is either not in production anymore or will cost you 3 times as much.- It
To start off, if you order this from MF, be expecting to reset the action on this guitar.Once it is set up, this thing seriously has the sounds to make the kids in the venue you play in fist fight each other. I had thought I might have had to replace the pickups, but man they have extremely high output and are not muddy whatsoever. The trick for clarity on this guitar is to minimize the bass setting on amps.Unlike other Japanese Fenders, this guitar also stubbornly stays in ture as well.My kudos to Fender. I hope they keep making these types of guitars.
To start off, the Fender Baritone Special is the sexiest guitar I own. I own several different noisemakers, and dollar for dollar you can't beat the look of a Jag with the growl of the bari. I play this guitar primarily through a Fender Hotrod Deville 2x12, which lets you hear a lot of the nuance of the instrument, though I imagine this thing could melt some faces if played out through a Mesa. My sound is vintage rock with occasional trips to distortion heaven, and this guitar more than stands up to what I throw at it. Crank your amp's mids and treble with your bass rolled off a bit for the classic Ennio Morricone tone, or go full steam into ultra low tuned sounds without your strings turning to spaghetti, throw on some effects and it's pure science fiction. It's the only guitar I've ever held that can capture vintage country and death metal and do them both well! As far as the factory pickups go, they seem to be serviceable, though I have thought about looking to replace, I don't feel like they offer you a lot of tonal versatility. With such a great amount of low end, if the tone nob isn't cranked to 11 the bass end can get muddy, especially on the rhythm pickup (I keep my lead pup a little closer to the strings to compensate). I find though that for leads my treble boost pedal comes in mighty handy for retaining sonic clarity while maintaining lower notes. Even better about this ax (and generally about baritones) is that it stays out of the way of the frequencies in normal guitar tunings, allowing a lot more sonic room in recordings and reducing the need to meticulously eq two guitars for those of us with less fancy post production gear at the table. The only other feature I would like on this guitar would be a second set of knobs, or at least an extra tone so that switching pickups doesn't mean having to head down and twist, but then I'm probably just spoiled from my LP Custom. Otherwise as another review notes, the neck is fast and extremely comfortable, once your fingers get used to the higher gage strings and higher tension from the scale length you'll be golden. Get this guitar! But don't tell too many people about it, last thing we want is some other person playing Our ax :-)
I somehow managed to sneak an order in late one night for one of these bad boys (seems they are never in stock) but now that it's in my hands I love it. I have another electric bari' (Les Paul '06 Studio). This guitar doesn't have as long of a scale which I think will make it comfortable for those who would like to play a bari' without having big mitts like I do. The stock pickups do a fine job. What really impressed me was how nice the neck felt, fast fretboard and really comfortable to play. For a Japanese made Fender I can't complain. I don't think you'll be disappointed with this guitar for the price if you want one. One recommendation if you buy, order or buy some proper baritone electric strings, what Fender ships these with are WAY light.
I have had this baby for about a week now and I gotta say its awesome. It goes great with pretty much any music you want to play. The baritone gives you a great "CRUNCH" sound and the looks are amzing to with the shape the chrome hardware and even the headstock. Compared to my fender strat this fine peice of hunk blows that one away. Sounds great with or without an amplifire, so if you dont want to spend to much on a more expensive jauguar I would recommend buying this flawless piece!