4-String Baritone

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    I'm starting to plan my next guitar. I'm thinking of doing a 4-string baritone set up for BEAD tuning. Basically, take a 7 and throw away the high 3 strings (actually, I wast thinking of making a cigarbox-type guitar with the extra strings).

    Design ideas so far:

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    The top one is similar to my last design. The bottom is a radical departure. No idea how practical it is. Trying to make an ergonomic guitar look more metal. Note the controls (volume knob, a couple of switches for the pickups) will be on the front edge, down far enough so they don't interfere with playing. THat's my plan anyway.
     
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    Prophetable Prophet For Profit

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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Reminds me of those old Schecter Celloblasters, extended scale 5-strings.
     
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    Very strange to say the least, why cut the range? Genuinely curious.
     
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    I don't care how practical it is. I want to see it get done! :yesway:
     
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    Borland has been rocking the 4 string baritone since 99, has always been a project I have wanted to tackle, I was always just going to mess with a cheapy bass and route to accept a guitar pup though :p
     
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    I'd say do that klein-inspired shape is probably where I would settle.
     
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    The first guitar I made was not so good, and I ended up removing the higher two strings because they basically didn't work, but I find the four-string idea to be a lot of fun for rocking out on. Borland plays one (not that I'm much of a Bizkit fan). Max Cavalera plays a six with the higher two strings removed. I mostly play rhythm stuff on my seven, as well, and the high strings mostly feel in the way. Just seemed like a fun, unique project. Something you can't buy in a store.

    I went with this design over modifying a bass or something similar because basses have necks that are nearly as wide as a 6 string. I wanted the spacing to be roughly equal to what it is on a six, while also maintaining a reasonable string spacing. These are in 27" scale length.
     
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    So and ERG djent stick...? :lol:
    Seriously though I'd rather see someone using this than using one string on an eight. When someone needs more than six they get a 7/8, when that is too much they just go back to six. Mind as well give chuggers freedom to get a SRG (short range guitar xD) instead of forcing them to buy eight strings for the baritone scale.
     
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    Great idea! Look up Tenor Guitar on google, you'll probably find a bunch of cool ideas and maybe some hardware and pickups.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I'll check it out.
     
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    What I like about the second design is it is a departure from what I've typically done (the more klein-inspired designs). I may do a pine prototype and see if I like the way it feels.
     
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    I've always loved Borlands Cremona guitars (above) such a nice shape...If I were to make one, I'd replicate that shape. Mmmmmm. :)
     
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    It's a cool guitar, but I gotta be me.

    That mask on the other hand....
     

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