NAMM 2021: Westerly Collection "BT" models (=Baritone)

highwayman

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John, I see your point. But if you consider the price of, for example, the Elixir Baritone 8string set (here in Germany over 30€; i.e. 36 $), building a custom string set could be worth a second thought, especially if the baritone is not one's every day guitar, which in my case it is not. Thomas
 

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Im Confused?? why does this new Baritone only have 6 strings and not 8 like most other Baritones??
 

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For those of you, like me, wondering what you do up in the baritone range of the top frets, I find a quick and dirty chord conversion chart for the basic chords.
Crap. I may have to get one of the 8 strings. My birthday is in March. It could be my...birthday present.
 

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I am definitely intrigued by the BT240 model.. I like baritones. I have not been particularly impressed with the 240 series thus far..
 

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I own the Alvarez 6 string Baritone. It is a good guitar for what it is.
I am very interested in the new Guild 8 string Baritone though.
May be selling the Alvarez soon.
 
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I own the Alvarez 6 string Baritone. It is a good guitar for what it is.
I am very interested in the new Guild 8 string Baritone though.
May be selling the Alvarez soon.
I own the Alvarez 6 string Baritone and I really like it for finger style playing but its not good for strumming. I plan on getting the 8 string Guild Baritone for strumming and plan on keeping both.
 

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Needing to build a custom set each time you change strings would take some of the fun out of the guitar.
I've actually been doing that for years on a lesser scale by always subbing an .025 G string into D'Addario's Ej-16 set, to replicate the actual gauges in Guild's L-350 lights my dreads came with. Those were D'A, too, and they still offer the appropriate PB025 single so the alloy matches too.

I also ran into the issue of the G string in silk'n'steels I've been using on the F65ce wearing out quickly, fret notching on the high-silver content (softer) .022 gauge G windings.

So I cannibalized the .022 pb from a set of D'A Ej 23 extra lights which the guitar was originally spec'd for, for the first few hours of use of s'n's on the F65ce, and changed in the .022 silk wrapped G for the last few hours of use.

Yeah I thought it would be a little tedious but finally bit the bullet on a beer/woodshedding night.

Was worth the experimental effort to me. Was also kinda neat that I actually had the appropriate pb string on hand to try out. Gratified the "do-it-yourself-er" in me. 😀

Also rewarding and educational to savor the subtle differences in tone and playability the substitution incurred. The pb single's tension at pitch is a wee bit higher than the rest of the set, so requires a bit of extra attention sometimes.

Unfortunately in this case, there's no appropriate single G in s'n's that would let me avoid the work-around, no .024, or I'd get it.
I do like the sound and feel of the fully matched set better. :cool:
 
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