The Gibson Baritone Guitar RETURNS!
After what has seemed like a long-awaited return for the once discontinued Gibson Baritone Studio, it’s finally back with a new look and that low slung capability you’ve been missing!
Brought to you by Gibson USA (www.gibson.com) one of the main features of this axe is its’ 28-inch scale. This is 3.75 inches longer than a normal neck, thus adding that extra girth needed for a tuned down setup to sound that much raunchier. Featured in a faded honeyburst finish, there’s no need to discuss how absolutely beautiful this guitar looks.
The Baritone Studio features a 50’s style neck. I’m a little on the fence about this neck size, because as most metal guitar players are going to be playing faster riffs, they’re going to request a thinner, faster neck.
Looking beyond this, the 500t pickup in the bridge is going to bring the pain as well as the smooth 496r in the neck. The 12-inch radius of the fretboard is nice and flat enough. That leaves some room for bending possibilities, not to mention the lower tunings you’ll be playing in will allow your relaxed strings to really bend up and out.
The Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone is an innovative piece that should have never left the Gibson lineup. With its’ long neck, sleek look, and superb playability, it’s no wonder people were so disappointed when they were discontinued. Though, cry no more! The baritone is back, and it doesn’t look like it’s leaving any time soon.
More info on the Les Paul Studio Baritone can be found here.
Steve Krantz is a music enthusiast that resides in St. Clair Shores, MI and plays guitar in the progressive punk quartet Day In Day Out. (www.reverbnation/dayindayout)