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 Post subject: baritone guitar / six string bass question
PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 4:43 pm 
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I was recommended to start using a six string bass in my band (this is six string like a Fender VI or a Danelectro so they meant a baritone guitar). The idea of playing a deeper rhythm guitar as well as the ability for bass runs seems attractive. Has anyone here actually had any experience playing one and how it sounds in a band? Also, do they even make lefties for these things? Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: baritone guitar / six string bass question
PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 5:22 pm 
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A shame Ibanez doesn't make this in a lefty... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQcUL_eqMFM

But, I'm sure our forum experts will weigh-in and let you know what's available out there....

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PostPosted: March 8th, 2019, 6:43 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: baritone guitar / six string bass question
PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 12:35 am 
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There are a few lefties here.

https://eastwoodguitars.com/collections ... ne-guitars


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PostPosted: March 9th, 2019, 2:00 am 
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Schecter makes/made the Hellcat VI that was available left handed and looks and sounds cool. Revelation makes a rather lovely and very affordable Fender Bass VI interpretation too.

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 Post subject: Re: baritone guitar / six string bass question
PostPosted: March 10th, 2019, 6:28 am 
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I used to own a Schecter Hellcat VI. Fantastic sounding instrument, but I just never found enough use for it. Great not only for copping bass when needed, but those classic Cure or Ennio Morricone "Spaghetti Western" tones too. Ultimately, I found that I could get close to those sounds when occasionally needed using my Line 6 Variax (tuned down) or EH POG pedal on a guitar instead.


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PostPosted: March 10th, 2019, 1:20 pm 
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Thanks everyone - great info!


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2019, 7:35 pm 
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When I think of a Fender Bass VI, I think of Sergio Vega, of Quicksand and Deftones. There are a few cool clips out there of him playing the VI. - apologies I’m at work so can’t dig them up. Here’s a quick interview where he talks about the introduction of the VI and his tuning:

https://www.musicradar.com/news/deftone ... -to-guitar

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I always think of Dutch rock and roll guitarist Hank the Knife 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: baritone guitar / six string bass question
PostPosted: March 13th, 2019, 11:52 am 
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I have the revelation one. It gets you a big variety of different tones from twangy to plain good old bass. 3 pickups + varitone switch helps with that.

I use it in a duo setting and I have played it in a band rehearsal just a couple of times. I feel that its a another thing from regular bass despite of the E-E tuning.

I enjoy mine a lot. No mods needed and good build quality for the price. Stays in tune like crazy. Roller bridge and nice jazzmaster tremolo.

https://www.revelationguitars.co.uk/guitar/rjt-60-b/


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PostPosted: March 13th, 2019, 11:59 am 
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Jeroen wrote:
I always think of Dutch rock and roll guitarist Hank the Knife 8-)

https://youtu.be/RwxVF899zxk


That was a cool sound!


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PostPosted: March 14th, 2019, 3:36 pm 
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I have a Schecter Ultra VI I use for a couple songs in one band. I really like it. A lot of fun to play.


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