Picked this one up in Liverpool’s only decent indie guitar shop. The rest are just box pushers. From a very hairy friend of mine working in there.
This is a 27 inch scale baritone guitar. I’m sticking it in the bass section for the laugh. It’s halfway in between a bass and a guitar. The concept was originally designed by our friend Nate Daniel when he released the first electric baritone, 6 string bass, in 1958. The 1373 had a a short run of a year and a half before being replaced by the 1444 (like the one in store).
Nashville went crazy for the baritone, that tic-tac Johnny Cash signature sound and Fender caught on quick and adopted the concept and released the now legendary Bass VI – an octave down – with a 30 inch scale.
The Bass VI was played by many of the greats including Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, Rick Danko, Noel Redding, John Frusciante and many more. Peter Green used the Bass VI during live performances of the Green Manalishi and the can aslo be seen in the videos and heard in the recordings of The Beatles Hey Jude, Let it Be and the Long Windy Road.
It was played by Harrison or Lennon when Macca played piano or guitar in many recordings and specifically my favourite Beatles tune Helter Skelter.
The Baritone Special is born of this guitar, a baby brother, a distant relative but it still has that deep down and dirty geneology in its soul.
Its a Double Dragster humbucker setup, with a Gibson-esque Tune-O-Matic vintage style adjusto-matic bridge and vintage style tuners. Was only available as a Black Top with full chrome knobs and control cover. Ace.
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