Epiphone Les Paul Baritone
Published: Apr 11, 2014 Filed under: Gear
Note: from guitarhoo review archives originally dated June 30, 2004
We decided to review the Epiphone Les Paul Baritone for my first review.
The model we tried out was flat black and very stunning (like the goth Gibsons of a few years ago).
The Epi felt very well constructed from its 50's style neck profile, its Gibson designed humbuckers (Alnico V). It's a basic studio model except for a few features.
The toggle switch is located between a master volume and a master tone (a bit different from most Les Pauls). There's also no inlay on the fingerboard. Also, its a 27.75 scale instead of 24.75 of a standard Les Paul, however, it does have a mahogany body and a maple top.
Baritone guitars are played just like any other electric guitar except that they are generally tuned down 2-1/2 steps to "B" (instead of "E"). Because of this lower tuning, heavier strings are installed. Typical string gauges are 14, 18, 26w, 44w, 56w and 68w. Baritone strings are readily available on-line and at your local music stores. All the major string makers offer them.
How did it play? Well, we were not really familliar with Baritones, but we do play seven strings... Tuned to B the guitar sounded tight. The notes in the chords were well defined.
Upon tuning down to A, that's where the Baritone came to life. The notes swelled and got tonnes of sustain and clarity.
We played the Bari through a Fender 2x12 Deville on the clean channel. We were able to coax the "back in the saddle " type tone. Then we turned the volume up on the guitar.. the pickups are very hot and not for the faint of heart. The pickups have a nice growl, and the clean channel broke up very nice.
We also tried this guitar with a Line6 Spider II 2x12 on the "insane" setting. Lets just say it was insane! Again, the guitar even under copious amounts of gain, the pickups stayed defined. The single notes had the attack of a Manhattan Mugger. This is a ferocious guitar!
All in all its a smokin' guitar! If you're a Country guy or a Metal guy you are gonna like this beast! Go grab one and try it out for yourself!
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