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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey, i am trying to build a baritone guitar.

Its actually just a 34" scale bass guitar with guitar tuners, guitar bridge, guitar nut and a Dimarzio D-Sonic pickup

The only problem im having with this is that i cant find guitar strings that are long enough so i just wanted to ask if any of you know about some strings or some custom string maker.

Thanks
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Re: Need help with and weird guitar

Bass or guitar, strings are strings. There are different kinds of both. What you need to figure out is the thickness of each string, then go to a place like http://www.bassstringsonline.com and check out what's available. Piccolo bass is probably what will get you closest, might be a good place to start.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Need help with and weird guitar

I already sent an email to Guadalupe Strings and they say they can make extra long strings for my weird extra long baritone guitar project!
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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By the way, how do you think i should tune this big monster? Will i have a possibility to tune it in D ?
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Of course... Just find the right strings.
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Of course... Just find the right strings.
So...how thick you think strings should be for that tuning?
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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I have absolutely no idea. I'm sure it would be possible to calculate it to get close. Or you could just find a set of strings that is easy to get, tune to desired tension, then finetune up or down to the nearest semitone. Start somewhere and you'll get there in the end.
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I have absolutely no idea. I'm sure it would be possible to calculate it to get close. Or you could just find a set of strings that is easy to get, tune to desired tension, then finetune up or down to the nearest semitone. Start somewhere and you'll get there in the end.
Wait, does this mean i cant use a normal tuning?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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It could be understood that way, but I didn't mean it like that. If a string breaks or is too loose for the tuning you want, find a thinner or thicker string. Might take some time, but not impossible.

What I don't get is how you will be able to play chords on the low frets. The range is mad on a bass compared to a guitar.
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It could be understood that way, but I didn't mean it like that. If a string breaks or is too loose for the tuning you want, find a thinner or thicker string. Might take some time, but not impossible.

What I don't get is how you will be able to play chords on the low frets. The range is mad on a bass compared to a guitar.

Yeah, you're right i should try with different strings

Well, one of the reasons im doing this is because it will help me stretch my fingers each time i try to play a chord or some fast licks.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 02:44 AM
 
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You're going to have a pretty tough time with the unwound strings. Probably a lot of breaking on that scale.

And try Circle K.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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Re: Need help with and weird guitar

Think of it like this - a normal base is tuned an octave below a regular guitar right? Imagine if you tuned those strings up to standard guitar pitch (A 440). The reason bases are so long is the same reason violins are so short. The longer the string, the lower its pitch. You would have an incredibly hard time tuning standard strings to pitch at that scale (if it can even be done). Another way to think about it - take that normal base and tune it up an octave to standard guitar pitch. Imagine how tight the strings would have to be, and they're quite thick.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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I say tune it like a 7 string bass and enjoy.

Because tuning to any normal guitar tuning will just piss you off
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