Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of July, 24 2000 through July, 30 2000

Baritom Classic
3 Color Burst

NAMM UPDATE: We just had to add this additional info to this Guitar of the Week that was already posted.

We just returned from the Nashville NAMM Show and this guitar made quite a statement. Everyone seemed to be in love with this one but none more than John Rinkor from Mesa/Boogie. They had their booth right next to ours and at every opportunity John would sneak over and “borrow” this Baritom Classic. He plugged it into Mesa’s new 3-Channel, Dual Rectifier Amplifier. This particular amp was outfitted with two 4-12 cabinets. The thunderous sound of this magic instrument through this new amplifier literally stopped traffic in the aisles. Every time he played, a large crowd surrounded the guitar and amp. He would start off by playing through the amps new clean channel, getting a beautiful clean tone that was large, full, low and lush and then instantly switch to one of many overdrive tones for a monsterously, crushing rhythm sound that is literally unparalleled by anything else—Unparalleled! Switching channels again would yield an amazing lead tone that left you wanting for nothing else. It was spectacular to behold.

I stood with Dylan and Rick of Garrett Park Guitars while witnessing one of these Baritom crowd gatherings. We all realized that we were in the presence of tonal greatness. They looked at John generating his giant and beautiful tones, they looked back at me and said, “We have to have this guitar!” We agreed and so it is now on its way to Garrett Park Guitars in Annapolis, MD. They have such good taste. They also got another Guitar of the Week from NAMM but we will tip you to that in a couple of weeks. What follows is the original text on this spectacular guitar.

Last week did you get a chance to read about Mark Goldenberg and his unique Shoreline Gold, Baritom Classic equipped with our VA vintage pickups? If you did then you know that Mark plays with Jackson Browne and that we are at the NAMM Show in Nashville and having a great time.

In keeping with the thunderous sounding Baritom of Mark’s, check out what we took to Nashville with us. Yes it is another Baritom but what makes this one different is that its body is made of alder. Alder offers a fuller midrange and a stronger, more articulate upper midrange tone--very impressive but that is not all. It also features a pau ferro fingerboard that lends a touch of clarity that the Baritom can make very good use of when in the mix with other instruments. But here is the real clincher. This purely amazing instrument is also equipped with the Baggs X-Bridge. This creates a plugged-in acoustic guitar tone that can be played by itself or blended with unaltered electric guitar tones. The X is invaluable on this type of instrument because it can also double as a clarity control to blend just a bit of top end sparkle to the already gargantuan sound. The tonal possibilities are almost endless. Imagine what dimension this guitar would add to your next recording session.

This one differs again in that the pickup configuration is a single/single/humbucking, equipped with our hum-canceling SD1R-, SD1- and HO1+ pickups. This Baritom Classic sent the many that heard and saw it…through the roof.

Okay, got to run. Well be showing you more from NAMM next week. You will love what is coming.


 MODEL: – Baritom Classic

 FINISH: – 3 Color Burst

 BODY WOOD: – Alder


 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Pau Ferro



 NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Baritom Standard

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16th-inch

 SCALE LENGTH: – 28 5/8th-inch

 FRETS: – HEavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo


 PICKGUARD: – Pearl White




 SWITCHING: – B5 w Master Split & P/P Add-Bridge Switch



 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012 to .068 tuned B to B

Baritom Classic
3 Color Burst

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