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Thread: is the baritone uke the bad boy of ukuleles?

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    Default is the baritone uke the bad boy of ukuleles?

    I have been playing for a short while with the baritone, usually play the violin and mando, tuned to cgda . I have looked on this site for info on getting a new one, but there does not seem to be much about the baritone. I am looking to upgrade and put that info on this forum , on another section. so just curious as to the opinions on the baritone ? thanks kevin

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    I can't add much, except that I tried one and liked it a lot. I could see myself buying a baritone if my path should come across the right instrument. Because of the bassiness, you can feel the vibrations against your chest and it's quite intriguing.
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    Some consider them to be more like a guitar, especially as they are linear tuned DGBE normally, & not like a re entrant gCEA uke.

    I like them, (I have two), but find them a bit cumbersome, (just like a small guitar ), but that's just me. I don't often play mine, but when I do, I love their deep tones.

    Check out this website,
    http://humblebaritonics.blogspot.com/

    & their YT channel.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBari...able_polymer=1

    P.S. The Kala cedar top is a good one to start with, its the one of mine I like best.
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    I wouldn't call it the "Bad Boy", just different. My opinion here and nothing more, it doesn't fit in anywhere. It is tuned like a guitar, not like a ukulele. It lacks the two base strings of a guitar though, which for some reason I don't understand makes it a ukulele instead of a four string guitar. So it is really neither. Anyway,I like the deeper sound and around the first of the year I came really close to buying one, but then I decided that if I was going that far in that direction why not just go with the real thing and I bought a guitar instead. I still play the ukulele as well, it doesn't have to be one of the other. I just thought in for a penny, in for a pound.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I really like the baritone for accompanying songs, much more so than a "normal" ukulele. That's the main reason I got one, so that I could accompany my own singing better and have a wider range of music I can play. As much as I love the typical ukulele tuned to C or D tuning, it does have a fairly limited range. I mostly play my instrumental/solo stuff on a "normal" uke, but whenever I need to accompany a song I bust out the baritone. Obviously, the baritone is excellent for solo arrangements and the like as well.

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    I have all sizes of Ukuleles (as well as Guitars and Basses ), my Baritone was my latest purchase and I absolutely love it when I play Solo, as it adds bass which is really helpful when singing certain songs. I put a set of Worth Browns on it, as I really don't like wound strings on a Ukulele. To me it really adds something inbetween Guitars and "normal" Ukuleles.
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    I’ve been playing uke for about three years. It’s my first venture into a stringed instrument. I’ve owned all four sizes and must say my personal favorite is the baritone. I own two of them, one of them is a steel stringed bari. I love the resonance they bring and I find them easier to bar due to the length of their strings. They also just harmonize better with my wife’s stand up bass. The overtones are more apparent on them. The challenge is, in a group setting, I found it was sometimes hard to hear myself play so I usually took a tenor to group meetings. But at home, the bari is my go to guy. I really enjoy the steel stringed bari. It is more guitar-like, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

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    Yes I have not started playing out with it yet, I am looking at a pono at the moment. I played a classical ( not the style, folk type music ) for a number of years, and there is something about the nylon strings the way you can manipulate them and you can get the bluesy type of sound and bending strings , the use of all the fingers and percussion its a great combo of sounds. I think it will really open up a new sound for the duo ,just need top find a good one with a good pickup . thanks for all the replies !!

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    As kjbllc asked me via p.m. what Bariton I have, I thought it might add to the discussion to just put it out here .
    I have the Diamond Head DU-200B deluxe natural mahogany baritone ukelele (whatever deluxe means).
    I paid 56 euro for it, which I think is a steal, as it is really well made for that price.
    And just for fun a seasons video with me (mis)using it:

    It came without a pickup as I had some cheap Chines under saddle pickups in stock I put one of them in.
    But this recording was done acoustically, and I added some effects in post production.
    Last edited by xommen; 07-03-2020 at 10:26 AM.
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    Coming from guitar I don't get the concept of baritone uke at all. To me it's just a partial guitar. Though when I play one and my GF hears it she always says I should buy one.

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