Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Alvarez MSB1 Traveling Baritone No. 2

I made this little baritone guitar out of a used Alvarez MSB1 traveling bass. It is in very good condition and I saw no flaws while I was converting it. This guitar is on a similar scale to a Baby Taylor and some may find the fingerboard a little cramped but if you play a uke or a mandolin you will have no problems and I am sure that nearly all guitar players can make the adjustment with a little practice. This model is the only one that I make that is designed to use baritone guitar strings and I have used and recommend D’Addario EXP23 .016 - .070. The guitar can be tuned to B – B or even A – A if you do not strum overly hard with those strings. With regular medium gauge guitar strings it can be tuned C – C or even D – D. This is one sweet little guitar and will definitely draw plenty of attention wherever it goes. I finished it with gold tuners and a sound port. I am selling it with the factory deluxe padded gig bag and all original case candy on eBay for $525. Sold - Thanks Stephen!


Body Style: Small Acoustic Bass
Back/Sides: Solid Mahogany
Top: Solid Englemann Spruce
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay: 12th Fret Diagonal Abalone
Body Binding: Maple
Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
Tuning Machines: Die Cast
Finish: Satin
Electronics: Passive Internal Pickup


Scale Length:                27 inches
Nut Width:                    1 11/16 inches
Total Length:                38 ½ inches
Body Length:                15 ½ inches
Upper Bout Width:       9 ¼ inches
Lower Bout Width        12 ½ inches
Body Depth:                  3 ¼ inches

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