THE BURNS BARRACUDA is a Baritone Guitar with a 30-inch scale; 30 inches being the length of the top string from nut to bridge saddle.
Baritone Guitars come in a variety of scale lengths – pretty well anything between 25½ and 31 inches. Instruments tuned A to A are generally perceived as “Baritone Guitars”; however, the same instruments tuned E to E (i.e. a full octave below a regular six-string guitar) will invariably be called Six-String Basses.
Most times, Baritone guitars (the Barracuda included) arrive set up, strung and tuned A to A. But what if you fancy something a bit different?
The questions are, of course, what strings do you need to drop the sound a further five frets, and are there any little pitfalls you should watch out for? Well, yes…
Let’s start with the strings themselves.
Gauges that will work admirably are as follows:
You can buy them separately or as a set, but one thing you must ensure is that your new strings are 35 inches long on the bass strings before their diameter reduces (which it must do to pass through the string posts on the machine head).
Strings designed to fit the Fender Bass VI are ideal; however, those designed for some other 30-inch scale Baritones – for example, the Jerry Jones – will not work because their bass strings are only 32 inches long at full-diameter. The damn things thin out before they pass over the nut, and all you’ll hear are a cacophony of scrapes and rattles. Not at all what you intend…
D’Addario make a good set of “E to Es” (set no. XL156), which are equally at home on both the Fender Bass VI and the Burns Barracuda.
People get a little edgy about adjusting the truss rod, and in fairness, it does need care. But it doesn’t have to be daunting.
If the truss rod could do with a little attention after a significant change to tension on the neck, just go to the Guitar Neck Adjustment page elsewhere in the Support Gallery and follow the instructions carefully.
So that’s it; try not to undermine the foundations in the next County! And if you need a pdf file of the “Burns USA Service Bulletin No. 2 - Guitar Neck Adjustment” (514Kb), just e-mail me.
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