After months of planning and building, the newest C.Baron Solid Body Guitar is complete. This guitar was built to be one of my personal players, and it went through a lot of design changes before I settled on making what is shown above (at one point it was going to be a semi-hollow body, a cigar box, different woods, the whole nine yards…).
The solid body was made from a 2-piece alder body blank. I paid close attention to the weight of the body when building this guitar, and the body (sans hardware) came out to be roughly 4 pounds 3 ounces. The 5-piece laminated neck was made from cherry and maple, with a roasted maple fretboard and headstock overlay (unrelated note: roasted maple smells like maple syrup when you cut and sand it). The fretboard was fretted on a 25″ scale.
It sports a Gotoh bridge and set of tuners, and a Sixtus pickup. I added a treble bleed cap to the volume knob so the tone doesn’t lose as much high end when the volume knob is turned down. The nut width is 1-3/4″, which allows for room when making chords (which is useful for fingerpicking). I have it strung with 0.013-0.056 strings, which allows for D-Standard/Drop-C tunings.
I gave it a test run at Folkie Fest a few days ago, plugging it into my Fishman Loudbox Mini. Below I attached two videos from that performance (courtesy of Mike Osip), which I felt highlighted this guitar better than if I were to just do my usual demo, since I did design this guitar to be used for performing after all.
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