The baritone ukulele is the largest sized of the four standard ukulele designs. It has the deepest voice between all of the different types of ukuleles. These are four-string instruments, designed to play the lowest pitched parts in ensembles or to serve as solo instruments. Of all the standard ukuleles, they are the closest in size and sound to a guitar and can produce similar tones. They are noticeably larger than their cousins; typically around 30 inches long and were debuted sometime during the 1940s.
They differ from the other three standard types of ukuleles in its tuning and its size.
It is typically tuned G, C, E, A, as a standard ukulele would be. It’s nearly as common, however, to see them tuned more similarly to a guitar: D, G, B, E. This tuning places less tension on the strings and, therefore, causes less stress on the instrument.
The scale of the neck includes the distance from the top peg of the instrument to the bridge of the instrument. This is significantly longer than it is on other designs. It’s usually 19” in total. For players with large hands, the baritone version of the ukulele could be the best choice in instruments because of this.
The instrument has a very rich tone to it and lends itself well to giving body to an ensemble. It does have a unique tone, however, that sounds very nice unaccompanied. In the guitar variation of the tuning, it’s easy for a guitarist to pick one of these up and start playing it. For people who might want to move between a ukulele and a guitar, using a baritone ukulele with guitar thing would require very little adjustment.
For most buyers, cost is going to be a significant consideration with this type of ukulele. They are relatively expensive instruments, particularly if you want a high-end one. There is a real advantage here for buyers, however.
If you’re already a ukulele player and you want a lower voice, you should be able to guess how much you’d use this particular instrument and can decide if it’s one you want to invest in. If you’re a guitarist, you can easily pick one up and play it and don’t have to wonder if you’ll learn a new tuning, as you can use a familiar one.
Baritone ukes sound like nothing else. They’re also very versatile and, if you love the instrument, they might offer an interesting route to explore.
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