Strings impact your baritone's tone through three major factors: material, type of winding, and gauge. However, for most makes of baritone strings, gauge options are limited. Winding options are also limited: You can pretty much only get roundwound baritone strings. Thus, we will focus on materials.
To make things simple, we will analyze materials based on brightness versus warmth of tone, attack (or bite), and longevity (resistance to wear and grime). We've also opted to focus only on materials used in major commercially-available baritone strings.
Our Baritone Guitar.Org Picks:
For acoustics, the Martin MSP7700 Lifespan Phosphorous Bronze Baritone: $13.85 strings take our top honors. The brightness typical of phosphorous bronze strings seems to be slightly subdued by the string coating. The result is a great tone and and a great feel.
For electrics, D'Addario takes top honors, with their D'Addario EXL 158 Light Electric Baritone: $8.99 being an intriguing option for standard electric players who want an easier transition between baritone and standard instruments.
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