If you’ve been playing guitar for more than a few months, I am sure you’ve discovered that strings have a huge impact on tone. When it comes to acoustic instruments, this impact is even more pronounced. String materials change the tonal quality of the instrument. The strings you choose can add brightness, add warmth, and effect finger and fret board noise. Moreover, old grimy strings can make a $1,000 guitar sound like a $100 starter instrument.
Acoustic baritone guitars are no exception to this rule - they impact the tone of your acoustic baritone guitar. Moreover, with baritone strings costing more than standard guitar strings, you will want to do your research and get this expensive and tone-impacting purchase right without testing every brand under the sun. To that end, we’ve put together a profile of the 3 best baritone acoustic guitar strings for you.
The Top 3 Best Acoustic Baritone Strings
3rd Place: Elixir Acoustic Baritone Guitar Nanoweb Strings, Bronze: $21.95
2nd Place: Martin MSP7700 Lifespan Phosphorous Bronze Baritone: $15.99
Top Pick: D'Addario EXP23 Coated Acoustic Baritone ($18.99)
The D'Addario EXP23 Coated Acoustic Baritone string set is a great option at a decent price. The tonal flavor of these strings will brighten up your baritone, adding sparkle and natural-sounding tones to your instrument. While D’Addario’s is our top pick, you also can’t go wrong with a set of Martin MSP7700 Lifespan Phosphorous Bronze Baritone strings or a set of Elixir Acoustic Baritone Guitar Nanoweb Strings. Fans of Elixir strings may prefer the feel of the Nanoweb set. Fans of smaller gauge strings may want to check out the offering from Martin.
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10/7/2020 10:47:21 am
Thank you for this. I'm in the market for an acoustic baritone guitar and based on all the useful information on this site, I feel confident I'll make a good decision on which instrument, as well as be prepared for all the incidentals that come along with that.
8/14/2021 07:01:03 am
Here's my dilemma - I'm using my baritone in a unique way by incorporating a boom chuck bluegrass rhythm style in an acoustic band that doesn't just play bluegrass. I'm using the baritone guitar in place of a bass guitar. Playing roots and fifths like a bass player would play to simulate the bass guitar. Okay here's the problem. The bass on the lowest B string really sounds nice and low but there is a drastic drop-off on the low end when I pick the E and A strings. I believe this is because the gage of the low B sting is too heavy in comparison to the other two strings. So I think I might be able to fix this if the gages of the E and A strings higher while the B sting is lowered. You know like a guitar with a 28, 38, 48. In other words more proportionate to one another. Basically I need to increase the low end of the E and A strings and decrease the low end of the B string. Do you have any thoughts about a solution to what I experiencing?
9/11/2021 04:17:29 am
Sadly, Martin has discontinued their baritone strings. I have not been able to find an exact match in gauges.
5/25/2022 02:09:42 pm
You can have Stringjoy make a set like the Martins
11/8/2021 02:26:19 pm
9/18/2022 03:40:33 pm
My Taylor 6 sounds unbalanced with the standard strings. I use heavier gauge 1st and 2nd, preferably at least a .017 and 0.24 because standard gauge makes those two twang rather than moo.
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Matt is a musician, educator, and baritone guitar enthusiast living in Washington state.
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