Like a lot of people on this forum (probably) I downtune (A-F Standard) and was thinking about getting a baritone because, as we know, downtuning on a baritone is 'easier' because you can use thinner strings for the same tuning than you can on a non-baritone.
But you can still achieve that tuning in the first place on the shorter scale guitar, even if you are using thicker strings or less tension so why use a baritone? Immediately I knew that lots of people don't like to use massive strings because of comfort and that's a fair point. Personally, I don't like using anything bigger than a 68/70 and I can achieve A-F standard with a 14-70 set (on 25.5) so I might as well just keep the guitar I had.
But of course I wanted to find out if there are any advantages of using a longer scale that would outweigh the disadvantage of getting used to a slightly longer neck. Some of the first things I heard were along the lines of "it sounds better", "it sounds thicker", "harmonics sound better" and "it's easier to intonate". I thought that these were kinda small advantages, not enough to make me want to change just yet.
So, has anyone else noticed any differences (good or bad) with using, say, a 27.5/28 inch over a 25.5 scale? Amon Amarth seem to be alright with 24.75 to A!
Intonation is better, making all notes and chords sound clearer and cleaner. The sound of the instrument has a ballsier and brighter tone to it, VERY clear and "large" sounding. Strings are tighter for the tuning, so you can use thinner strings which equates to a clearer and brighter sound.
I love baritones, so for anything lower than drop C will be played on a baritone in this house! :P