Hey there. Soon after "metal" baritone electrics became more prevalent (2004-2006ish), I wanted to get a baritone acoustic. Sparing a few companies that produced them for a couple grand (ACK!), there weren't many (any?) available. I bought a 7-string acoustic-electric, but it was alien to me. I've never owned 7-string anything, so it didn't work out. I sold it for what I paid for it.
I managed to locate and score an Avante AV1 baritone for $350, lightly used. Strange look, and strange body shape, but remarkable tone.
My financial situation at that time required me to sell it. I was mortified, but you gotta do what you gotta do, right... ugh.
Around the time that I had to sell it, I saw an announcement that Alvarez was releasing a reasonably priced solid top baritone acoustic. Of course because I was broke as F, I couldn't buy one at that point.
My financial situation is much better at this point, thankfully. I found a 10% off coupon code online for Musician's Friend two weeks ago, and managed to get the Alvarez ABT60 for less than anyone is getting for it (just over $300)
It's my very first jumbo body guitar, so it feels enormous.
Admittedly, the tone isn't as good as the Avante's was, but it's brand new, it's a solid top (so, of course, as it ages, the tone will improve), and it's mine. It does play rather well, though.
The neck is rather wide - wider than the Avante's was. It's going to take some getting used to... but anything I play on it sounds absolutely miserable. Being a melodic doom guy, that's exactly what I want and need.
Anyone played a baritone acoustic? Did you enjoy it? Do you own one? Have you used it on your stuff? I will be recording with it next week, and I look forward to it quite a bit.
Here's a picture of the Alvarez ABT60.
Very cool man! I don't have one, but I've always liked them. I actually really liked the Ovation one, whatever that's called. I know Ovations are relatively polarizing in terms of who likes them and who hates them, but I fall in the camp of really digging their sound. And the baritone was no exception.