How to Mix Baritone Guitar: Tips and Techniques

Baritone guitar frequencies sit between a standard guitar and a bass guitar. A lot of newbies rock guitarist doesn’t know this even exist, it is because it exactly looks like a standard guitar. This type of guitar is commonly used in alternative, hard rock and metal music.

It is because baritone guitar tone is darker and when paired with overdrive and other metal distortion effects, the guitar sound results from the amplifier sounds even heavier.

If you are fond of listening heavy metal music as well as modern alternative music, you will notice that their guitar sound is very heavy. And when you try to mimic their sound using your own amps, you cannot get the sound exactly as heavy as they sound.

The primary reason is that they are using baritone guitar for most of their rhythm guitar work. You should be using baritone guitar if you want your song to have that very heavy sounding guitar riffs.

This is how a baritone guitar would look like:

Picture of baritone guitar

Picture of baritone guitar

Except that the sound of the strings are of lower frequencies compared to standard electric guitar. One of my favorite bands like Staind uses baritone guitar, it is more appropriate in rock music because of its dark and moody sound.

Therefore it is important to mix baritone guitar correctly so that it is clearly distinguishable from standard electric guitars. Below is a sample audio clip of the baritone guitar in clean mode:

You have noticed that the guitar sound at lower frequencies than what you can hear in ordinary guitars.

Performance credits: Paul Riario

Now try listening this audio clip using distorted/riff baritone guitar: