Walden unveils B-1 baritone acoustic guitar series

New acoustics designed to "give guitarists a new voice"

Walden has unveiled a new range of baritone acoustic guitars, the B-1 series.

The eye-catching new designs, the B-1 and the electro-acoustic B-1E, feature solid sitka spruce tops, rosewood back and sides and mahogany necks.

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Walden press release

The B-1 series includes features that seasoned guitarists will find favourable while keeping the price affordable enough for the aspiring guitarists as well. The recommended baritone tuning is simply a 5th lower than standard guitar tuning which means that familiar chord and scales shapes can be used just like they would be with a regular guitar.

"We wanted to give guitarists a new voice but in a familiar and comfortable form. The challenge was to ensure the instrument's tone is balanced, full of low end, using a relatively small body shape," says Jonathan Lee, chief designer at Walden Guitars.

The B-1 and B-1E (electric) are based on the Grand Auditorium body shape, have a 26 ¾" scale, a solid Sitka Spruce soundboard with Rosewood back and sides, a graphite-reinforced soft C profile neck with bone nut and saddle. A unique feature is an offset sound-hole with side port that allows the guitarist to experience the full range of the instrument while allowing space for our baritone specific bracing pattern. The electro-acoustic version, B-1E, will come with a Fishman Prefix Pro system with 3-band EQ, brilliance, notch and phase adjustments to customize the sound to accommodate a wide range of musical settings.

The B-1 RRP is £599 and £839 for the B-1E.

Both the B-1 and B-1E come with a Walden deluxe hardshell case and are available in the UK from January 2013.


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