Anyone tried the new 5260 baritones?

Andy Fortune

Gretschie
May 24, 2016
402
Corning, NY
I'm thinking of getting one of these and tuning it down to E-e with heavier strings. I didn't like the original black sparkle ones with the Bigsby because the tension bar Bigsby was just a poor functional match, in my opinion. I'd go with a stoptail version and then decide if I wanted to mount my own vibrato (probably a Les Trem). Have they improved on the design?
 

Penguin Picker

Gretschie
Apr 2, 2021
183
Canada
I've never had any interest in a baritone personally. Baritones, 5-string bases and 7-string guitars aren't for me. It's enough work for me focusing on standard guitars and basses. :)
 

Andy Fortune

Gretschie
May 24, 2016
402
Corning, NY
First impressions after playing it a good bit:
-Excellent fit and finish. I can’t find anything to nitpick.
-Setup was great, and it was even almost perfectly in tune right out of the box, and the intonation was set well.
-8.2lbs, but well balanced without much neck dive. I expected it to be more neck heavy given the 30” scale and jet size body.
-stock strings are are .014-.072, which is too stiff for B-b, in my opinion, but that’s ok with me since I tuned it down to E-e and it holds it fine. If you have a heavy touch, you’d want to go up to a larger gauge.
-pickups are just ok. If you want baritone twang, these mini hums aren’t gonna do it. I’ll probably swap them out, but the stock ones are good for clear bass tones with it tuned low.
-tuners are not great either. They seem a bit weak for the heavier strings, so I’ll upgrade those.

Altogether, I’m very happy with it, and it definitely exceeds my expectations for the price. It feels like an Electromatic Jet vs my Pro line Jets, but in no way does it feel cheap or even low quality.

pics to come shortly...
 

WillyW

Electromatic
May 3, 2022
44
ABQ
I joined the forum specifically because of this geetar.

I ignored it because it's marketed as a baritione, but I'd be interested in it as a Bass VI with the almost 30" scale length!

Has anyone strung it with 95-26 or 90-24 tuned E-e?

I have been waiting for the squier bass vi to come back in stock but I truly don't want one of those....

I do have a 5222 and a 9500 already, had a 5220.
 

Andy Fortune

Gretschie
May 24, 2016
402
Corning, NY
I joined the forum specifically because of this geetar.

I ignored it because it's marketed as a baritione, but I'd be interested in it as a Bass VI with the almost 30" scale length!

Has anyone strung it with 95-26 or 90-24 tuned E-e?

I have been waiting for the squier bass vi to come back in stock but I truly don't want one of those....

I do have a 5222 and a 9500 already, had a 5220.
I have not tried heavier strings, but I did tune it E-e for a while with the stock strings and it held tuning and sounded very good. You'd want to go heavier for heavy use at that tuning, but I don't see using .026-.095 without new tuners (I think the strings would fit through the stoptail, but not sure about that .095). I had a Squier Bass VI previously, and I had to do a lot to it to make it a reliable instrument and, even so, it never fully got rid of the dead low E. I still really like the 5260,
 


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