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Since I'm exploring lower guitar tunings at the moment (mostly playing in C# these days) and the last guitar tech I went to said I needed a couple extra springs in the bridge to get perfect intonation I thought I should look into a baritone since I know they're designed for low tunings. The research I've done so far points to the Schecter Hellcat VI being a solid option but I'd like some feedback from anyone who actually plays a baritone. I'm mostly looking for a good mid-level guitar.

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I'd steer you towards a used PRS Mike Mushok baritone if you can find one on eBay or reverb. Good feel and tone, better fit and finish than the Schecters I've played. Ibanez and LTD also have midrange baritones that are worth a look. I wouldn't recommend the Steinberger that I have - I love the sound of it, but it's comparatively difficult to play and I modified it pretty extensively before I was happy with it.

Having said that, I find that C# standard tuning is a sweet spot on a standard-scale-length guitar, with the right string gauges. I've set up both hardtail and floating trem guitars with 12-63 and 13-65 sets and been very happy with the results. 

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It's an intonation issue with the Dean I currently have tuned to C#. Tech said there just isn't enough tension to hold a perfect C# so it would need extra springs in the bridge. I did see Dean guitars do a baritone as well which sits pretty nicely in my price range. I could always have a look and if I don't think a baritone is the way to go there's no harm done.

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