Unlike its blackwood guitar siblings, the Baritone-8 features a Sitka spruce top instead of cedar. The result — a slightly more crisp, clear response — helps with the articulation in the lower baritone register, especially with the two octave strings. The blend of woody depth and treble punch translates into an expressive baritone voice. Wood-rich appointments include creamy Rock maple as a back mini wedge and for the binding and “fishbone”-style rosette. Small dot inlays and a satin-finish back and sides support a tastefully organic aesthetic.
The ES-T onboard electronics system is a single-source, under-saddle transducer with individual elements for each string. It features an onboard preamp and the same active controls found on the full ES. Featuring a custom-voiced EQ and dynamic response, the system is powered by a 9-volt battery, with a battery life LED power indicator (which is lit when the battery is being used). The pickup also has a Phase switch for feedback control, which is located on the preamp board inside the soundhole.
The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.