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1) How do I date my Baker by the serial number?
The majority of all Bakers are sequential beginning with #001 on up. There are a few different serial number schemes that represent special guitars such as;
1994 - 1999 - serial #'s 0 to 50
2000 - serial #'s 50 to mid 100's
2001 - mid 100's to mid 300's plus NAMM and WW's
2002 - mid 300's to 600's
NAMM Centennial Models 1/100 - 100/100 commemorating NAMM's 100th anniversary.
WW - is a custom ordered serial number sequence for Wild West Guitars beginning with WW001
KT - is a custom ordered serial number sequence for Killer Tone Guitars
http://www.relentlesstech.com/killertone/ beginning with 001-KT
Most limited models bear our standard serial number to allow you to track against our standard serial sequence. These models are also hand signed a second serial number that represents its limited run. Such as 1/25 through 25/25 as found on our Inferno model.
Early 7 string models will showcase their own sequence beginning with a 7 followed by 001 on up "7 001" although a few have popped out with standard numbers that can be verified by its normal sequential serial number.
Other hand signed models are by the request of the dealer as a personal touch to the instrument signed by Gene Baker and or Gil Vasquez.
2) Can I order something for my guitar that's not on the spec sheet?
Yes, although it falls into a "on quote" type of order. Please submit information as detailed as possible with reference photos, hand drawings or whatever is available.
4) What is the difference in tone between a 25.5 and 24.625 scale model?
24.625 scale models have that classic midrange honk that we all have come to know and love. This is our most popular scale length due to the design nature of our fiddles. This scale length has what we hear as our
favorite bridge pickup tone for some killer R&R.
25.5 scale models loaded with a standard type of PAF you will hear a hint of a Tele, louder due to string length, more natural harmonics, more bottom and more high end. They sit in a mix just beautiful, Ronnie Montrose swears by the 25.5 scale length where as other guys prefer the 24.625. The neck pup tone on a 25.5 is to die for and pickups can be swapped to create an LP killer if you load something hotter into the bridge position.
5) What is the primary difference between the Junior and the B1? Is there much of a difference in tone?
A. The most visual difference is the flat top on any Junior Series model verses the B1 model's carved top.
The Junior comes stock with a top but has the option of getting one without a top. If you were to compare a Junior with a top to a B1 you would find they are very close in their tone they are just missing the custom inlays and full neck/body binding cosmetics, none of which affect the tone. Junior models were made to be a real working man's guitar at a more affordable price. A Junior comes standard with flame maple top, scraped maple binding on the body and features a traditional dot not vibe.
The same high quality materials, construction details, electronics, hardware and finish all go into every Baker Guitar we build.
Our Junior model is built stock with a solid Honduras Mahogany body. We hand select all lumber categorized by weight, light body spreads become solid bodies and heavy spreads become hollow bodies, so every solid body Baker
comes at a light to manageable weight without the feeling of boat anchor and hollows are always feather weights.
Tone wise a solid Mahogany Junior without the top is slightly darker in tone due to the fact that it doesn’t have a maple top. A great ballsy, midrange honk monster, with a very warm round tone. Add the maple top and you quickly hear an added edge which feels like a faster attack on the note, more highs and tighter lows, very articulate, capable of capturing every nuance of your touch.