Acoustic Guitar – 2019 Model
Bought this guitar used from Guitar Center and found the tone to be lacking when strumming. It’s a baritone so of course you’re going to have a lot of low-end, but unless I played open chords, the mid-range sounded dead, almost like I was playing (and I hate to say this), a cardboard guitar. I changed the strings from D’addario phosphor bronze to Elixer 80/20’s which made a considerable difference in the overall tone, since it cut a lot of muddiness when strumming, but it still didn’t fix the mid-range tone which I just couldn’t get past, so I finally took it back. Besides the tone, I didn’t have any issues with the guitar, it seemed like a very solidly built instrument.
I bought this guitar from Music Unlimited in Richland, Wa. I fell in love with it the minute I played it. It gave me the full sound I just couldn’t find with other acoustics. I had never played a Teton before that day, and now, every one that I’ve played I’ve wanted to buy. The action on the baritone model is extremely smooth and easy to play. I purchased this guitar with a Marshall 50 watt acoustic amp (which I am regretting. It’s the cheapest piece of junk) and the Teton sounds great through it. Kinda fooled me into buying the Marshall. But on a scale of 1-10 I give it a 9.5. If I could get a sponsorship from the Teton Guitar guys and Pabst I would be a happy camper.
I bought this baritone two years ago. This thing will rattle the ribs in the man across the room if you get aggressive with it. I agree with the other review in the sense that the mids were a sore spot. So I sanded the bracing down with some 400 grit sandpaper, and tuned the top to better suit my taste: took ten minutes, which is to say I didn’t need to remove much. Strings are a constant issue with this guitar. Not many carry the proper sets, and tuning stability can be a struggle. Swapping the 0.016 to 0.013 made this more playable by a sizable margin, but tuning stability got skittish after that. I suspect the strings are so small compared to 0.016 that the nut is being pushed beyond its limits. If there is anything I would change about this guitar, it would be to move the bridge pins to the periphery of the body. The strings are reaching a diameter where they don’t kink properly to settle on the top of the bridge saddle. It would make for a very shallow break angle over the saddles, but they would break over where they are supposed to. This is not a standard scale guitar, and treating it like one is foolhardy at best. Setting one of these up to play like your average acoustic can be done, but it is a full-on masterclass in nuance. Tune the top, check where the string is breaking over the bridge saddle, check the nut carefully for the same thing, all in service to a string gauge which is a trifle rarified. In return, this guitar will play like a naughty angel. Dig in, and the sound is like an overdriven speaker. Use a light touch, and the sound carries sweetly to all corners of the room.