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4. Baritone Guitar

So no one’s arguing the guitar’s popularity or the bass guitar’s, but similar to the banjolele, somewhere in between guitar and bass sits the rare baritone guitar. Their larger bodies and longer necks allow them to be played lower than your standard guitar.

Popular first in surf rock—see Duane Eddy’s numerous hits—and later in drop-tune loving metal bands of the ’80s and ’90s, today this rich-sounding instrument often sits on vintage shop shelves, waiting for the curious experimenter to pick it up.

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