Fender discontinued its sought-after Blacktop Baritone Telecaster in 2015 – now Schecter has plugged the gap and hot-rodded the format for 2023

Schecter PT EX electric guitar
(Image credit: Schecter Guitars)

As down-tuning continues to be de rigueur for contemporary metal, the baritone guitar renaissance has shown no signs of slowing down, with the likes of PRS, ESP and Ibanez all seeking to satisfy demand for B-to-B-tuned chug and twang. But one brand that seems reluctant to take part is Fender.

Sure, you can get a Squier Classic Vibe Baritone Custom Telecaster. Or maybe one of those new Vintera II Bass VI models if you want something down a whole octave. Heck, if you wanted to put the work in, you could bolt a Sub-Sonic neck on there. But if you’re looking for off-the-shelf Fender baritone thrills, you’re out of luck.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.