Seth Baccus Argonaut Classic and Argonaut Classic Baritone review – not another boutique Fender bender, but a fresh shot at an original offset design

It’s been a long time coming, but Seth Baccus’s Argonaut is finally here and sets a new level for offset design. Guitar‑making rarely gets better than this!

Seth Baccus Argonaut
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Seth Baccus shoots for original design, rather than just a pimped and reliced ‘Fender’, and both guitars here mix up the influences in an intriguing and musically inspiring fashion. Ultimate quality, style, playability and character all combine to create a pair of instruments that are a lot more than just the sum of their parts


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    What can we say? Another superb build from Seth Baccus.

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    You’d struggle to find better at this price range.

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    Tones off the chart.

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    Great looks.

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    An original offset.


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    Pricey of course.

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    Baritone might be niche for some players.

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As Tom Petty once sang: ‘The waiting is the hardest part” – and we know what he means. Seth Baccus was due to send us his new solidbody electric guitar nearly a year ago and, finally, not one but two perfectly packaged boxes arrived. 

Inside was a pair of brand-new beauties that do that time‑warp thing of looking like they were crafted decades ago. But these aren’t reliced; they’re too classy for that. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.