Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte

Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte
Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte

Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Black Top Matte

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Fortunately for us, Barry Grzebik's lifelong love of guitars, woodworking, and product design led him to guitar making and the creation of the Grez Mendocino model - and in this case, a baritone version. The basic idea was to create a guitar that fits in the ES-335 world, but is lighter and has more depth of tone - somewhat between a great ES-335 and an archtop. 

 

To help achieve this goal, a 1-piece Honduran mahogany body is hollowed out (with the exception of a narrow center block) and topped with a 500-700 year old piece reclaimed Redwood, also 1-piece.

The results are spectacular! Like the 6-string Mendocino, the Baritone model is incredibly lightweight, balanced, and very alive and resonant. It's beautifully made - and finished in a sharp Matte Black - has a slightly chunky, late-50's Gibson-esq carve with a slinky overall feel, and sounds amazing. 

Speaking of tones, the Lollar Goldfoils are a perfect match for this guitar. Open, airy, killer chime...clean tones are a no-brainer. Plugged into a Victoria Silver Sonic, there's both an articulation and fatness to the tone that reminds us of a Jerry Jones or vintage Danelectro baritone, but with a slightly more open/chimey tone. With some gain? Classic low-fi, deep bass swampiness that's incredibly fun and inspiring.

If you're looking for something new that's both beautiful, alive, a blast to play - and - made by a luthier with an eye towards sustainability? You need to check out the inspiring Mendocino Baritone. 

  • 13.25" semi-hollow body, 1.75" depth 
  • 1-piece old-growth Redwood top
  • 1-piece Honduran mahogany body & neck 
  • Macassar ebony fretboard, MOP dots
  • 28.5" scale length 
  • EVO Gold jumbo frets
  • Lollar Goldfoil pickups 
  • TonePros AVR2 bridge 
  • Grez tail piece, 2 gauge stainless steel, polished
  • Nitro finish 
  • Hardshell Case
  • ~5 1/2 lbs
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