Balaguer Guitars, based in Pottstown, PA, have come up with an intriguing new model, the Espada T-BAR Signature Model, for guitarist Tony Pizzuti of The Word Alive. This baritone guitar has a 26″ scale length, well-suited to lower tunings.
Balaguer Guitars Espada T-BAR
This new signature model offset baritone has some very classic retro looks and was designed to be able to handle lower tunings, without having a really long neck.
26″ Scale Length
Tony Pizzuti’s band The Word Alive plays in lots of lower tunings. According to the website, he wanted this model to feel like a regular guitar rather than “bass-like”. The solution was to add an extra inch to the scale length, for a total of 26.5″. That’s only one inch longer than a Fender 25.5″ scale length, so in theory this should feel like a ‘normal’ guitar. But playing lower tunings should be more comfortable and string tension handling should be easier.
The guitar has a mahogany body and the bolt-on neck is hard rock maple with a Thin D neck shape. It comes with an ebony 16″ radius fretboard which has cream block inlays, with a ‘Human’ logo on the 12th fret.
This Espada T-BAR model comes loaded with a set of Balaguer Truenobucker humbuckers, with 11.2k at the neck pickup and 16k at the bridge. They’re wired via a single volume control, a tone control (push/pull for coil split) and a three-way switch.
This guitar comes with a set of Balaguer Locking Tuners, a Graphtech Nut and a Hipshot hardtail bridge. The hardware is all finished in gold, which I think perfectly complements the Gloss Metallic Cool Green finish. Each guitar is built to order and there is a waiting period of around 4-5 months. You can also order your own custom finishes.
I love the look of this guitar and the price is really very good. It’s not often you get such an interesting signature model guitar at this price point. You can check it out in action in the video below.
RRP – USD 1199 inc deluxe gig bag