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Baker B3 Wood Cherry Sunburst/Faded Cherry #03002 - Used  From Other

A gorgeous Cherry Sunburst B3 signed by Gene Baker himself!

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Weight: 7.4 lbs.

Condition: Very Good - A couple dings on back of neck, small nicks on headstock, scratch on back, playwear and scratching overall

The B3 "Wood," built by Gene Baker, is another one of those treasures you don't see often. Gene is the only builder I'm aware of (and I could be wrong) that worked for both the Gibson Custom Shop and the Fender Custom Shop. When Gene was at the Gibson Custom Shop in CA, he worked with Roger Giffin. Gene credits Roger with being a big influence on his approach to instrument building. Actually, there is a similarity in the shape and feel of the necks of both the Giffin and the Baker that we currently have in the shop. Gene built a Robben Ford model while at the Fender Custom Shop, and after when he was out on his own. This "Wood" Model is sweet and soulful with a beautiful, rich voice.

This is a stellar guitar in so many ways! it plays beautifully and responds to a very light and easy touch. You just gotta love its shorter scale for bending and sliding around the neck. It provides a big tone that can be tweaked to vary between fat and warm to bright and punchy depending on where you leave the controls. This is the kind of guitar that could easily be played in nearly any musical context. From blues to rock, pop, and even a bit of jazz, it is easy to dial in an appropriate tone to fit a mix. Grab this baby and rest assured that whatever gig or session pops up you will have all of the bases covered!

Baker B3 Wood Cherry Sunburst Faded Cherry #03002 (Used) Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure electric guitar specialist Eddie Berman tests out a used Baker B3 Wood Cherry Sunburst Faded Cherry guitar (#03002) with a Carr Sportsman 19W 1x12 Combo Amp.

Manufacturer's Description from Other

At the age of 11 Gene’s love for guitar took precedence over youth hockey. He started building guitars in junior high, and after moving from hometown Detroit to sunny California he attended GIT – all the while playing in garage bands and gigging at every opportunity. At age 20 Gene set up shop in his parents’ garage and began doing repairs as well as building and selling “Mean Gene” guitars. He also gave guitar lessons, and created a 100-page instructional book and video entitled “Mean Gene’s Insane Lead Guitar.”

Only 24 years old, Gene got a call from storied luthier Roger Giffin, who headed Gibson’s west coast custom shop. After serving as Roger’s apprentice, Gene operated the shop alongside Roger for nearly two years. In 1993 Gene moved to the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, during what many consider one of that shop’s golden periods. Gene’s mentors and colleagues at Fender were and still are among the leading craftsmen in the industry; including George Amicay, Jay Black, Larry Brooks, Jason Davis, John English, Kenny Gin, Alan Hamel, Yasuhiko Iwanade, Mark Kendrick, Todd Krause, the great John Page, Alex Perez, Steve Stern, Fred Stuart, John Suhr and Art Esparza. (Art now works with Gene as Senior Master Builder at the PBG workshop).

Gene rose to Senior Master Builder at Fender. Highlights include his close collaboration with Robben Ford and Jeff Rivera (Robben’s tech) on three new models; a series of original Gene Baker pieces; the prototyping of the first contemporary carved Strats; the reissue of mid-late ‘60’s big peghead Strats; and collaboration on the production of round-lam necks, twelve strings, double necks, bajo sexto’s, the Showmaster Strat and the John Jorgenson signature model.

Gene eventually left Fender in order to apply his unique expertise to his own nameplate, Baker Guitars USA. Though no longer involved with Baker Guitars and the Baker Guitars name, Gene led the company as it grew to fourteen employees producing 40 guitars per month, with an emphasis on custom builds.

In 2009, recognizing Gene’s rare expertise on both the design and production sides of the business, PBG founder Michael Bernstein asked Gene to serve as Chief Guitar Master Builder for Premier Builders Guild, a new boutique, masterbuilt instrument company based on a new approach. At the PBG guitar workshop in Arroyo Grande, CA, Gene designed and built his own b3 line while he and his expert team also built guitars designed by PBG master builders Dennis Fano (the complete Fano Guitars line) and Saul Koll (the Koll Glide series, made and sold only through PBG).

In 2012, the D’Angelico Guitars brand asked Gene and his team to build authentic, limited edition USA Masterbuilt reissues of iconic D’Angelico models. (These were be sold by D’Angelico rather than by PBG). The first of these reissues, of the 1943 D’Angelico Excel, were introduced by D’Angelico at NAMM 2013.

And what about Gene’s own b3 line of guitars? Each model – Earth, Fire, Metal, Water, Wood – is aimed at a specific tonal space. All are precision instruments for serious musicians and embody the unique expertise and passion of a man widely considered among the very best in boutique lutherie. They are acclaimed by players at all levels, leading gear editors and fellow luthiers for their unsurpassed design and craftsmanship.

While not sweating the details of the latest b3, Fano, Koll or D’Angelico Masterbuilt coming out of the PBG workshop, Gene shreds – with his Mean Gene Band.

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  

Specifications

2010

Serial Number: 0610GB03002

BODY

Model: Wood

Body Wood: Mahogany

Top: Flame Maple

Finish: Cherry Sunburst/Faded Cherry

Chambers: Hollow Talon Hole

Body Binding: Cream 

Electronics: 3-Way, Volume, Volume, Tone 

Neck Pickup: Lollar Humbucker

Bridge Pickup: Lollar Humbucker

Pickup Covers: Nickel

Knobs: Gold Bells

Rings: Cream

Hardwear: Nickel

Bridge: Nashville Style

Straplocks: Dunlop 

NECK

Neck Wood: Mahogany

Neck Shape: Standard C

Fretboard: Rosewood 

Radius: 12"  

Fretboard Binding: Cream

Inlay: Trapezoids

Material: Gold Pearl

Overlay: Ebony w/ B3 Logo

Logo: Gold Pearl

Scale: 24.625"

Frets: 22 6105 

Nut Width: 1.680" 

Butt Width: 2.250" 

String Gauge: .010-.046 

Tuners: Kluson TonePros

Truss Rod Cover: Black 

Case: Custom PBG B3 Hardshell