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Chapman ML1 Modern Standard Baritone Electric Guitar in Abyss Purple/Blue

Featuring powerful Chapman "Sonorous Zero" Pickups, a Rolled-Edge Fingerboard, Jumbo Frets & Locking Tuners!


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    Product Description

    The Chapman ML1 Modern Baritone Standard is a monstrous yet melodic machine that's perfect for guitar players who want to explore the extended range! This instrument combines classic design with crushing, contemporary tones — comprising a trusted tonewood mix, punchy Chapman 'Sonorous Zero' pickups and a smooth satin-finished neck with rolled fingerboard edges. The ML1 Modern Baritone is simply an outstanding part of the Chapman Guitars catalogue, and with its thick 12-60 gauge strings — you can effortlessly tune down to Drop A and shake the pillars of heaven!

    Key Features

    • Alder Body — Popular timber synonymous with bolt-on instruments. Offers a balanced sonic foundation for the pickups, with tight lows, bold mids and singing highs.
    • Swamp Ash Veneer Top — Gives the guitar a stunning, premium look that's accentuated by the gorgeous 'Abyss' finish!
    • Satin-Finished Maple Neck — Popular neck timber adds brightness into the sonic mix; boasting a comfortable "C" profile and a satin finish for ultra-fast playability.
    • Rolled-Edge Ebony Fingerboard — Provides a smooth, played-in feel. No sharp fret ends here!
    • Bolt-On Construction with Recessed Neck Joint — Yields a snappy tone for an immediate note response, with recessed heel joint enabling unrestricted upper-fret access.
    • 24 Jumbo Frets — Large size offers a controllable feel for wide vibrato and pitch-perfect string bends.
    • Chapman 'Sonorous Zero' Humbuckers — These powerful, clear and punchy pickups perfectly complement the tonewood cocktail; resulting in firm, chunky baritone sounds. Expect seismic bass frequencies and a crystal-clear mid-range, clean or distorted!
    • 3-Position Pickup Switch & Coil Split — Yields 6 different sounds in total for superb tonal versatility. Access 3 full humbucking tones as standard via the pickup switch, and engage the push-pull tone knob to split their coils for 3 more single-coil sounds.
    • Locking Tuners — Ingenious locking mechanism makes restringing easier and means less string winds around the tuning posts; resulting a better tuning stability.
    • String-Through-Body Bridge — Enhances sustain, with individual saddles allowing for precise action and intonation settings.
    • Graph Tech TUSQ XL Nut — Low-friction material minimises unwanted tuning slips.



    • Body Shape: ML1 Baritone
    • Body Material: Alder
    • Body Top: Swamp Ash Veneer
    • Body Binding: Reveal
    • Body Finish: Gloss


    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Shape: "C"
    • Neck Finish: Satin
    • Neck Joint: Recessed Bolt-On
    • Scale Length: 711mm (28")
    • Fingerboard: Macassar Ebony with Rolled Edges
    • Fingerboard Radius: 350mm (13.5")
    • Fingerboard Markers: Pearl Dots with Infinity at 12th Fret
    • Fret Size: Jumbo Nickel
    • Number of Frets: 24
    • Headstock: Straight Heritage
    • Truss Rod: Dual-Action
    • Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL (42mm)


    • Bridge: Chapman String-Through Hardtail
    • Tuners: Chapman Locking (18:1 Gearing)
    • Control Knobs: Knurled Dome-Style
    • Strap Buttons: Chapman Classic
    • Strings: Ernie Ball Super Slinky, Nickel Wound, Custom (12-60)


    • Bridge Pickup: Chapman Sonorous Zero Baritone Humbucker
    • Neck Pickup: Chapman Sonorous Zero Baritone Humbucker
    • Controls: Master Volume (500k), Master Tone with Push-Pull (500k)
    • Pickup Switch: 3-Way Blade Switch with Coil Split on Push-Pull Tone Knob
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    Customer Reviews


    7 reviews





    Trusted Customer17th May 2022

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer30th Apr 2022

    This is my first baritone and 3rd Chapman guitar. There was a few issues but I'll start with the positives. First off this guitar is a lot of fun, the low tuning and long scale give it a very different feel to anything I've played before. It's very nice jam out on the lower tuning. The guitar also looks beautiful going from a purple to a turquoise ish blue. The fretwork on this particular one was actually surprisingly nice too. Now for some negatives about it. The guitar came with the intonation a bit off so I had to set that up after I changed the strings. The cavity plate refused to come off no matter how much I tried after I heard some rattling coming from inside the cavity. Once I got the cavity open (by wedging a pick up the plate) I discovered that rattling was a small piece of wood that had come off where one of the screws were drilled. Lastly the pickups aren't great, especially with the low tuning and don't offer much clarity. So might be worth changing if you get this guitar. The other two Chapman I own haven't come with any of the issues this one had, but I didn't see the point in contacting Andertons since it still plays alright minus the intonation being off and i got it on the spring sale. I do very much like the guitar though, so I'm happy with it for now.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 3

    Trusted Customer3rd May 2021

    One of my new favorite guitars. The scale length is really what makes it outstanding! It handles low tunings like no other. The neck profile is thicker than my preference but still very comfortable. The pickups were the biggest surprise for me, the sound is fantastic, especially for the price!

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 4

    Miss Babs Eaton17th Mar 2021

    What a great instrument. I was really nervous about buying online without trying, especially a baritone. The list of things that could be wrong were endless, but none of them came true. The fret work especially around the edges are smooth as silk which is rare in any guitar. The scale length is, of course, longer than the average 6 string, but after a while you get used to it (I also play bass so that helped). After 20 years on standard guitar the lower register took a little getting used to but is a lot of fun, and amped up is where this shines. The quality from the pick ups is amazing and I won't be changing them like I feared. The body colour isn't as bright as shown in the pictures but this is neither a pro nor a con, just a note for anyone looking to buy. I debated between a 7 string and this, and this did win out. But if anyone can find me a Chapman 7 string with equal quality and price I will buy that too.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer13th Mar 2021

    Trusted Customer19th Apr 2020

    Great guitar for the price you pay!

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 4

    Mr Dino Peros19th Dec 2019

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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