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Chapman Guitars ML1 Modern Baritone Standard in Gloss Graphite

Extend your range with this award-winning Baritone model from Chapman Guitars

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Sam Beattie

The ML1 Modern Baritone is a dual-humbucker guitar that combines classic design with crushing modern tones. A unique tonewood combo and a simple, comfortable playability make the ML1 Modern Baritone an outstanding addition to the Chapman Guitars catalogue.

Chapman Guitars ML1 Modern Baritone

Body & Neck

Chapman have opted for a combination of classic tonewoods for the body: Alder with an Ash veneer top. Alder and Ash are known for being widely used on the vast majority of Fender guitars since the release of their very first solid-bodies back in the '50s. Offering a brilliant combination of scooped but crystal-clear mids and rich, resonating sustain, these woods provide real tonal character.

For the neck, they've opted for satin-finished Maple, with a set-neck configuration featuring a volute. This reinforcement, combined with a dual-action truss rod, means sturdy tuning stability - perfect for that extended range sound. The satin finish and familiar C-shape neck means you'll be right at home, whatever your style! 

Hardware & Electronics

Chapman have loaded the ML1 Modern with two Sonorous Zero Baritone humbuckers; power, clarity, a dense midrange and a hefty low-end perfectly complements the unique tonewood cocktail, resulting in firm, chunky baritone sounds. Expect seismic bass frequencies and a crystal-clear midrange, clean or distorted.

A 3-way blade pickup switch and a push-pull coil-tap vastly expands your tonal palette. What first appears to be a simple HH configuration suddenly becomes a hugely versatile instrument that'll efficiently handle whatever you throw at it. Top it off with a Graph tech black tusq XL nut and alluring black hardware across the board, and you've struck the perfect balance between versatility and attitude.


  • Headstock: Straight heritage headstock
  • Neck: Maple with satin finish
  • Neck type: C shape recessed bolt-on neck with velute
  • Top: Ash veneer on flat top with gloss finish
  • Body: Alder with gloss finish
  • Body carves: Arm carve, front lower spoon cut, rear tummy cut, rear lower spoon cut, rear heel contour
  • Fretboard: Ebony fretboard with rolled edges
  • Binding: Reveal
  • Frets: 24 jumbo nickel frets
  • Fret markers: Pearl side dots and pearl front dot inlays
  • 12th fret inlay: Pearl infinity
  • Scale length: 711mm (~28")
  • Tuners: Chapman locking (18:1 gearing)
  • String nut: Graph tech black tusq XL nut
  • Truss rod: Dual action
  • Bridge: Chapman string-through hardtail
  • Neck pickup: Chapman Sonorous Zero Baritone humbucker, Magnet: alnico 5 output: 12.5k ohms
  • Bridge pickup: Chapman Sonorous Zero Baritone humbucker, Magnet: alnico 5 output: 16.5k ohms
  • Pickup switch: 3 way blade switch with coil split on push-pull tone knob
  • Controls: Master volume (500k), master tone with push-pull (500k)
  • Strap buttons: Chapman classic strap buttons
  • Case: Chapman Deluxe gig bag
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