My Tacoma BM6C Thunderhawk

           Just yesterday I have procured my first baritone acoustic guitar, a Tacoma BM6C Thunderhawk. Tacoma Guitars is, or rather, was a luthier company based in Tacoma Washington, USA. It has since been defunct, a fact that I hope will increase the value of this guitar as the years go by. I am its second owner; the first owner purchased it brand new in 2007. The deal came with the guitar, its soft case, a Tacoma Guitars catalogue, and the soft case’s information card. With its 29 inches scale length (nut to saddle measurement), the Tacoma BM6C is a big guitar, as one can see when compared to the average 25.5 inches scale length of my Taylor 314ce. Tacoma BM6C Thunderhawk has a jumbo-like body, a venetian cutaway, a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, one piece mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard, all covered with a light satin finish. Note the unusual shape and location of its sound hole. A fine piece of woodwork art to be sure.
          It is not without a few dents and scratches on its finish, however. And the less than seamless mating area of the neck and body is the only craftsmanship flaw I could find. I have yet to test its built-in pickup. A trivial detail, as I never plug in my acoustics anyway. I plan to slap on new baritone acoustic strings, and like the guitar itself, it’s not exactly a common item, as my local music shops does not carry any. I will also adjust the action and relief a bit to better suit my liking.
          As for how it sounds, it has a very warm tone. Almost too warm. I suspect new strings will improve this. And as expected of a baritone, the bass has a very strong presence, but yet it doesn’t drown out the higher notes. It is slightly more difficult to play, mainly due to the thicker strings and a longer scale length than what I’m used to.
          I originally had in mind an Alvarez Yairi YB1, but this Tacoma BM6C appeared for sale locally, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. A baritone acoustic was a necessity, as for years I have practiced songs such as Heather’s Song, Ebon Coast, and Joyland, all pieces written for the baritone acoustic, using standard guitars. While they sound alright in standard tuning, I cannot help but shake the nagging feeling that I was not playing the music as the artist intended it to be played. I have even tried tuning my standard guitars down to baritone tunings and played those pieces that way. Not a good idea, as I broke numerous strings when I did that, and the playability and sound of the guitar just wasn’t right. Now with my Tacoma BM6C Thunderhawk, I can faithfully reproduce (or try to anyway) these groovy songs in their native tunings; as NVIDIA would say, the way it’s meant to be played.

Published in: on February 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. where could i buy one of it ?

    • Since this guitar is no longer being made, your best bet is to look at some online sales listings, such as Craiglist or eBay.

  2. Good luck with that! I have been on a prowl for a Thunderhawk with little success! Just came to the point of eventually buying a custom bari with similar specs instead, but still hopeful. This is no doubt a beautiful guitar/piece of art and I love the very warm sound it produces!

    Really hate what Fender did to this company or should I be upset at the company selling? Eh water under a bridge.

    The Baritone has a small following which seems to be getting bigger with a few players in the arena. But none and I mean NONE even the big money big gun ones has the sound this Diamond produces. 8 strings or not! Hint.

    The Thunderhawk was and is a real beauty.

    • I’ve got one for sale make an offer ? 831 331 1nine78

      • okay. i’m intrested. BUt can not call u, cause im in Germany.
        is it still avalibile???

  3. Hello, is this baritonguitar already sold? Thank you Luc (Belgium)

  4. looking for a baritone

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