Re: What Makes a Tenor Guitar a Tenor Guitar?
The tuning issue reflects the story of the Irish tenor banjo - they keep calling it a tenor banjo despite its being not tuned CGDA.
Why is it called a guitar? because it has single strings and a guitar body.
Why tenor? because of 4 strings tuned in 5ths, like a tenor banjo - and to warn other guitar players that they cannot play it like a guitar.
Don't try to please purists - their world fits into a matchbox without taking out the matches first *.
* stolen from a Marvin quote from Mr. D. Adams
the world is better off without bad ideas, good ideas are better off without the world