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    Default Harmony 1965 tenor

    Hi fellow tenor enthusiasts.
    I just got a 1965 Harmony archtop tenor- very good shape. Has a musty smell that suggests it spent a lot of years in a case.
    Swapped the bridge and put on heavy strings - 46 34 22 12.
    Tuned GDAE
    Next set I will go 48 36 24 14
    It sounds good, but is quiet.
    Trying to figure out the best, most cost-effective pickup.

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    Crikey that would be 115lb of total tentsion .24 for the A would be 34lb alone!
    I would choose strings for playability and of an equal tension and use the guitar with a pickup rather than trying to overpower the thing.
    I guess it has a flat sawn or a pressed ply top neither of which will ever sound great, so I think it would be better to use it like an electric guitar.
    I fitted a pretty cheap Chinese pickup on mine must be about 5 years ago and it works really well.
    You can hear it at 2.22 on this vid ( strings are 12 18p 30 45)
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    I really like the Acoustic Archtop Pickups at I have three guitars with them now ... the last was just fitted yesterday on a Grimshaw 4-string plectrum.

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    That will be all solid birch. The top and bottom are pressed into an arch.

    Generally speaking you're not going to get the volume out of a tenor you will from a normal 6-string guitar. There just isn't enough going on to vibrate the body to make as much noise.

    But they can sound very good, especially if you put a bit of time into the setup. Pay particular attention to fitting the bridge snugly to the body. It's easy enough to do with a sheet of sandpaper and google is your friend.

    If you are going to go electric put on a floating humbucker and a K&K piezo. Kent Armstrong has some nice ones that will attach to the heel of the neck or a floating pickguard. That way you won't be putting holes in the top, which will erode the sound further.

    Mine is a '60's Harmony Monterey like this. Sounds and plays very well.

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