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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Pono make a couple of wide nut nylon string guitars...
    https://vimeo.com/86971900

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Pono also make a 8 string short scale octave guitar body

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f7FNZ00cMHY

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    Pono make a couple of wide nut nylon string guitars...
    https://vimeo.com/86971900
    Thanks for these Pono demos.

    The nylon strings are beautiful but I think I'd like to hear some flatwound strings on this Pono Tenor guitar.








    BTW 'strip off the info up to and including the slash from the clipboard paste leaving just the video identifier in the red youtube icon's box. The result puts the image on the mandolin cafe post.
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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    Pono also make a 8 string short scale octave guitar body

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f7FNZ00cMHY
    Darn! I wish they had this thing tuned better. They even say that it is a bit out of tune in their notes. This instrument seems to be what I'm looking for, though it has 8 strings. Ha, ha.





    The Baritone version, though bigger (a negative in my view) has an outstanding, beautiful voice.


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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    You can always have one custom built for you.https://m.youtube.com/watch?
    Perhaps the little Regals would appeal to you?
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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    You can always have one custom built for you.https://m.youtube.com/watch?
    Perhaps the little Regals would appeal to you?
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    This shape and size and placement of the bridge seem to be my preference. And a 'v' shaped neck too.

    I think the youtube link failed because the wrong part got deleted.

    Was that a link to a Pono instrument build?
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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    I canít seem to get the vids to show, posted hundreds in the past!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o8AegM9xUVc

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    I can’t seem to get the vids to show, posted hundreds in the past!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o8AegM9xUVc
    To show this video you would 'go to advanced', click on the red youtube icon and paste in just the part after the equal sign. (o8AegM9xUVc )

    That is quite a fancy tenor guitar you have there.

    I've found yet another from Ko'olau in Hawaii. (I think they have an association with Pono mandolins.) This seems to be more of a standard guitar shape. Seems odd that it is from our cousins in the Ukulele family. We meet in the middle I suppose.

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Going by the amount of Facebook pages that feature tenor guitars I would say that the majority of interest now comes from ukulele players stepping up to steel string but useing DBGE tuning.

    I am a big fan of nylon string tenor guitars, I love the mellow sound and long sustain but I do not like flat wounds on my tenors! Or perhaps I should say the flatwounds I did try did not sound or perform well for me.
    There are a few threads on this forum about useing flat wounds, but the very fact they are not popular must point somewhere....

    In my mind, string choose can make a huge difference to how a tenor guitar sounds.

    Many of the tenor guitar sets that are readily available do not bring out the best sound or feeling and can be improved on with a little experimenting.
    However, standard guitar stings are plentiful and cheap unlike flatwound that are often hard to find as indervidual strings and not cheap.
    Having said that, I am of course only speaking for myself and I donít doubt some folk can make full use of flatwound strings.
    How about a nice resonator!
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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    This is what I like about Mandolin Cafe. It is the meeting place of different peoples loosely based on a topic like mandolins.

    So today I learn about Ukulele tunning. Interesting.

    My interest in flatwound strings is a small part of the mandolin world. But it comes from personal experience, just as Fox has learned to like nylon strings on a tenor guitar. I use Thomastik flatwound strings on my Collings mandola to get a certain sound to play beautiful klezmer nigun's and khosidl's. (Not the most popular genre I admit. )

    It seems that tenor guitars are quite responsive. And the choice of string tension and material density makes a big difference!
    And like violas, there is no standard size, and even standard shape for tenor guitars. So there is a lot to learn in a public forum like Mandolin Cafe.
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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Hmm, that is a bit embarrassing and I can’t edit my post now
    D-G-B-E. Is the correct baritone ukulele tuning. (Or the popular one at least)

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Ther is another discussion thread about Ukulele tuning and mandolins. So I'll stick to tenor guitars here.

    But I'm starting to wonder. What is the difference between a Ukuelele and a Tenor Guitar?

    They both have four strings. They both have a body shape like a guitar.

    Maybe Six strings ARE NOT too much. Ha, ha.

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Here is a ukulele come tenor guitar, in fact that very one in the video is for sale on EBay right now.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=UlzR1qJ0sLk

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    A very nice version of a classic jazz tune. Paul and Theresa did a fine job.

    However, "I'm confessing" that this tenor guitar sounds too much like a ukulele. It works well for this type of music but I'm looking for more bass and more sustain.



    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    Here is a ukulele come tenor guitar, in fact that very one in the video is for sale on EBay right now.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=UlzR1qJ0sLk

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    Default Re: Six strings are just too much! (but 8 might work...)

    Have you looked into the Blueridge BR40T ?

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