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    Quote Originally Posted by Verne Andru View Post

    Since "tenor" originated as a 5th tuned instrument I'll be darned if I'm going to let the Ukulele crowd usurp it!
    If it makes you feel any better, both of my baritone ukuleles are tuned in 5ths (one in octave mandolin tuning, the other in mandocello tuning).

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    If it makes you feel any better, both of my baritone ukuleles are tuned in 5ths (one in octave mandolin tuning, the other in mandocello tuning).
    That's a relief!
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    My Eastwood's both are outstanding in QC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verne Andru View Post
    Hey Lord - of all the current tenor offerings the Eastwood Classic is top of my list. I prefer a short-scale but may be dead before anybody starts making affordable 21-inchers.

    When you get your Classic could you confirm if it's a full hollow body or semi-hollow as they advertise? Semi-hollow will have a center block running inside from the neck to the tail piece.

    I've tried a few Eastwoods in stores and they are as well made as any Epiphone or Squier, which are well built in their own right. Epiphone has really picked up their game as far as factory setup is concerned but the others require help. I expect pac-rim instruments will need some amount of user-setup so perfection out of the box isn't expected, but I await your report once you've received yours.
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    Any more news on the Fender tele tenor yet? Doesn't seem to be for sale yet ….

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    June 2019 release.
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    Thanks Ted!

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    Spotted a shop here saying September now
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    Just noticed Sweetwater is picturing all 3 colors and taking pre-orders for delivery in "just a few weeks."
    I'm kinda excited!

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    The red one is gawjus
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    I do prefer a rosewood fingerboard, but you can’t have everything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of the Badgers View Post
    The red one is gawjus
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    I do prefer a rosewood fingerboard, but you can’t have everything!
    I like the blue for surf music with a Marshall stack and a wah wah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolinstew View Post
    I like the blue for surf music with a Marshall stack and a wah wah.
    Expected shipping date is now being listed as September 18. The blue is sold out everywhere I looked. I didn't know you could sell out during the pre-order phase. Sweetwater is indicating the blonde and red are also sold out, but those are available from other sellers. Looks like Fender has a winner on their hands. Hopefully this will encourage Fender to pay more attention to the tenor market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Stewart View Post
    Looks like Fender has a winner on their hands. Hopefully this will encourage Fender to pay more attention to the tenor market.
    We can hope. A few years back I put in a request to Fender Custom Shop for a 21" scale Jaguar tenor. The response came back that all the custom shop does is move around existing bits and since they've never made a tenor there were no existing bits to satisfy my request. With this they now have a tenor in their catalog so the existing bits argument may become moot.
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    Andertons in the UK predict October... That's for the blue and red. The butterscotch in December - the red and butterscotch were actually checked with fender. UK stock.
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    yah im noticing the dates are gettin pushed back. it looks like November now for the red and blue. Guitar center is saying the butterscotch can be expected in October, but their dates have been all over the place. Really looking forward to this one, but I think I want to wait to place a pre order until a certain date can be given.

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    As you know I opted for a warren ellis 2p which I'm happily very surprised at loving rather.
    I hope to try a tele tenor when they come out to compare with
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    Seems to have disappeared completely from the major sites (GC, MF, etc.). Wonder what's going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seonachan View Post
    Seems to have disappeared completely from the major sites (GC, MF, etc.). Wonder what's going on?
    Yeah, I was in the big Fender dealer in Canada and they have nothing in their system about it. Which is most odd.

    This is completely unsubstantiated postulation but with all the litigation going on with Gibson and Fender beating on the little-guys it's not out of the realm of possibility Eastwood served them with a cease and desist.

    As we know Eastwood released their Tenorcaster using a Telecaster body shape a number of years ago. Since Fender has never produced a tenor of any type Eastwood were in their rights to use that body shape as well as the Mustang used on the Warren Ellis. Fender coming along now with a Telecaster type tenor would leave Eastwood within their rights to ask them to stop.

    Fender can still make a tenor-style guitar but will have legal difficulties with either a Telecaster or Mustang body shape if Eastwood presses their priority claims to those models.

    Or it could be something as simple as Fender getting caught in the trade-spat and scrambling for a new supplier, or even just bad management. Time will tell.
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    I called Fender last night after not being able to find anymore on any sites (Reverb, Sweetwater, etc.) From what the specialist said, Fender discontinued the production of the Tenor Tele line this past July (which is nuts since they haven't even been released yet). As a result, they're only going to fulfill the orders that have already been committed to shops from the pre-sale. As a result, he couldn't even sell me one directly (which they normally can do). He said my best bet was to call around to a couple shops and see if they have any uncommitted orders open from that initial batch. I called the Chicago Music Exchange and they had 2 'butterscotch' left that weren't listed on their site (they were sold out of 10 blue, 10 red, and 13 of 15 butterscotch they'd had ordered initially). I snagged one. The Fender rep didn't know why it has been discontinued, but my guess is this was more of a PR play than an actual release (I mean, we were all kind of shocked that they were doing this, right?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaqattack View Post
    The Fender rep didn't know why it has been discontinued, but my guess is this was more of a PR play than an actual release (I mean, we were all kind of shocked that they were doing this, right?).
    Good on you for snagging one.

    It costs quite a bit to tool up for a new product - almost everything had to be custom tooled including body and pickups - and the list price was pretty aggressive so that would be a pretty expensive PR stunt IMO.

    Sounds like something is going on behind the scenes to me.
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    This doesn't make any sense from a business standpoint. Fender was literally selling these tenor guitars faster than they could make them. My best guess is there was a management change and the new management decided that Fender would only make "real" aka 6 string guitars. The decision to stop making the tenor guitar had to be an emotional one by someone in Fender's management. Logically it doesn't make any sense.
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    That is strange but it would make the few available very desirable!

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    I'd been on the fence about pre-ordering. But after watching them dry up on several websites, I called Elderly last month and ended up ordering one in Lake Placid Blue -- because when I called, I was told they had only three left in that color from the initial order, and they wouldn't be making another order (they didn't say why). I've been wondering what the deal was since it looked like there was definitely money to be made; whew, sounds like the ol' FOMO may have actually worked in my favor this time.

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