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    Oh boy....

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    NFI... But having ordered an eastwood classic this would be a good companion!!
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    Ooh.

    But I already have a Schwab Tele tenor. I was dumb enough to sell it once, and I eventually bought it back.
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    Nice that the likes of fender have caught on now though!
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    A situation of Fender copying Eastwood copying Fender?

    String spacing looks tighter than the Eastwood.

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    My thoughts too. Narrower. Good! I hate the wide neck eastwood put on too many of their tenors
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    Now that's a surprise!

    A short-scale (21") Jaguar Tenor would be killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of the Badgers View Post
    My thoughts too. Narrower. Good! I hate the wide neck eastwood put on too many of their tenors
    I saw this on Facebook...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    I saw this on Facebook...
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    They have made some tenor guitars with proper width. The SG LP and Classic. The delta and the airline. But majority are wide and oddly wider still at the neck join
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    And I JUST bought a Classic this week. My wife is gonna kill me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murdoch623 View Post
    And I JUST bought a Classic this week. My wife is gonna kill me.
    Mine's cool if I make way for it and trim down unused stuff
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    What I think Eastwood is doing with the wider necks is sticking to the old-school banjo spacing. My Harmony tenor has wide spacing more like a banjo which is closer to the wide Eastwoods.

    A point of note to collectors - I believe this is the absolute first production tenor Fender has ever made.

    I asked Fender custom shop a few years back to make me a short-scale Jag tenor and they came back that the custom shop only does variations of products Fender has already made and since they've never made a tenor they couldn't do my Jag. With luck that may be changing.
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    There's a home run right there!!

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    Not quite a home run. I'd say a 9 out of 10.

    They put the dot at the 9th, not the 10th. It was created by guitar players who don't understand 5th tuning.
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    Hm, apparently I badly need a tenor guitar!
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    Oh dear, the acronym. Fender Alternate Reality Tele Tenor.

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    Default Re: Fender Tele Tenor at NAMM

    Good catch Verne, but the in the youtube post from namm "to make this super easy, it's just tuned like the top part of a guitar, so you've got D,G,B and E."

    That would cancel out my '57 Ibanez 6 string acoustic with the dot on the 10th, not the 9th restoring balance. I guess I need one

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    A typo on the Fender site has it as 27.5" scale. That would be something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    Good catch Verne, but the in the youtube post from namm "to make this super easy, it's just tuned like the top part of a guitar, so you've got D,G,B and E."

    That would cancel out my '57 Ibanez 6 string acoustic with the dot on the 10th, not the 9th restoring balance. I guess I need one
    Well if that's their strategy it's doomed to failure. Why would someone buy a 6-string missing 2 of its strings when they can get all 6 for the same price?

    They've effectively eliminated, or at least dramatically reduced, what could have been their main market - tenor guitar players! That leaves the field clear for Eastwood - it's theirs to muck up or not.
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    Going by the Facebook groups DGBE is by far the most popular tuning for tenor guitars!
    On the three groups I frequent, the majority are ukulele players buying tenors to play in 4ths.
    I used to try and explain the merits of 5ths but I don’t bother anymore.

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    Going by the Facebook groups DGBE is by far the most popular tuning for tenor guitars!
    On the three groups I frequent, the majority are ukulele players buying tenors to play in 4ths.
    I used to try and explain the merits of 5ths but I don’t bother anymore.
    That's depressing. What's the point?
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    Got the dot moved on my mcilroy. Dee should probably have known better since his previous client for one is a tenor banjo player.
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    I just took a look at Eastwoods and most of theirs are at the 9th as well. Seems only the Classic Tenor has it at the 10th.

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    And to further muddy the waters, their prototype Teleolian has it at the 10th while their production drawing shows it at the 9th!

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    Default Re: Fender Tele Tenor at NAMM

    Astrojet and LP have them on the 10th, but both are discontinued models now I guess.

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    The FB group I'm a member of has it at about a tie between tenor and 'chicago' tuning and a good number of GDAE. I think the Tenor Guitar Foundation (or is it Registry) has CGDA in the majority.

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