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    I play mandocello, mandolin, and guitar. Used to have a nice Eastman mandola, and would like to replace it with a tenor guitar for accompanying my wife, who sings and plays a six-string. Suggestions?

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    Thanks. The Blueridge seems to be fairly popular, and though I haven't played one of their guitars in a long time. I remember their six-string boxes being of pretty decent quality. I live in the middle of nowhere (Oregon coast), and will no-doubt buy one blind. I am hoping there are more choices than just the Blueridge, but I will learn to live with it if there isn't

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    Kala Tenors are a really good value. Sound pretty decent. I like mine but did have to work on the setup a bit.

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    You can go cheaper with an Ibanez, but they are not nearly as good sounding. Laminate top vs solid top. They are 1/3 the cost though.
    https://www.amazon.com/Ibanez-Perfor.../dp/B00S9PEEA0
    It will need a setup.

    This BR-60T is a step up from the BR-40T, and still has the cellophane on the pick-guard. BR-40T has mahogany back and sides, BR-60T has Santos Rosewood (Pau Ferro) and nicer appointments.
    https://www.musicgoround.com/product...uitars-Natural

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    I don’t follow the US market but there should be quite a bit of choice, but as Al points out the BR60t is a beautiful guitar!
    How about this one, nice vintage shape... https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...-tenor-natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    I don’t follow the US market but there should be quite a bit of choice, but as Al points out the BR60t is a beautiful guitar!
    How about this one, nice vintage shape... https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...-tenor-natural
    The Ibanez Fox referenced is probably your best bang for the buck. I love my Blueridge BR-60T, but the Ibanez has a solid sitka spruce top, has good sound, and is half the price of the BR-60T.
    Blueridge BR-60T Tenor Guitar
    Eastwood Warren Ellis 2P Tenor Guitar

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    I once played a decent Ozark... Surprised me rather. That said it was best as a strumming guitar...

    Agree re blueridge

    In the UK we have Ashbury. The model that seemed best was the lindisfarne cutaway one.

    Roughly same budget as blueridge
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    Paul Shippey custom "Tone" Octave Mandolin, Paul Shippey "Axe" Bouzouki,
    Phil Davidson A5 "Badgerlin" mandolin, Phil Davidson F5 mandolin,
    Mcilroy Tenor Guitar, Phil Davidson Tenor Mandola
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    Ps. Better bang for buck to be had second hand and the instrument may sound better having been played in.
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    Does it need to be acoustic? Fender tele tenor is rrp £430 here (unsure when available) or Eastwood range
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    I just purchased an Ibanez AVT tenor guitar. The AVT has a solid spruce top and the top and braces are Thermo Aged.
    It is a very lively instrument and sounds like it has been played in. Not stiff sounding at all like a new guitar.
    Specs are
    body shape Parlor 2 body
    top Solid Sitka Spruce top
    back & sides Okoume back & Okoume sides
    neck AVT Nyatoh neck
    fretboard Ovangkol fretboard
    bridge Ovangkol bridge
    inlay White dot
    soundhole rosette Black & White multi
    tuning machine Chrome Open Gear tuners w/Ivory knobs
    nut material Bone
    number of frets 20
    saddle material Compensated Bone
    bridge pins Ibanez Advantage™
    strings D'Addario® J66
    NECK DIMENSIONS
    Scale : 579mm
    a : Width 32mm at NUT
    b : Width 38mm at 14F
    c : Thickness 22mm at 1F
    d : Thickness 23mm at 7F
    Radius : 400mmR

    So far I am extremely happy with this guitar.

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    Blueridge BR-40T is down to $421 on Amazon
    https://www.amazon.com/Blueridge-BR-...dp/B003YOT0BO/
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    Now $408. If you call using the link, you might get an additional $ off
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    Still dropping. Now $403

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    I haven't heard of them, and will check them out. "Setting up" an instrument is not a problem. Thanks.

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    Yeah, it needs to be acoustic (though I do use internal mics in guitar and mandocello). I "unplugged" a few decades ago, sold my early-60's tele and by Fender Vibrolux, etc

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