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    Posting a few snaps of my recently (almost) completed tenor guitar….still need to add an endpin and maybe a pick guard. I previously built a 6-string under the tutelage of a local luthier, equally gifted a teacher as he is a builder. I had made a few instruments on my own prior to that experience, but they pretty much went straight from bench to shelf. That guitar, however, is a prize. I wanted to capitalize on my new found knowledge and hone my skills (still with a helping hand here and there). The tenor has always intrigued me, so here it is. I based it on the Martin size-5 Terz, with my sense of aesthetics. 21” scale, currently tuned GDAE. Honduran mahogany body/neck; Macassar ebony fretboard, Cocobolo bridge, Bloodwood binding and peghead.

    Thanks for looking,
    Joe

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    Wow, looks beautiful.

    When you get a chance, how about some video?

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    Beautiful

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    Nice job.

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    Very nice!
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Built a tenor guitar

    Joe, that is a fine looking guitar! I love everything about it! I think you have found your calling!

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    Looks awesome! Video?
    Mandolin: Kentucky KM150
    Other instruments: way too many, and yet, not nearly enough.

    "Imagine life without mandolin. Now slap yourself! Never do it again!" -Gunnar Salyer

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    I'd love to hear it. Sound sample?
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    What a beautiful instrument and most certainly a precious one to keep. We had an old Martin tenor guitar in the shop a few year past that was being sold on consignment. Asking price was too high for an instrument that needed work but it was a joy to listen to. I have an old Gibson LGO that is all mahogany and it is my favorite acoustic guitar. What I see in the pictures here is evidence of high well executed art. You have my respect sir.

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    That is beautiful. I personally love the 21" scale. Very nicely done!

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words. I'm really enjoying this luthiery journey...

    Joe

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