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    I used to post detailed threads about my builds but I never seemed to get much interest or comments (before you were around)
    I think my designs are often to far from the conventional to appeal to many folk who visit this forum but I am just having fun and I know some folk like to see what I build.
    However I have a waiting list of people who will buy anything decent I turn out ( and even the crap if itís cheap enough) but it is just fun for me and more often than not I donít make a penny from any sales!

    I was lucky to get a priceless commission a few years back with a free hand to build Birdy (some of her videos have received over 150 million views) a new tenor guitar as she had seen my work on face book.
    To be honest I found that a little stressful rather than enjoyable and I am meant to be retired anyway!
    So now, I am just making the odd guitar in my garden shed in between other hobbies.
    I will post a few more pictures when I get back on it....

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    Well, I for one have certainly benefited from your contributions to this forum!

    I am quite impressed that you took a hand grinder with a cut-off wheel to the neck of your friend's 6 string Falcon to convert it to a 21.5" scale tenor guitar. The result speaks for itself.

    I'm neither conventional nor a traditionalist, so perhaps I enjoy your builds with no pre-judgement. So please keep up the impressive work and continue to share it with the rest of this tenor guitar community. I am appreciative and hope you continue having fun with your builds. "Nothing Venture, Nothing Win."

    Best wishes in your retirement and for continued success,
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    Another one made to order, 20” scale, basic single pickup.
    I am happy with the shape now, each one is getting neater and easier to build but this is the last one for a while as I have other things on the go.....
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    Nice job fox!

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    Thanks Huck, I enjoyed building this last one as it is a bit different due to my customers request.
    She wanted a 32mm nut but a wider taper because she likes to bend stings and found the strings were slipping off the fretboard on her present instrument.
    It will be shipped with a lipstick pickup fitted.
    But the bit I liked ... was a basic finish and a slightly worn look!
    I could not bring myself to put any dings or other stress marks but I sanded down the melamine to give a worn look and used a matt wax.... so much easier than a gloss finish.
    It has a steel rod in the neck.

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    Very Shapely Fox. Love the layered look as well. I seldom pass up a build thread, especially when there are new approaches to be seen.

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    fox,

    What tension are you using on the electric strings? I was figuring on 15 pounds each versus 20 pounds on an acoustic. What tuning have you been setting them up for?

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Rough and ready ... quick and dirty, electric conversion.

    That one is CGDA low tension 9 14 20 30 . So in fact the same set I would use on a 23” acoustic.

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    Great, thank you fox.

    I was planning on a 15lb balanced set for my new electric: (22.75") 8-12-18p-30.

    I really like that you use a zero fret, and the wood grain on the back of that neck is gorgeous.

    Have a great holiday season - hopefully we'll see something new from you in the new year.

    Huck

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    Thanks Huck same to you...
    I think you might need to try out a few strings... electric guitars do tend to work better for most folk with quite light strings but acoustic tenor guitars tend to use quite light strings to start. So you may find upping your suggested string diameter a bit, might just work for you.
    With the little tenor I just built, the strings seem a little too loose for my liking but the new owner likes them like that.

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    I thought I was moving on from making guitars but I just canít help myself! Click image for larger version. 

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    They look good! Just curious are you turning any profit selling these, or breaking even or losing money?
    Do you have any video of one of them?
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    Hi Gunnar, I could never rely on making much money but I don’t actual loose out as I love building them just for the fun of it.
    If you want a perspective I could point out that a qualified self employed carpenter working on a building site will get around £200 a day, it takes me around four days to build one of those little electrics and maybe £75 in materials but I would be lucky to get £300 on eBay.
    I have sold a few acoustics that were commissions but I found that far to stressful to take on anymore so I just build them for fun and sell them for whatever I can get.

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    Looking good Fox!
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    Happy New Year fox!

    Another gorgeous build.

    Would you mind telling me what the scale length is?

    Cheers,
    Huck

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    Thanks Huck, I used my 60s harmony baritone ukulele as a pattern for the fretboard so 19.5” I think and a 34mm nut.

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    Nice work Fox. Reminds me of the Tombo Ukulete, kinda.Click image for larger version. 

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    Yes that one is more electric ukulele than tenor guitar although the body is still the same size and quite heavy.
    I am thinking about a 23” scale with a floating bridge for the next one.... maybe a fan fret version.
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    I have made 3 22.75 to 23 inch scale bass guitars out of squier minis and a headless out of a rogue rr50. Eastwood warren ellis tenors use bass bridges. I recently put new strings on one of the minis. I like it and it was not hard to lock the strings even though on small bass tuners.

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    Sounds great, any pictures?

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    Cool work
    At first I thought it looked like a Samick Malibu Mini
    Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?

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