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    Hi All,

    I'm a huge fan of tenor guitars. Scattered around the forum are some nice pictures of tenors, so I was thinking, wouldn't it be nice to collect some in the same thread?

    To start off: this is a tenor that Rob Dick (our very own Mastersound on the forum) is making for me (Rob: I hope you don't mind that I allready show it here?).

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    Here's my recently acquired '30 Martin 0-18T. I bought this through Leo Coulson (Intermountain Guitar and Banjo), who told me he got it from David Grisman in a trade. It's currently out for a neck reset and fret dressing.

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    One more of the Martin
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    Here's my '60 O-15T
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    Old Harmony, young Sam:
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    I also have a 1930 Martin OT-18 I use in my ceilid band
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    My Earnest Maccaferri-style koa B&S Selma model.

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    Here's the koa back, nice and figured. Sweet sounding, too.

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    Wow jgarber,
    That's one cool tenor guitar right there! Your collection of instruments makes me extremely jealous. Old ones, new ones, etc, etc.
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    Hah, this is the best no-mando-content thread on the Cafe ever!
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    Speaking of electric resonator tenor guitars...
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    Just to round out the Martin series, here's a 1945 0-17T. It was in incredible shape when I got it. the previous owner had used it as a baritone ukulele with nylon strings, so the frets were in superb condition.

    I saw what was described as a 1928 National tricone tenor the other day in a local shop that usually has nothing particularly interesting in it. It had sold the day before. Looked sweet.
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    Here's my current one (the front), a chanticleer, and behind it the 1930 national that I sold to buy it.
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    I wrote up a review of the chanticleer here some many months ago.. I guess I liked it pretty well then too. More of a raw honk to it than the national.. I use it tuned GDAE or GDGD in Irish Jams. It's more of a single-strung bouzouki in feel, lots of sustain and not-quite-guitar tone.
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    Here are the two tenors I currently have. The one on the left is one that I built in 1996 and is based on a Martin style 1. The other is a 1931 National Tyrolian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Lee @ April 28 2005, 13:18)
    Hah, this is the best no-mando-content thread on the Cafe ever!
    Strictly speaking you are right, but I think a lot of the mandolin community also plays tenor guitar, and it is tuned in fifths, and it is certainly an underserved community of players.

    I think we can adopt the tenor guitar as an honorary member of the family, sort of like that crazy uncle I have who is invited to every Thanksgiving, but nobody can tell me how he is related to us.
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    I have an Kent that I have tuned to CGDA like my mandocello and tenor banjo. Sorry, no picture yet--it's pretty rough. Yvonne
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    Wow, glad to see so many resonator tenors. I just bought a resonator body from a fellow who acquired it when the National plant moved. What scale are on those resonators? Would you think a different scale would be better?

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    1937 Martin 018-T, rare shaded top.
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    sweet martin! My 30's Bacon tenor is modeled after one of those it would appear, X braced top same size/shape for the most part. Its a great sounding tenor, currently tuned GDAE which really brought it alive soundwise!
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    Here is my Harmony archtop, presumably from the '60s, converted to an octave mandolin. #I also have a small 1941 Harmony tenor flattop.
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    My image must have been too large (?) - here again is the Harmony tenor.
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    Here's my '27 Martin. I don't know the exact model. But it is a boomer.



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    one of the back
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    one of the rosette
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