Tenor Acoustic Guitars for Sale on Reverb
The four-stringed brother of the acoustic guitar, tenor acoustic guitars were designed in the 1920s to help tenor banjo players transition to the guitar, an increasingly popular instrument in jazz. The tenor guitar would later find popularity in folk music and today has a dedicated, if small, following of loyal players including Neko Case, Amanda Shires, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello and Warren Ellis.
What is a tenor acoustic guitar?
A tenor acoustic guitar is an acoustic guitar with only four strings, a narrower nut width, and a shorter scale length. Their width at the nut is comparable to that of a five-string banjo, although the scale length is shorter. They often also have a smaller body, but some models like the Gibson ES-350 Tenor have a larger body even for a six-string guitar!
What is a tenor guitar used for?
Tenor guitars fit well into a wide genre of music and have historically been used in jazz, country, Hawaiian, folk, and rock music. Tenor acoustic guitars are known to fit well in a mix with other instruments, even if they lack powerful bass.
Is the tenor guitar easier to play?
Many players with smaller hands and bodies find tenor guitars easier to play than their six-string counterparts. Additionally, mandolin and fiddle players find they can easily pick up and play a tenor guitar because all three are often tuned in fifths, whereas a six-string guitar is mostly tuned in fourths.
What is the tuning of a tenor guitar?
Tenor guitars are most often tuned in fifths, like a mandolin: C3-G3-D4-A4. However, they can also be tuned like the top four strings of a guitar, like the bottom four strings of a guitar, baritone ukulele tuning, octave mandolin tuning, or in open tuning (like banjo ).
What is the difference between a tenor guitar and a baritone ukulele?
Although they look alike, tenor guitars and baritone ukuleles are completely different instruments. When you really dig between the tenor guitar and the baritone ukulele, you’ll find a few differences, including:
- Setting: Tenor guitars are usually tuned C3-G3-D4-A4 while baritone ukes are tuned D3 G3 B3 E4
- Channels: Tenor guitars use steel strings while baritone ukuleles use nylon strings
- Origin: Tenor guitars are basically smaller versions of six-string guitars, while baritone ukuleles are larger versions of a standard ukulele.
- Scale length: Baritone ukuleles have a shorter scale length than tenor guitars, although exact lengths may vary
Do I need specific strings for tenor acoustic guitar?
Although you don’t specifically need tenor acoustic guitar strings, there are a few brands that produce strings designed to work great with tenor acoustic guitars. However, different tunings require different strings, and tenor guitarists simply cannot agree on a chord. For this reason, some players simply purchase the individual string gauges that work with the desired tuning.
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