Name: Tenor Guitar.
Type: Chordophones > Composite > Lutes > Guitar.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Scale Length: 530 mm to 580 mm / 1 inch to 23 inch
Courses: Four Individual Strings.
Region: North America.
Description: The earliest origins of the tenor guitar are not clear, it seems unlikely that a true four-stringed “tenor” guitar appeared before the late 1920s. Gibson built the tenor lute TL-4 in 1924. Which had a lute-like pear-shaped body, four strings and tenor banjo neck.
It’s possible that similar instruments were made by other manufacturers such as Lyon and Healy and banjo makers such as Bacon. In the same period banjo makers, such as Paramount, built transitional round banjo-like wood-bodied instruments with four strings, tenor banjo necks and called “tenor harps”. Production instruments of the tenor banjo since 1927 onwards have been largely manufactured by Gibson and Martin.
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