TENOR GUITAR HALL OF FAME
There were many musicians who
played the four string tenor guitar over the years, but none
were as visible or as well known as Nick Reynolds of The
Nick's small four string
guitar was on the cover of almost every Kingston Trio Album.
And when the Trio performed on television for millions of
viewers, musicians took note of Nick's guitar and were moved
to find out what kind of instrument it was and buy one for
themselves, so they too, could play like The Kingston Trio
and sound like Nick Reynolds.
Nick loved the sound of the
small guitar and put a capo on the fifth fret to get an even
higher pitched sound. It became The Kingston Trio's sound.
When you ask a tenor guitar
player of a certain age, how they first became interested in
the tenor guitar, the answer is, in most cases, "because
Nick Reynolds played one."
It didn't matter that Nick
tuned his tenor like the top four strings of a six string
guitar because he was used to playing a baritone ukulele.
Followers would acquire a tenor guitar at a music store, and
in those days, all major instrument companies made a tenor
guitar, or a tenor guitar might be special ordered along
with a Mel Bay tenor banjo book to learn the chords.
Long before the "internet" all information was word of
"It's a tenor guitar! It's tuned like a tenor banjo! Buy a
tenor banjo book!"
It is only natural that the
personal most responsible, totally without intention, to
have made the most serious impact on the promotion and
growth of the tenor guitar, the person who most
single-handedly put this obscure instrument on the map, and
the person who has had such an influence on myself, members
of The Tenor Guitar Registry, and whose presence is felt at
every Tenor Guitar Gathering of any kind, anywhere, should
be the very first musician inducted to the Tenor Guitar Hall
And so, on this day of June 3,
2011, in the town of Astoria, Oregon, on behalf of tenor
guitarists all around the world, we hereby proudly induct
Nick Reynolds as the first inductee to The Tenor Guitar Hall
Reynolds with Dad, Nick