TENOR GUITAR AT A GLANCE

A tenor guitar is a fretted, four stringed instrument, most commonly shaped like a guitar.

scale length (approx):
23" (Gibson tenors are 22 3/4")
(6 string guitar = 25.5", plectrum guitar = 26")

standard tuning:
CGDA

standard string gauges:
.036 .024 .016 .010
(use bronze strings for acoustic, steel for electric)

alternative tunings:
Octave mandolin tuning: GDAE
"Guitar" tuning: DGBE

other possible tunings:
"Guitar" tuning, transposed up a fourth
(uke tuning, but G is 1 octave lower): GCEA
Slide: CGCG, or DADA

Instruction manuals and chord books for the tenor guitar are hard to come by, so beginners should find books for the tenor banjo, which is tuned in the same way.

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