Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Handmade hollowbody acoustic-electric tenor guitar for sale on eBay
When I first saw the thumbnail-sized photos for this guitar on eBay I thought it was yet another of those ghastly and often highly inaccurate model guitars. However, clicking through to the actual item's page, I find out that it is a handmade acoustic-electric tenor guitar. It does look rather "rustic" in appearance, but I think that's part of its charm. The seller claims that it is a very playable instrument, and the auction has already attracted a few bidders even though we're not talking big money at this stage. My one worry about it is that I doubt it has a truss rod (there certainly isn't a truss-rod cover to be seen, and bear in mind that this is a set neck instrument), so if there is any movement or curvature in the neck it's going to be difficult to correct. But as an example of a one-off hand-built instrument, probably not made by someone who's a luthier as such, it is a very interesting guitar.

Currently being auctioned on eBay UK.

G L Wilson

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  1. It's hard to imagine this have much of an acoustic sound, judging by the thickness of the top through the sound holes. It looks like someone has taken the carved top of an electric guitar and put it on an acoustic body.

  2. Hard to know for sure, but that thickness around the f-holes may just be reinforcement around the edges of the f-holes. The rest of the top may not be that thick. And even if I'm wrong it might still sound alright. You may be surprised.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the neck. That's maple, which is hard and stiff. And this neck is much wider than is necessary, and tenor necks tend to be thicker front to back as well, and it only has four strings. I've built backpacking guitars (6-strings) with long necks and without trussrods, they will bend a little and just stay that way (with a set of 9s). The first guitar (an acoustic) I ever built has a trussrod that has never needed adjustment. It's still straight as an arrow, over 35 years after it was built.

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