- Jun 18, 2021
For quite a while now I've been looking at tenor guitars. Arthritis issues have hampered my 6 string playing for years now, then our bass player suggested trying a baritone ukulele. I found that I could play one for hours without pain or cramping in my fretting hand! So after three baritone ukes (that I played pretty much every day for the last three years), I found myself wanting steel strings again. Steel string baritones are hard to find and usually solid body electric ukes, which I wasn't interested in. I looked at some tenor guitars that were full sized, but really liked the compact size of my "baby Taylor" 6 string guitar. Finally I decided to purchase an Ibanez tenor which was virtually the same size as the Taylor. It arrived on Wednesday and I haven't put it down since! The fit and finish is really nice, the action is close and doesn't need a "set up", and sounds great. Lots of volume, deep overtones. My only complaints are the wound strings had corrosion on them, (I changed them out the next day) and it didn't come with a gig bag. I am using "Chicago tuning" by the way. The Ibanez is on the left, the Taylor is on the right...