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    Hi

    Noob question, are tenor guitars usually less deep in the body than regular guitars eg ooo size?

    I love guitar sound but find six string guitars a little painful to stretch my fingers eg G7 chord across all six strings and also reaching over the body even on a 3/4 guitat causes a small amount of pain in my prolapsed lumbar disks. If Ukuleles didn’t exist I would play guitar but ukuleles are more comfortable.

    I think tenor guitar may solve all my issues if the body is less deep, I have familiarised myself with length and width. I am
    Particularly thinking blue ridge

    Just wondering if I should buy a baritone ukulele or jump straight to tenor guita

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    David

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    I have a Blueridge 40TCE tenor guitar, measures 4" depth at bottom, I've a Martin 000-15M, it measures 4-1/16" and I've a Kamaka baritone, measures 3-3/8". As you can see the Blueridge is the same depth as the much bigger Martin 000-15M guitar. Hope that helps.
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    Maybe look at the Kala Baritone travel ukes. You won't find a shallower body depth, I've heard good things about them.
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    Thanks, tenor guitars looked a bit thinner than standard on YouTube. I guess the difference is minor.

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    The thinner the body, the less volume and power it'll have compared to the same size body a bit deeper. If your intent is to lessen the complications from your lumbar disc, I suggest getting a smaller body, shorter scaled baritone. The longer scale of the TG means your arm will be stretched out more that may cause more pressure on your lower back. With a deeper bodied bari. you'll gain the volume and power found in a thinner bodied TG without the strain caused by the bigger body and longer scale.

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    My Kala tenor guitar measures 3 and 3/8” at the bottom.

    I like it a lot, but it makes lots of mistakes.
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    Thanks, I was thinking about the Kala. I am basically looking for something bigger than a tenor ukulele but smaller than a 3/4 six string guitar (I had access to an aria for a while). I will look at baritone Ukes again as well

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    Another possibility is a size 5 tenor. Mine has a body depth of 3.25”-3.75” and a bottom bout 11.25” wide.

    I often find six-string guitars a bit too big for comfort, but I *really* like the size of that size 5 tenor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    The thinner the body, the less volume and power it'll have compared to the same size body a bit deeper. If your intent is to lessen the complications from your lumbar disc, I suggest getting a smaller body, shorter scaled baritone. The longer scale of the TG means your arm will be stretched out more that may cause more pressure on your lower back. With a deeper bodied bari. you'll gain the volume and power found in a thinner bodied TG without the strain caused by the bigger body and longer scale.
    I don't agree. I've only made a couple of tenor guitars, but both have shallow bodies around 3 inches deep and they will happily compete with dreadnaughts on volume and power. It all depends on how they are built - I can't answer for commercial offerings though.

    Even in the same Chicago (DGBE) tuning a baritone ukulele sounds nothing like a tenor guitar - if that's the sound the OP is looking for, I don't think a baritone uke will be a substitute.

    I think the OP has to find some tenors and try them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfChris View Post
    Even in the same Chicago (DGBE) tuning a baritone ukulele sounds nothing like a tenor guitar - if that's the sound the OP is looking for, I don't think a baritone uke will be a substitute.

    I think the OP has to find some tenors and try them out.
    ProfChris makes an excellent point. They really do sound different from one another.

    I had to travel a long way to demo the tenor guitar I ended up purchasing, but I haven't once regretted it.
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