Unextended range guitars (Guitalele, etc.)

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  1. 7stringstohangyouwith

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    I'm curious about guitars that are unusual such as the Guitalele (guitar meets ukulele). I think Yamaha has one for about $99. I wonder what other unusual guitars are out there that are either extended or unextended range? I'm interested in hearing what you guys have if you own one.
     
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    i have the yamaha guitalele, it's fun to mess around with from time to time. basically it's the sonic equivalent of putting a capo on the 5th fret of a normal guitar.
    6 string banjos/banjotars are also super fun since they're still in standard guitar tuning but the twang of the banjo head can add a cool element to certain riffs.
     
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    Unextended range? Does that mean standard range or reduced range?
     
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    Eastwood, that company that puts out a bunch of vintage repros, features a series of electric mandolins, tenor guitars (23" GDAE), "tenor baritone" (26" CGDA tuned), and a "mandocello" (25.5" CGDA double-coursed).

    Of course, the 5ths-tuning evokes the defunct Schecter Celloblaster.
     
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    sure

     
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    I just remembered I need new strings for my guitalele. I love that thing, it really brings out creativity!
     
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    I saw that tenor baritone (4 string 26" scale) and all I could think was "I wanna tune that in AEAE and just have the ultimate no frills slam riff guitar" :lol:

    Might remove all the frets past the 5th for good measure lol.
     
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    Can't find it in black, so hard!

     
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    I'm curious if tenor guitars or baritone guitars are "darker" in tone?

     
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    I had no idea the Celloblaster was a thing. Part of me wants one. Another part of me thinks they're kinda odd and probably wouldn't have much use.
     
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    ^Yeah, I mean you can try out 5ths tuning on a regular guitar and see if you like it. But isn't "want to try out another configuration" always a cause for GAS? :lol:
     
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    So are tenor guitars darker in sound or has nothing to do with it but more about tuning? The band Immolation always had that very dark guitar tone, that's melodic and baritone(?) in sound?
     
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    Speaking of tenor guitars, anyone here play one? They're 4 stringed guitars, kind of like a fuck you to 8 string guitars. Eastwood seem to be the only company that makes them.
     
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    Tenor guitars had their heyday about 100 years ago. Ani DiFranco comes to mind as the most prominent modern tenor guitarist. I've played one on one occasion, and thought it was just a regular guitar, missing the lowest strings. Nothing magical for me.

    The celloblaster, on the other hand, seems nifty. I also have a few electric mandolins. Those are nifty, but I honestly don't play mandolin much at all anymore. I played a guitarbanjo a few times. I think they might as well be 5 string with Keith Richards tuning. The low E (for that matter tge lowest 3 notes) don't resonate at all and just sound totally dead.

    If they made a travel 6 string that was around 22" scale, I could see a few possible uses for someone like me.
     
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    My vote for that 22" 6 string travel electric bolt-on for easy disassembly guitar. I would definitely buy it.
     
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    I think Nick Cave's guitarist also favors a tenor guitar.

     
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    Neko Case is a great tenor player.

    I really dig the Two Man Gentleman Band.

    I love playing tenor(CGDA), it sits so nicely in a mix. A lot of different chord voicings.

    The cello blaster is cool. You can do a similar thing with a 3/4 guitar and just use 5 strings. Also Robert Fripp has his new standard tuning, which is essentially a tenor/5ths tuning.

    It’s called Chicago Tuning if it’s like the top 4 strings of a guitar.

    Eastwood has a good intro page:

    https://eastwoodguitars.com/blogs/news/tenor-guitars-guide-what-you-need-to-know
     

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