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Electric tenor guitar with in-built banjo head and ring

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Jan 12, 2019 - 12:15:32 PM
533 posts since 6/4/2015

Hi all,

I own a flat-body electric tenor guitar. In a previous life a three-quarter electric six-string of unknown provenance.

At one point, I considered having a banjo ring and head built into its body, but ultimately decided against it. The risk too great of ruining an instrument I'm really attached to. But also because electric tenor guitars are hard to come by, in Europe.

My aim, at the time, was playing and recording with as little audio volume as possible. My electric tenor indeed pretty noiseless, when practicing unamplified.

The same theme has come up again now, so I'm curious.

Has anybody on this forum practical experience with electric tenor guitar with in-built banjo head and ring? Something in the vein of the Gold Tone EBM4, for instance?

Let's put it like this: what's the sound volume of electric tenor guitar with added banjo head like, if played unamplified, compared to acoustic banjo? Would the neighbours still bang on the walls, if those walls were actually no more than thin perspex separations?

Veerstryngh Thynner

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:21:59 AM

533 posts since 6/4/2015

No reply at all? So no one on BHO has ever touched a Gold Tone EBM4 electric tenor?

Veerstryngh Thynner

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:27:34 AM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

I've never heard of one until you mentioned it vt. Sounds pretty cool though from what I hear online

Edited by - davidcava on 01/15/2019 09:28:22

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:50:06 AM

533 posts since 6/4/2015

Gold Tone banjos are pretty expensive, I noticed. Their EBM4, too. Incidentally, David, what might interest you (and folks on the Scruggs forum, too, maybe), that Gold Tone also has an electric 5-string in their range (EBM5)! Since you're on 5-string as well, I understand.

Now, my beloved electric tenor guitar used to be a three-quarter six-string body electric, before modification. I consulted two luthiers on feasibility of building in tone ring and head - and both thought that it's doable.

Secondly, it seems that flat-body electric tenor guitars are being built again. I think I saw some advertised on Amazon - and reasonably priced, too. So given that there are many superbly skilful banjo builders on BHO, I'd guess that adding tone ring and head to an existing flat-body electic tenor guitar might be far more attractive than throwing a fortune Gold Tone's way.

Veerstryngh Thynner

Edited by - Veerstryngh Thynner on 01/16/2019 11:55:27

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:55:36 AM

50804 posts since 12/14/2005

Seems to me that IF appearance is not highly important, you could get a SIX string electric, and narrow down the neck, and add a banjo head, much like I did with this Six -to-Five conversion


Jan 16, 2019 - 12:06:53 PM

533 posts since 6/4/2015

Exactly, Mike! Appearance doesn't really matter. Question though: was the electric tenor you built a full-size standard electric, before modification?

Three-quarters turned out the perfect format for solid-body electric tenor guitar, at the time. Standard electric  wouldn't have worked out, I guess. But three-quarters flat-body six-strings and flat-body electric tenor guitars are virtually of the same size. So adding ring and head to a commercially available electric tenor guitar makes sense since that'll cut out  modifying a standard electric six-stringer first altogether!

Veerstryngh Thynner

Edited by - Veerstryngh Thynner on 01/16/2019 12:30:07

Jan 16, 2019 - 3:06:50 PM

533 posts since 6/4/2015

I'm wondering now as to whether this subject might be better placed in Building & Repair.

VT

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