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Aug 11, 2020 - 3:02:40 PM
27 posts since 5/22/2020

There’s a music place not too far from me that is selling a 1920’s National style O resonator tenor guitar with the case. It is in very good condition with some few minor scratches and dirt marks on the head, but I think that makes it look pretty good. Online it says “even if you are a 6-string guitar player, it is still fun to play” which makes me believe that they might have had a hard time trying to sell it. I 100% want to get a resonator tenor guitar in the future and I’m thinking now might be the time to get it, my only issue is I don’t know how much it could go for. They don’t have a set price on line, what is the lowest you think I could get it for?

Aug 11, 2020 - 4:05:02 PM



3116 posts since 2/20/2016
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A tenor should bring considerably less than a 6 string.

Intermountain Guitar and Banjo has a Triolian tenor listed for $1600. It's been there for a while, has been set up and adjusted, and has an added pickup and a replaced cone. That's the only comparison I can find from a well known shop at the moment. Prices on Triolian's are usually close to the same as prices for O's.

If the one you're looking at as a guitar shaped body, "sold" listings on Reverb show average asking prices around $1500 to $1600, with a few listed for as much as $2500. Bear in mind that these were the asking prices at the time of sale. They do not list the prices they actually sold for.

When I see instruments that are listed without prices, the first thing that comes into my mind is that the seller wants too much and is embarrassed to publish his price.

If the store is in your area, you could walk in, wave 10 hundred dollar bills in front of them, and see whether they take it. While there is a little bit of interest in tenor guitars these days, it's still a very small market and there are not many buyers for them. A few years ago, no one was interested in them at all.

Aug 12, 2020 - 4:40:35 AM

5736 posts since 9/5/2006

the national brand will bring the most as far as popularity,, but a full steel tenor 20s or 30s guitar ain't cheap.

does it look like this ?

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/12/2020 04:52:02

Aug 15, 2020 - 4:46:03 AM



2284 posts since 11/29/2005

Something like that is extremely slow to sell unless just a bargain.

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