Dating a gibson 4 string tenor acoustic guitar
In musical letters this scale would be "C D E F G A B C".
It is an eight note scale where the first note and eighth note are one octave apart.
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Another very important type of transitional instrument of this period of the late twenties and early thirties were the metal bodied resonator tenor and plectrum guitars made by National and Dobro.
The use of this tuning, however, is not restricted to this style of music.
The tuning in fifths also means that the tenor guitar, and it's cousin the tenor banjo, are similar to the violin and mandolin families of instruments, mandolin, violin, mandola, viola, mando-cello and cello, and they can all be played with the same chord shapes.
Although they were somewhat guitar-like in sound and their resonator systems gave them significant volume, they also had a very unusual sonority and many tenor or plectrum banjo players doubled on these instruments to add variety and character to their playing in jazz and other types of bands of the period such as 'western swing' or 'Texas swing' and Hawaiian bands. It was generally tuned C or D, G, B, D which, like the tenor banjo, gave rise to another type of four string guitar, tuned in a similar way, which was called a plectrum guitar.
The plectrum banjo was another popular instrument that was used for the rhythm sections of jazz bands and dance orchestras, particularly on the West Coast of the U. Unlike the tenor guitar though, he plectrum guitar had a scale length of 26 inches, making it closer to that of a normal six string guitar.