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Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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Blueridge has re-introduced the classic O-sized tenor guitar and has perfectly reproduced this popular model down to the last detail. You'll love the...Read More

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O-sized tenor acoustic guitar with beauty and playability for a great price.

Blueridge has re-introduced the classic O-sized tenor guitar and has perfectly reproduced this popular model down to the last detail. You'll love the distinct bright, ringing sound of the tenor guitar that sports a gorgeous Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides.

FEATURES
  • Select, solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic braces in the authentic X-pattern
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Natural high-gloss finish
  • Multi-ply tortoise body binding
  • Carved mahogany, low profile
  • neck with dot position
  • markers
  • East Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • and bridge
  • Dovetail neck/body joint
  • Blueridge logo in m-o-p with ornate m-o-p and abalone peghead inlay
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Black pickguard
  • Vintage-style, 14:1 ratio, nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style
  • buttons
  • Nut width: 1-9/32"
  • Scale length: 22-7/8"

One of the most comfortable and sweet-sounding guitars you're likely to lay your hands on.

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BlueridgeBR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fun with the BR 40 T

    I received my BR 40T on 7/31/2014. First impressions:
    Kudos to BR , MF, and UPS, all combining for a near-perfect product. Great build, packing, and no smashes...Read complete review

    I received my BR 40T on 7/31/2014. First impressions:
    Kudos to BR , MF, and UPS, all combining for a near-perfect product. Great build, packing, and no smashes on the box. Looked like white glove treatment. Great fit and trim on the guitar. No dents, flaws, etc. One thing: The spruce top is made from "bookmatched" halves, yet shading is slightly different on the two sides. From the left side, it appears that the right side is a darker color. From the right, they look identical. I guess that is the wood grain that does that.

    There is a small binding down the middle of the back, not shown on the pictures on the web site. Although many guitars and ukes have this, I did not expect it. No biggie. The mahagony looks to be solid even though it is laminated. Great finish. The inside is VERY clean and neat; great interior finish.

    Although not shown on the web site or in the specs, there is a strap button on the bottom, none on the neck. If you plan to use a strap, you'll need to use one that ties above the nut, or have a button professionally installed. I would not try it myself. The truss rod goes thru the lower neck (you can see the adjustment thingie thru the sound hole. Oh, and they include an allen wrench to use for any adjustment, but I don't know how to do that; seems if you change the angle of the neck, It won't fit properly where they join … but what do I know, this is my first guitar). One reviewer made the point that the strap button fell off and he had to put a drop of glue on it; not so. Those buttons are not glued on at the factory, they are intended to simply wedge in and hold with friction (I learned this on a C F Martin YouTube about attaching a strap – I figure they know as well as anyone).
    As a 5 year baritone ukulele player, I had never heard of a tenor guitar until about two weeks ago. I saw where Kala is coming out with one, and I did some research. I settled on the BR model as more cost effective, larger, and more readily available than the Kala, but not many options out there. My thought was to tune this DGBE. I later vacillated between trying to learn the tenor chords, or re-tune as DGBE, but finally decided (after looking at a tenor chord chart) not to go thru the brain and finger damage of trying to reinvent the chord. I may lose a little of the brightness of the tenor tuning, but hey, I'm old and only have so long to enjoy this thing.
    I tried to let the guitar "settle in" and adjust to my low humidity environment (front range Colorado), but after a few hours, I couldn't wait any longer and got to tuning it. The BR comes with D'Addario strings – presumably the J 66 set – but I wasn't sure how those would adapt to DGBE tuning. Eventually, I found a chart- reprinted below - which gives the preferred string sizes, and I thought the J66 might be OK- although not right on the money - in DGBE tuning. So, I plowed ahead and tightened them up (they arrived a little slack for any tuning). I had to stretch them out only once after seeing them lose tune quickly each time I used my chromo tuner. They have held DGBE tuning ever since then. I think next time I install strings, I will install four of the standard 6 string guitar strings, and give the lowest two to my brother who plays a six string. Less brain damage than trying to get single strings, a few substitutes, etc. I ordered some Martin light accoustic bronze strings from MF for the next experiment. The D'Adarrio strings actually sound good, with the possible exception of the 1st string (bottom for a right hand player, E for the DGBE tuning). It is in tune but is maybe too bright for the others when that string is played open; I'm thinking the larger gauge of the light standard acoustic guitar strings (for standard guitar tuning) - .012 vs .010 will settle this problem, and maybe put less pressure on the bridge. I'll update after I change them out – don't know when.
    Baritone Uke players beware: Guitar weight, size and string composition put additional strain on your hands, arms, and finger tips. It'll take some getting used to, but certainly not a barrier to getting another great instrument.

    This thing sounds fabulous, but keep in mind this is my first guitar. Great sustain. Perfect intonation. Very well made. Congrats to the Chi-coms, and to Blueridge.

    Tenor Guitar String-Tuning & -Gauges Chart
    Type of string will vary from maker to maker. Bronze, Steel, and Nickel will vary.
    Most of the plain strings work about the same. But wound ones vary.
    Gauges will very with scale and type of strings.
    The trick is to get a nice even tension across the bridge without too much pull on the neck.
    According to Steve Pyott @ tenorguitar.com
    Standard Tenor Tuning C G D A
    23" Scale
    036 024 016 010
    La Bella 700T 027 020 013 009 x-Light
    D'Addario J-66 032 022 014 010 Light
    GHS CU-BBTG 032 024 013 010 Light
    033 025 015 011 Medium
    Guitar Tuning D G B E
    23" Scale
    026 020 015 011 x-Light
    029 022 017 013 Light
    032 025 018 014 Medium

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Something wasn't right

    Maybe it was me and my lack of knowledge with a tenor guitar, that's why I hesitate to slam the instrument or BlueRidge guitars. Or, there was something structurally wrong with the one...Read complete review

    Maybe it was me and my lack of knowledge with a tenor guitar, that's why I hesitate to slam the instrument or BlueRidge guitars. Or, there was something structurally wrong with the one I received. It would not tune correctly, and when I would get it tuned the best I could, it was the most horrible sounding instrument I have ever played. I even put new D'Addario tenor strings on it and it did not help. I used a brand new Korg Chromatic tuner, tried tuning it the normal CGDA tuning, and nothing helped. Any of the tenor guitar/banjo chords I tried sounded horrible. I wound up it sending it back to MF.
    It appears to be a very well made instrument. I hate to give it a bad review since it could have been me, or something wrong with that particular one. No problems with MF on the return and refund.
    I would recommend others to try it just in case mine was defective. It looks like a real quality piece.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well built and nicely set up.

    By jcro

    from Philadelphia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

      Played well right out of the box in CGDA tuning.

      I retuned down a fourth to GDAE octave mandolin tuning using John Pearse 80/20 tenor guitar strings designed for that tuning.

      After recutting the nut to accomodate the larger gauge strings and tweaking the truss rod to flatten the neck a bit, this little guitar really opened up.

      The tone is very rich with great sustain. Played with a flat pick the volume is comparable to a parlor guitar, a bit less loud than a typical quality dreadnought.

      It's only had two weeks of playing, so I can't comment on a lot but the experience so far has been quite positive.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My first effort at a tenor

      By Joe

      from Yorktown, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • No Case Or Bag

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

      I've never played or owned a tenor guitar before this little Blueridge BR-40T, so I have nothing to compare it to other than a standard six-string. I've only had it a week, so it has not yet "settled in," much less opened up, though I expect it will with time and playing.

      This is actually the second one MF delivered; the first had a finish flaw on the top but MF made the return and exchange an easy (and free to me) process with no questions asked. Fit and finish of this one is very good. Action's a little high for my taste, but I can fix that. Treble response is bright and clear. Bass response is surprisingly good for a small body (lower bout is only 13.625 w x 4 d). Bass is a little tight or thumpy but is getting better with each playing.

      It's a fun instrument to play. There's a bit of a learning curve with all new chords and scales (tuned CGDA), though I did tune Chicago (DGBE) the first couple of days to find out what it sounded like with standard guitar chords and scales. Looking forward to giving lots of play time.

      I do wish they had included a case or at least a gig bag.

      Kudos to MF for the standing behind their products and making the exchange absolutely painless. Thank you for that.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice instrument

      By Ed

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

          I've only had it for a few days, but it sounds good, plays good, and stays in tune. I was a bit nervous since it was a return, but those fears were unfounded.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Four string fun

          By Quarter

          from Mississippi

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy on the fingers
          • Fun To Play
          • Sounds great
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Good Ole Gospel

            Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

            Easy to go from baritone uke to this!

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Something wasn't right

            By JayJay

            from Ocklawaha, FL

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Not Consistent
            • Requires Constant Tuning

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

            Maybe it was me and my lack of knowledge with a tenor guitar, that's why I hesitate to slam the instrument or BlueRidge guitars. Or, there was something structurally wrong with the one I received. It would not tune correctly, and when I would get it tuned the best I could, it was the most horrible sounding instrument I have ever played. I even put new D'Addario tenor strings on it and it did not help. I used a brand new Korg Chromatic tuner, tried tuning it the normal CGDA tuning, and nothing helped. Any of the tenor guitar/banjo chords I tried sounded horrible. I wound up it sending it back to MF.
            It appears to be a very well made instrument. I hate to give it a bad review since it could have been me, or something wrong with that particular one. No problems with MF on the return and refund.
            I would recommend others to try it just in case mine was defective. It looks like a real quality piece.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fun with the BR 40 T

            By NottaGeek

            from Colorado

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

                I received my BR 40T on 7/31/2014. First impressions:
                Kudos to BR , MF, and UPS, all combining for a near-perfect product. Great build, packing, and no smashes on the box. Looked like white glove treatment. Great fit and trim on the guitar. No dents, flaws, etc. One thing: The spruce top is made from "bookmatched" halves, yet shading is slightly different on the two sides. From the left side, it appears that the right side is a darker color. From the right, they look identical. I guess that is the wood grain that does that.

                There is a small binding down the middle of the back, not shown on the pictures on the web site. Although many guitars and ukes have this, I did not expect it. No biggie. The mahagony looks to be solid even though it is laminated. Great finish. The inside is VERY clean and neat; great interior finish.

                Although not shown on the web site or in the specs, there is a strap button on the bottom, none on the neck. If you plan to use a strap, you'll need to use one that ties above the nut, or have a button professionally installed. I would not try it myself. The truss rod goes thru the lower neck (you can see the adjustment thingie thru the sound hole. Oh, and they include an allen wrench to use for any adjustment, but I don't know how to do that; seems if you change the angle of the neck, It won't fit properly where they join … but what do I know, this is my first guitar). One reviewer made the point that the strap button fell off and he had to put a drop of glue on it; not so. Those buttons are not glued on at the factory, they are intended to simply wedge in and hold with friction (I learned this on a C F Martin YouTube about attaching a strap – I figure they know as well as anyone).
                As a 5 year baritone ukulele player, I had never heard of a tenor guitar until about two weeks ago. I saw where Kala is coming out with one, and I did some research. I settled on the BR model as more cost effective, larger, and more readily available than the Kala, but not many options out there. My thought was to tune this DGBE. I later vacillated between trying to learn the tenor chords, or re-tune as DGBE, but finally decided (after looking at a tenor chord chart) not to go thru the brain and finger damage of trying to reinvent the chord. I may lose a little of the brightness of the tenor tuning, but hey, I'm old and only have so long to enjoy this thing.
                I tried to let the guitar "settle in" and adjust to my low humidity environment (front range Colorado), but after a few hours, I couldn't wait any longer and got to tuning it. The BR comes with D'Addario strings – presumably the J 66 set – but I wasn't sure how those would adapt to DGBE tuning. Eventually, I found a chart- reprinted below - which gives the preferred string sizes, and I thought the J66 might be OK- although not right on the money - in DGBE tuning. So, I plowed ahead and tightened them up (they arrived a little slack for any tuning). I had to stretch them out only once after seeing them lose tune quickly each time I used my chromo tuner. They have held DGBE tuning ever since then. I think next time I install strings, I will install four of the standard 6 string guitar strings, and give the lowest two to my brother who plays a six string. Less brain damage than trying to get single strings, a few substitutes, etc. I ordered some Martin light accoustic bronze strings from MF for the next experiment. The D'Adarrio strings actually sound good, with the possible exception of the 1st string (bottom for a right hand player, E for the DGBE tuning). It is in tune but is maybe too bright for the others when that string is played open; I'm thinking the larger gauge of the light standard acoustic guitar strings (for standard guitar tuning) - .012 vs .010 will settle this problem, and maybe put less pressure on the bridge. I'll update after I change them out – don't know when.
                Baritone Uke players beware: Guitar weight, size and string composition put additional strain on your hands, arms, and finger tips. It'll take some getting used to, but certainly not a barrier to getting another great instrument.

                This thing sounds fabulous, but keep in mind this is my first guitar. Great sustain. Perfect intonation. Very well made. Congrats to the Chi-coms, and to Blueridge.

                Tenor Guitar String-Tuning & -Gauges Chart
                Type of string will vary from maker to maker. Bronze, Steel, and Nickel will vary.
                Most of the plain strings work about the same. But wound ones vary.
                Gauges will very with scale and type of strings.
                The trick is to get a nice even tension across the bridge without too much pull on the neck.
                According to Steve Pyott @ tenorguitar.com
                Standard Tenor Tuning C G D A
                23" Scale
                036 024 016 010
                La Bella 700T 027 020 013 009 x-Light
                D'Addario J-66 032 022 014 010 Light
                GHS CU-BBTG 032 024 013 010 Light
                033 025 015 011 Medium
                Guitar Tuning D G B E
                23" Scale
                026 020 015 011 x-Light
                029 022 017 013 Light
                032 025 018 014 Medium

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Br40t was just what i had hoped it woul

                By steve

                from Austin Tx

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

                  If you wondering about the quality, its fine. i mostly use it with a martin or
                  collings .realy fills in nice. with such a strong full bright instrument i could
                  see no reason to spend more. i was afraid it would have a thin sound but thats not the case. only give it 4 stars because for me its a sometimes guitar.
                  when i do play it it fills in great

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A very nice instrument

                  By deanodime

                  from Fort Worth, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                  • No Cons at all

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

                  Been hankering for a tenor for a while now. This one got consistently good reviews and when MF offered one as "used" in #2 condition, I ordered it. Darned if I can find a mark anywhere on it - It looks to be new. Out of the box, it tuned right up and has held tuning very well. Fit and finish are excellent - no flaws at all, even inside it seems to be clean and neat. It sounds great, looks great, plays great... I love it. Could not be more pleased.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  NOT TOO SMALL-NOT TOO LARGE-JUST RIGHT !

                  By RICHARD

                  from FIRCREST, WASHINGTON

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Perfect size
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                  • None Whatsoever

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues
                  • Uke Tuning

                  Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

                  UNEASY AT FIRST THAT IT MIGHT BE MARGINAL QUALITY CONSTRUCTION AND MARGINAL QUALITY SOUND. MY MISGIVINGS WERE DASHED ONCE I STRUCK THE FIRST CHORD.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Buy it, you'll like it!

                  By cb56

                  from Taylorville,Illinois

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to play
                  • Great Setup
                  • Nice Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Great For Dgbe Tuning

                    Comments about Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar:

                    Great instrument for the price. Came with perfect setup. Can't find one negative thing to say about it.

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