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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 24 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Stays in tune (12)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), 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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best of both worlds!

By Al Bode

from Charles City, IA

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

I already have a Martin LMX 4-string from MFriend and wanted a backup. I saw the Blueridge BR-40T, was intrigued by the price and size (it is larger than the Martin), and ordered. It was here in 2 days flat and what a full folk sound: I can do soft and sweet songs with the Martin and jam loudly with the Blueridge. It is like having the best of both worlds, Thanks to MFriend!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mr.

By Robert Swarts

from Pacific NW

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

The BG-40T is a very well constructed and finished guitar that also has excellent tonal qualities. As far as I can determine only Blueridge, Gold Tone and Martin currently produce relatively low cost tenor guitars. I was able to do a comparison playing with a Martin LXM tenor. Even though the Martin cost $100 more, I found the Blueridge superior. My only complaint is that the action is a trifle heavier than I like despite coming equipped with light strings; this was helped by switching to GHS silk and steel strings.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I was skeptical...

By Dave Mosher

from New Hapshire

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

Overall
I am so happy I bought this guitar. At first I was quite skeptical, especially due to the fact that Saga/Blueridge guitars are made in China. But I challenge anyone to find a tenor guitar that is built this well and sounds this good, right out of the box, that is made here in the US for this price. You won't find one. I love everything about this guitar. The size, the woods, the finish and the sound are all absolutely remarkable!! I'm a long-time Mandolin and Mandola player...both have been set aside.
I tried out a bunch of different used and vintage tenor guitars at several different guitar shops and they all sounded like junk. I was discourage and thought that maybe all tenors sound that way and maybe I shouldn't get one. With Musician's Friend you get a 45 day money back guarantee so I figured it's worth a try. No need for that! I'll go to my grave with this guitar. It is truly that good.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OWN 2 BR-40T

By Tim-iaeA8

from NY

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

I spent some time searching for tenors. Anyone who has looked already knows the options of what is available. I curently own a Soaresys, and an Ozark. I brought the Blueridge because it seemed the best value for the buck. Well, IMHO, it is excellent! I originally bought it to tune gdae, but tried dgbe first. I loved the sound so much in dgbe, that I went ahead and bought another BR for gdae. Had to adjust nut for larger strings. Havent adjusted saddle yet. I love this guitar! I play tenor banjo, mando and alittle six string. But after having these guitars for over 5 months now, I pick them up first. Great guitar for the money!!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The BEST for Me BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar

By Clay Potts

from Tarpon Springs, Florida

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

Best on the market right now.
I came to the guitar late in life. I tried a 6 string, but my fingers would not cooperate with my brain like they used to. I went to the Dulcimerm then a strmstick, then a uke...then I discovered this.

My musical life is now complete. I play this thing everyday and in my live shows. Blueridge did an amazing job on this instrument, plus I'm a fan of Jimmy Capps, who also uses a Blueridge (6 string of course), but he could play any brand he liked and chose The BR.

GET THIS!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE IT!

By Ivorette

from Katy, TX

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

After frustrating myself for months on a six-string guitar, I was inspired by Neko Case to look into the tenor guitar as a musical alternative. As anyone who has searched for a tenor guitar knows, the selection isn't much. I went with the Blueridge because it seemed like the best quality for the money versus the Aria and the Martin. I, however, had heard horror stories about the Blueridge having no adjustible truss rod, very high action from the nut, and poor tone quality. Not so with the product I received! My tenor guitar came with a truss rod, bone nut and saddle, and a great sound right out of the box. After installing a soundhole pickup, this guitar is my favorite weekend axe.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun with the BR 40 T

By Notta Geek

from Colorado

About Me Novice

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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

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent

      By Madgil

      from Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

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

        Great instrument.Good sound, nice action.If you play mandolin or fiddle it's a great second instrument.Easy to chord for small hands or people who find guitar too difficult.Very happy with this instrument and the good fast service from musician friend.

        (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

          (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.

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