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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Blueridge BR-40T Contemporary Series Tenor Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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Overview
  • Select, solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic braces in the authentic X-pattern
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Natural high-gloss finish
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $650.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $245.01
  • Your Price:
    $40499

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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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (9)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I was skeptical...

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    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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    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!

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      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.

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      (1 of 1 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

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          (3 of 3 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

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            (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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            (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.

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            (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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Tenor Guitar

              By Dave

              from Saratoga Springs NY

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

              • End Pin Pulled Out

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

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

              I have been playing Baritone Ukulele for about a year or so. I was looking for a different sound, more guitar like. I tuned it the same as my Ukulele, DGBE and it sounds wonderful. The other great thing for me is I already knew how to play the chords.

              I plan to play this with other Ukulele players and don't see a problem blending in nicely. In fact I could play this instrument in any setting, my weekly tune jam group or in a bluegrass setting.

              It's a beautiful guitar, highly rated and I see why. The only thing with mine is the end pin pulled out while I was attaching my shoulder strap. It doesn't look like it was glued to begin with. Easy fix a dab of glue and should be all good.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love this tenor guitar!

              By markafly77

              from Ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

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

                First of all, there are not that many manufacturers building tenor guitars anymore, unless you want to get into a custom builder. That being said, I really don't think you can beat this tenor for the price, or probably even for anything close to this price. I have it in bouzouki tuning and it adds a nice compliment to regular acoustic guitar.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Blueridge Tenor Review

                By dave

                from Vallecito CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent workmanship
                • Fast Action
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Great Value
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Have Not Found Any

                Best Uses

                • Good All Around Axe
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

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

                a friend bought one and couldn't stop raving about it. I made my purchase based on his opinion of the guitar.

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