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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 21 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (9)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), 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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    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 1 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

          (4 of 4 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 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

                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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (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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