1. NEW! - VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - LUTHIER RESTORED & READY TO GO! - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR RESONATOR - DOBRO "CYCLOPS" USA, OMI PERIOD, MAPLE BISCUIT BRIDGE 4-STRING GUITAR - VTGC1052.
Very Rare, Iconic, "Single Screen" Guitar, based on the original Early '30s model, revived in the OMI Dobro Period, and recently Luthier Rebuilt by Colin Keefe.
£1299
Intro
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26/08/2019 - Selling on commission for a customer.
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A Unique Instrument which will appeal to many players & collectors of rare instruments from the world of blues, bluegrass, country & folk, including both tenor guitar & tenor players.

Unique, because of the inherent rarity of the "Cyclops" single screen Dobro in any form, but most particularly as a tenor guitar....but also unique in that you will not find another instrument of this type which has been taken in hand and restored/rebuilt, to the very highest standard, by a recognised, highly skilled professional Luthier & Guitar Builder, as this one has been by Colin Keefe.
Description
Stock Number: VTGC1052.

Maple Body, resonator, other parts and internal transducer pickup are as the guitar came, but have been restored and overhauled by Colin Keefe, Luthier and highly-respected guitar builder (https://www.keefeguitars.co.uk/).

The guitar came following ill-advised alterations to fit a banjo neck, but included the original headstock. This has enabled Colin to make a faithful reproduction of the original neck and headstock, fitted with quality Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs (https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Banjo_Tuning_Machines/Five-Star_Banjo_Tuning_Pegs.html).

The guitar also came with the unique artwork on the ribs/sides of the body....this Palm Tree themed decoration is entirely in keeping, in similar style to the etched decoration on many a metal-bodied resonator, but in this case engraved into the wood....the decoration has been completed with high degree of skill and is now protected by clear finish Colin has applied.

The neck Colin has made is of 3-piece Maple construction, with fully bound Ebony fingerboard, magical inlays and custom Dobro name decal from Rothco & Frost (https://www.rothkoandfrost.com/).

"Moon & Stars" coverplate is traditional on Dobro, and various other resonator guitars.

Dimensions of the guitar are 90cm./35.4" overall length, 42.5cm./16.75" body length, 33.25cm./13.1" max. body width/lower bout, 19.5cm./9.5" upper bout, 8.25cm./3.2" body depth front & rear, 572mm./22.5" scale, 31.5mm./1.25" nut width, 39.5mm./1.55" fingerboard width @ 12th. fret.
Condition
Fully restored & rebuilt as described in the Description Intro above.

There is a type of transducer pickup installed, but the type is not known, therefore we are unable to advise on sound quality/performance, but there is an output, via rear jack socket, but output appears to be low, and it is assumed would require suitable pre-amp boost if output is suitable for plugged-in use of the guitar.
Action, strings & cases
The action at the 12th. fret is currently around 3mm., which is quite satisfactory for a near 23" scale tenor guitar and the guitar plays very nicely indeed, but after an initial settling down period since restoration, there is margin for slight adjustment of string slots on both the nut and the saddle, following which the action will be slightly lower. The existing strings measure at 10, 13.5, 21W & 31W gauges for "Standard" CGDA tenor guitar tuning.

Various string gauge options are available, according to the tuning you intend to employ (see General Tenor Guitar Info. opposite). I generally use Eagle-Newtone dedicated tenor guitar string sets, but happy to discuss other string types/gauges to buyer's requirements.

The guitar comes in a traditional type, but oversize black covered hard case. Alternatively, I should be able to supply a Hiscox Liteflite or PRO11 case at modest additional cost, if required.

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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I have not yet found any YouTube clips of Dobro Cyclops of any form, but from the various clips of Vintage Dobro & National Tenor Guitars available, I embedded one entitled "Ride Old Buck to Water" on Dobro Tenor Guitar by Justin Hoffenberg, with two further clips as the Additional Links below, showing different playing styles on resonator tenors.
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Delivery details
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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*** GENERAL TENOR GUITAR INFO. ***
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Experts and Tenor Guitar/Banjo players will know far more than I do about the tuning options for Tenor Guitars, but there is also information available on the web, including the very useful "Tenor Guitar Chord Bible" by Tobe A. Richards, available online from Fretted Friends, with chords for CGDA (Standard Tuning) and GDAE (Irish Tuning), as opposed to the Chicago tuning, derived from the 6 string. Various string makers produce string sets specifically for Tenor Guitar, and the excellent Huddersfield based Eagle Music sell their "Eagle-Puretone" dedicated Tenor Guitar Strings in 3 sets:- "Chicago" 13/17/26W/34W, "Standard" 10/13/24W/32W, and "Irish" 12/18W/28W/38W - in both loop end & ball end Nickel & Bronze - I will consult the buyer as to their choice of preferred string gauges, according to the tuning they use.

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Video
Useful links
Bluegrass Picking - 1929 National Triolian Wood-Bodied Tenor by The Guitologist
Crooked Tree Waltz- Reso Tenor Guitar by Aaron Keim
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