October 22, 2016 – El Rio Progresses

It seems that there is a notable Maccaferri revival! Here is another example, this time it is a tenor. Not a tenor ukulele like the Amigo, but a tenor guitar.

Selmer, the company who made these instruments decades ago, only assembled a couple dozen. It came to be after Eddie Freeman, an English jazz and flamenco musician. He originally played the tenor banjo and when the guitar gained popularity he requested this instrument as a bridge between the two worlds.

In this case this is a precise duplicate with two exceptions, the scale length is 23 inches (58.4cm) and I have applied my own “X” bracing.

This guitar features a Bear Claw Sitka Spruce top, Ziricote back and sides, a Mahogany neck and Swiss Schertler tuners. I have tested the acoustics in the “white” and these tests all point to an instrument with exceptional tonal qualities.

I should be able to complete it in the next three weeks, stay tuned for final images!