BN-10D Tenor Guitar
Our Tenor Guitar is a variation of the traditional steel string Tenor Guitars of the past. For Pono Guitars it actually started with a famous Hawaiian musician named Buddy Fo. He has since passed away, but he is still well respected in the Hawaiian islands.
He played a Martin Tenor Guitar, which on occasion was in our shop for repairs. Interestingly he was the only musician we knew of who used nylon strings on an X braced Tenor Guitar (designed for steel strings). Back in the 40's, 50's and 60's the Tenor Guitar was popular in folk and country bands, but always with steel strings.
But Buddy always strung his with nylon strings, much like a Baritone ukulele. We loved the tone, and wondered why they were always designed with steel strings. Steel string models had steel string, X braced internal bracing, which was not ideal for nylon strings.
Eventually we redesigned the body and internal bracing of a traditional Tenor Guitar, which included a wider fingerboard to allow more finger spacing for nylon strings. Our BN Tenor Guitar is fun and a great addition to many different styles of music. Some think of it as a very large baritone 'ukulele, which is why we named it BN. The initials stand for Baritone Nui (Nui is large in the Hawaiian language). So, it's a somewhat of a "big" Baritone 'ukulele.
Tuning is the same as a Baritone 'Ukulele, DGBE (the same as the top four strings of a guitar). We set up our BN-10D with a wound #3 and wound #4 (nylon classical strings). But there is probably a variety of string combinations possible.
We now also make an Octave Mandolin with a similar design, but with 8 strings.
|Model||BN-10D Tenor Guitar|
|Package Includes||Hardshell arched top wooden case- Shipping and Custom setup.|