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Terz Guitar

Postby (iiipopes) » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:09 pm

And now for something completely different: Terz guitar. That is taking a short-scale guitar, using light strings, and tuning it up three frets to G-D-Bb-F-C-G, as if you took a regular guitar and played it capo'ed at the 3rd fret. Short scale Rickenbacker instruments are perfect for this treatment. When I have the occasion to play terz, I restring my 320 with a regular set of 9's (but still with a wound 17 or 18 G string so I don't have to reintonate the saddle) and crank up the tuning to get a unique clear, chimey tone that can slot some brightness into a mix, but be its own voice: not 12-string, not Nashville tuning, not mandolin, not ukulele. 9's pulled up to terz tuning have about the same tension as 12's at regular pitch on a 320/325, so no tweak of the truss rod is necessary.
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terz_guitar
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Re: Terz Guitar

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iiipopes wrote:And now for something completely different: Terz guitar. That is taking a short-scale guitar, using light strings, and tuning it up three frets to G-D-Bb-F-C-G, as if you took a regular guitar and played it capo'ed at the 3rd fret. Short scale Rickenbacker instruments are perfect for this treatment. When I have the occasion to play terz, I restring my 320 with a regular set of 9's (but still with a wound 17 or 18 G string so I don't have to reintonate the saddle) and crank up the tuning to get a unique clear, chimey tone that can slot some brightness into a mix, but be its own voice: not 12-string, not Nashville tuning, not mandolin, not ukulele. 9's pulled up to terz tuning have about the same tension as 12's at regular pitch on a 320/325, so no tweak of the truss rod is necessary.
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terz_guitar


Scott do you have any soundbytes of this short-scale with the unique tuning. :)
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Re: Terz Guitar

Postby (iiipopes) » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:29 am

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iiipopes wrote:And now for something completely different: Terz guitar. That is taking a short-scale guitar, using light strings, and tuning it up three frets to G-D-Bb-F-C-G, as if you took a regular guitar and played it capo'ed at the 3rd fret. Short scale Rickenbacker instruments are perfect for this treatment. When I have the occasion to play terz, I restring my 320 with a regular set of 9's (but still with a wound 17 or 18 G string so I don't have to reintonate the saddle) and crank up the tuning to get a unique clear, chimey tone that can slot some brightness into a mix, but be its own voice: not 12-string, not Nashville tuning, not mandolin, not ukulele. 9's pulled up to terz tuning have about the same tension as 12's at regular pitch on a 320/325, so no tweak of the truss rod is necessary.
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terz_guitar


Scott do you have any soundbytes of this short-scale with the unique tuning. :)

No, I am not good with that sort of thing. Sorry.
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Re: Terz Guitar

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iiipopes wrote:
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iiipopes wrote:And now for something completely different: Terz guitar. That is taking a short-scale guitar, using light strings, and tuning it up three frets to G-D-Bb-F-C-G, as if you took a regular guitar and played it capo'ed at the 3rd fret. Short scale Rickenbacker instruments are perfect for this treatment. When I have the occasion to play terz, I restring my 320 with a regular set of 9's (but still with a wound 17 or 18 G string so I don't have to reintonate the saddle) and crank up the tuning to get a unique clear, chimey tone that can slot some brightness into a mix, but be its own voice: not 12-string, not Nashville tuning, not mandolin, not ukulele. 9's pulled up to terz tuning have about the same tension as 12's at regular pitch on a 320/325, so no tweak of the truss rod is necessary.
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terz_guitar


Scott do you have any soundbytes of this short-scale with the unique tuning. :)

No, I am not good with that sort of thing. Sorry.


Scott, tears for the terz demo. I will search for one online. :)
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Re: Terz Guitar

Postby (scoobster28) » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:25 pm

Couldn't you just capo the guitar at the third fret and see what that sounds like?
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Re: Terz Guitar

Postby (admin) » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:58 am

scoobster28 wrote:Couldn't you just capo the guitar at the third fret and see what that sounds like?


Here is a nice video on the Terz Guitar. I think a capo on the third fret would not work for me. Interestingly the demonstration includes a capo on the Terz. :lol:

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Re: Terz Guitar

Postby (jps) » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:39 am

These videos areof a 12-string Reverie model made by Yamamoto. Tsuneyuki makes two different versions, one normally tuned to G, the other to A. I am sure he could make a 6-string version if requested. I have played one of these in 2015 when I visited him at his home, after buying my MS-12 from Eric Schoenberg's shop in Tiburon.





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Re: Terz Guitar

Postby (admin) » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:54 am

jps wrote:These videos areof a 12-string Reverie model made by Yamamoto. Tsuneyuki makes two different versions, one normally tuned to G, the other to A. I am sure he could make a 6-string version if requested. I have played one of these in 2015 when I visited him at his home, after buying my MS-12 from Eric Schoenberg's shop in Tiburon.





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Amazing instrument and beautiful tone and playing Jeffrey. They are much mellower than I might have imagined. Thanks for these nice links.
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