This Selmer Ténor was made in 1933 and it's a fine example of a scarce model. At the time this guitar was built, the four-string tenor guitar was still popular in jazz bands and Selmer offered three different variations. Two of them, the Eddie Freeman and the Orchestre, were based on Selmer's full-size 15 3/4" body and had a 25" scale length, which is really a little long for a tenor guitar. The Ténor, sometimes called the Petite Modèle, has a smaller 14" body and a shorter 22.5" scale length, putting right in line with the classic tenor guitars of Martin and Gibson. This particular guitar has the internal resonator that was invented by Mario Maccaferri, an innovation that was designed to project the sound towards the audience. This guitar also has all of its original hardware, including the tuners with galalith (an early type of plastic) buttons and the Selmer 4-string tailpiece. Overall this guitar is in fine, playable condition. There are a four top cracks that look like they were repaired quite some ago. One required some finish touch-up (see photo #11) and all are tight and solid. The frets look like they were replaced fairly recently and show very little wear. The Selmer Ténor is a rare model and while it's difficult to say exactly how many were made, experts estimate that fewer than 50 were built.

stock no. 50594

ModelTénor
TopSpruce
Back and sidesLaminated rosewood
Frets to body12
Nut width1 1/8"
Scale length22.5"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialFrench walnut
Serial No226
BindingRosewood
CaseCedar Creek
Finishlacquer
Total frets24