Custom Stansell Tenor Guitar


2020. Beautiful Les Stansell Tenor Guitar – for you baritone players this instrument is played just like a baritone ukulele. Les combines a traditional Spanish Classic design with Pacific Northwest woods and meticulously handcrafts each instrument with comfort, tone, and aesthetics in mind. Living on the South Oregon Coast, Stansell incorporates the very best this rare wood has to offer in a quest to emulate Spanish classical guitar masters. Stansell Guitars and Ukuleles was profiled in the April 2011 edition of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His short documentary “A Guitar Makers Path” was also selected and screened at the 2011 Ashland Independent Film Festival and the 2012 Port Townsend Film Festival. Les studied under Anthony Huvard at the Northwest School of Instrument Design in, Seattle, 1978-79, and again with Huvard in Skykomish, Washington, 1981.

This beautiful custom tenor guitar is a perfect instrument for those who play ukulele and wish to transition to guitar as well as those who play guitar and wish to explore the ukulele world since the instrument is tuned exactly like a baritone ukulele at DGBE. Oregon Black Walnut top, back, and sides, this set of Black Walnut is exceptionally beautiful with some wonderful curls in the wood and a combination of light and dark browns with some hints of orange with black vertical streaking as well. A premium set of Black Walnut that is reserved for Les’ finest builds. The neck was hand-carved Oregon Port Orford Cedar for a light weight feel and in keeping with the theme of the Pacific Northwest in mind.  The Port Orford Cedar, including the internal bracing, was salvaged from the 2002 Bisquit Fire – a fire that burned nearly 500,000 acres in the Siskiyou National Forrest in Southern Oregon. Port Orford Cedar is known for its remarkable strength to weight ratio and continues to be used for boat-building as well as decking, railing, and interior paneling in addition to being a superior wood for guitars and ukuleles.

The instrument also boasts a gorgeous Oregon Myrtle wood top and back binding with a Gabon ebony wood fretboard, bridge, and top and back headstock veneer. Musician’s grade bone nut and saddle, professional Peghed geared tuners for precise and smooth tuning, a hand rubbed Shellac finish with a classic Spanish, Flamenco guitar style design. This tenor guitar has a 12 fret joint to the body with 18 overall frets to the soundhole. Here are the more detailed specs below for your reference.

37 1/2 inches – total length
25 1/4 inches – scale length
18 5/8 inches – body length
10 3/4 inches – upper bout width
13 inches – lower bout width
3 3/16 inches – upper bout depth
3 3/8 inches – lower bout depth
1 7/16 inches – nut width


An absolutely beautiful work of functional art with wonderful and full tones. Nice classic mellow tenor guitar sound with wonderful sustain, great clarity, and a snappy response with the shallower body design. A highly recommended tenor guitar for the professional musician and both the guitar and ukulele enthusiast. Includes a custom hard case. ID#220069.

Price: SOLD

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