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Artist TG100EQ Solid Top Tenor Acoustic Guitar w/ Fishman Presys II

The TG100EQ tenor guitar is a fantastic example of an instrument from a bygone era. First appearing in the mid-1920s the tenor guitar, with its unique four string construction was designed with the banjo player in mind. Like the parlour guitar, it has seen a resurgence in popularity in more recent times and offers an interesting alternative for musicians looking for something different in their sound. Great when tuned in traditional tenor banjo tuning - CGDA, the guitar also offers great effect if you are willing to experiment with open tunings.

The top is constructed of solid Sitka spruce while the back and sides are laminated mahogany with a matte finish and Okume neck. While many tenor guitars are smaller bodied instruments, the TG100EQ has been designed with a larger body and it fits nicely into our CC300 classical guitar case. When you combine this slightly larger sized body with the quality timbers used you are guaranteed to get a guitar that projects a well rounded acoustic tone.

The addition of the Fishman Presys II acoustic pre-amp offers a great option when the instrument is plugged into an amplifier.

If you are looking for that special sound TG100EQ could definitely be the guitar for you!

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: TG100EQ

Top: Solid Sitka Spruce

Back and Sides: Laminated Mahogany

Binding: Maple

Neck: Okumen

Fret Board: Eco-Rosewood

Scale Length: 22 3/4""

Truss Rod: Dual action

Nut: Bone

Nut Width: 1 5/16"" (33mm)

Saddle: Bone

Machine Heads: Diecast, 14:1 ratio

Pickup system: Fishman Presys II

Pick Guard: Tortoise Shell

String Gauge: .11, .15, .24, .32

Included Accessories: Gig Bag, 2 picks

Colour: Natural

Finish: Matte

Optional Hardcase: CC300 


Reviews (13)

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Artist 4 string acoustic

By: on 21 May 2024
I bought my 4 string when they were $150 . Converted it to left handed coz sadly you don't make them Play it constantly (e a d g tuning) and just love it ,but I do wish you would made them for us lefties !

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate it.

Tenor Guitar

By: on 6 February 2024
Very happy with the Tenor Guitar, haven't yet had a chance to try out the pickup. But as far as the tenor guitar itself, I think it is awesome, great full body acoustic sound, very comfortable neck making it easy to move smoothly and just a good playability all round.

Artist Guitars Response
Thanks for your feedback! Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Nice instrument

By: on 24 January 2023
No issues, sounds nice and big in the CGDA tuning it ships with -- we also have a Kala Tenor guitar which is lovely but this has a bigger louder sound and seems robust. Have not tired the pickup yet but Artist are asking for a review. The different chord voicings from a tenor vs a standard 6 string are good when you have two guitars - adds a bit of depth.

Artist Guitars Response
We appreciate the feedback you have left for the guitar. We do know that you will enjoy it.

Tenor Guitar Warranty Replacement

By: on 2 November 2022
My Tenor Guitar was replaced under warranty. The process was simple and quick. After submitting the details and pictures via Artist Guitars resolution portal, I received conformation of a replacement item and an Aust. Post return docket by email that afternoon. There was no stock available so I was offered the cost of the guitar returned to me, in store credit or wait untill one was available. Having enjoyed teaching myself the Tenor Guitar I was happy to wait for a replacement. The replacment arrived and it was better than the first one. Having no factory seconds in their shipment I was sent a full priced Tenor at no extra cost. I would like to thank Artist Guitars Customer Service team. They kept me informed every step of the process. By the way the Tenor Guitar is great and I'm looking forward to playing it again. I have purchased 5 Guitars from Artist Guitars all have been great products and they have put the customer back into service.

Artist Guitars Response
Hi! We're glad to know that we were able to resolve your concern. Thank you so much for the review. We're always here if you need anything. Cheers!

4-String Delight

By: on 8 February 2022
The Artist TG100EQ tenor guitar is a great musical instrument. A few years back I took up ukulele because arthritis prevented me playing 6-string guitar as I'd like too. The TG100EQ has a much deeper and more mellow tone than a baritone ukulele which is tuned in the same way. Not only does it have a great acoustic sound, but the electronics work well when amped up. There are built-in tuner, tone and volume controls as well as a nifty phase button that adds an extra effect to my music. I can certainly recommend this guitar, which is competitively priced and available compared with other brand tenor guitars.

Artist Guitars Response
Hi! Thank you so much for the review. We appreciate the kind words. Cheers!

Read this Before Buying one of these

By: on 31 January 2022
Where do I start? I’m a Tenor banjo player who is not allowed to practice in the house. :( What to do? Look for an instrument that is partner friendly that still gives me quality practice time? A friend recommended the Artist Tenor Guitar. I borrowed his to try out and was sold. I ordered the hard shell case with mine and when unpacked I noticed a small defect in the sound hole sticker. The instrument was brilliant though and it’s sweet sound pleased my partner enough to get me back in the house to practice ;)). When responding to Artist to write a review I mentioned the sticker problem then just forgot about it. Within a few days Artist contacted me and offered to replace it. Well! I wasn’t asking or expecting this but delighted non the less. Sure enough within an hour I had a pre-paid mailing label via email and the next day sent it off. Bit sad to be separated but impressed with Artist for an exceptionally high standard of customer service. But wait, the story doesn’t finish there ….. The replacement arrived and played well as the first but a week later I noticed the bridge had a nasty crack in it. This was a little more serious but sure enough Artist replaced it immediately my return hit their Customer Service team. As fast as Australia Post could transport it I had the new (now third) Tenor Guitar in my hands. Three things here …. The quality control of these instruments leaves quite a bit to be desired. That’s the worst bit. The playability of each of my now three examples of this guitar shows a remarkable and consistent playability and sound quality. I’ve saved the best til last … Artist guitars are BLOODY AWESOME people to deal with. There are not enough stars to give them for their attention to a customers needs, prompt, efficient and cheerful service. Well done guys, I love your work!

Artist Guitars Response
It is our pleasure and thank you so much for leaving us this feedback. This definitely helps us in improving our products and services.

Move up to a guitar.

By: on 25 January 2022
Do you play ukulele? Are you tired of the Uke sound, high and thin? Get yourself one of these and restring with Martin MA130 strings. The chord shapes are the same, it just takes a little time to change your thinking. A Uke 'C' chord is a 'G" chord on this instrument when it's tuned to DGBE (Chicago tuning), just like a baritone uke. But, the sound is totally 'guitar'. The Artist tenor guitar is a beautiful instrument for the price. And, it's an Australian company that gives a warranty on it's products. The finish is excellent. I now own two of them. Use this time to step up and make a whole lot better noise on your instrument.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for the review! If you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact us. Cheers!

Move up to a guitar.

By: on 25 January 2022
Do you play ukulele? Are you tired of the Uke sound, high and thin? Get yourself one of these and restring with Martin MA130 strings. The chord shapes are the same, it just takes a little time to change your thinking. A Uke 'C' chord is a 'G" chord on this instrument when it's tuned to DGBE (Chicago tuning), just like a baritone uke. But, the sound is totally 'guitar'. The Artist tenor guitar is a beautiful instrument for the price. And, it's an Australian company that gives a warranty on it's products. The finish is excellent. I now own two of them. Use this time to step up and make a whole lot better noise on your instrument.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for leaving a detailed and fantastic review for the tenor guitar. We truly appreciate the time you have taken in doing this.

Great value and excellent after-sales service

By: on 10 August 2021
A friend and fellow musician bought a custom made Tenor from a luthier in the UK. Nice finish, well set up and plays well. I bought an Artist Tenor that is very playable, well set up and very acceptable finish. Why am I telling you this? It is because he paid in excess of AU$2,000 and I paid AU$500 yet both instruments are great to play and sound very sweet. Very little between them actually and unlike his very expensive Tenor, my Artist has a Fishman pickup installed as well. It certainly is a great addition to my collection, I love it and play it daily. You think that would be enough but no, let me tell you about customer service. My Tenor did in fact arrive with a small cosmetic defect most likely not picked up at the time it was made. In a follow up email from Artist I explained what had happened and that I had taken photographs of the defect at the time. Well, Artist not only offered a full refund but a complete replacement at no cost to me at all …. not even freight both ways. I was very impressed with this and give full marks to Artist for their care in handling of this small problem for me. So, to sum up. I am very pleased with the instrument and delighted with how well I was treated and how quick they were in replacing it. Full marks Artist. I am officially a fan.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for the feedback and for the kind words. We do our best to ensure our customers get high-quality gear along with high-quality customer service. This means a lot to us. Cheers

Artist TG100EQ Tenor guitar

By: on 11 December 2019
A very nice package for the price. The guitar, a nice gig bag, a very usable guitar strap plus a truss rod allen key, Fishman pre-amp instructions and a free guitar lesson. I had a good look over the guitar. Excellent timber. No dents or scratches in the finish. Tight binding on the edges. The ring round the soundhole appears to be a transfer but it has been laid in well and looks very good. The bridge is tight with no gaps anywhere. The tuning keys look good and work smoothly and so far (a week) hold tune almost perfectly. The neck is smooth and fast. The pre-amp tuner is great. I don't have an amp that will do an acoustic justice so can't really comment on its play-ability through an amp. A look inside the body shows very clean construction. The inside of the back plate and the neck block are nicely finished. All braces are very smoothly finished and there is no sign of excess glue splashed around. The soundboard is a book-matched spruce slice, not laminated, and the join is almost imperceptible. Sound is excellent right out of the box. I tuned it as a mandolin; GDAE, and it sounds great. Intonation between 1st and 12th fret is spot on. Acoustically, it has a nice volume and decent depth of sound. A couple of playing friends had a try and were impressed by the tone and playability. Caveats; after all no instrument is perfect. The supplied strings are way too light so I replaced them with D'Addario EJ66 10s-32s for a much better sound. I will move the strings up at least a gauge as I reckon the guitar will reward me even more. The neck width at the nut is 33mm which is way small for someone with my thick fingers, so I tend to muffle strings by accident. The fret finish on the bottom side of the neck isn't great compared to the top. The frets really need a further sand to remove projecting edges. The projections are uniform so I assume they are machine finished and the machine tolerance is slightly off. But that's it. Overall it's a surprisingly good guitar for the price. I mostly play chords rather than single note music but I find myself picking it up often and hitting a few chords just to hear that nice ringing sound. I'm keen to hear it in a year's time when the spruce has settled in and opened up. Considering the cost, I was a bit worried what I might get. But if all Artist guitars sound this good at the price level, I can see myself buying several more across their range.

Tenor guitar

By: on 10 November 2019
I wanted a tenor guitar to complement my mandola and tenor banjo - all with the same tuning. The artist guitar came in at the right price and the quality is pretty good for the price. The set up out the box was very playable and I've been very pleased with it. The delivery was as fast as advertised.

Artist tenor guitar

By: on 27 October 2019
arrived within the week really pleased with the tone and finish, such a good quality instrument for the price I'm happy as.

Sweet little rock and roller

By: on 1 August 2019
I have been playing my little guitar for a couple of weeks now and am happy with it. It is a pretty thing, light and easy to handle. Tone and intonation are fine. The action is reasonably low so a light touch is enough and the fretboard is easy to move around on. She holds her tune well, and was very playable straight from the box. Tune her and go. The carrying bag and strap are a bonus, and if you want to amplify it the built in thingy will be useful. Mandolin family, fiddle, or tenor banjo players will be at home immediately and guitar players will have fun experimenting with tuning in fifths and maybe with the open tunings to which it is particularly suited.. There are not that many tenor guitars around. You could pay a lot more and be no better off. Furthermore you are buying from an Aussie company who answer their phones and in my experience the Artist after-sales service is second to none. If you want something a little different don’t just think about it. Buy one today!

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