The “Melodic Guitar Quartet” is a 4-member family of instruments, graduated in sizes, as follow: Treble, Alto, Tenor and Baritone, proposed by Dr. Don Rickert. These instruments are to be metal strung, tuned in 5ths and are intended to be played with a plectrum (pick).
- Treble: 4-string instrument about the size of a concert ukulele, with a 14.5” scale, and tuned G3-D4-A4-E5 (like a violin)
- Alto: 5-string instrument about the size of a tenor ukulele, with a 17” scale, and tuned C3-G3-D4-A4-E5 (like a 5-string violin or a conventional tenor guitar with an added E-string at the treble side
- Tenor: 4-string instrument the size of a tenor guitar, with a 21”-23” scale, and tuned G2-D3-A3-E4 (like an octave mandolin)
- Baritone: 5-string instrument the size of a 6-string guitar, with a 25.5” scale, and tuned C2-G2-D3-A3-E4 (like a violocello da spalla or a cello with an added E-string at the treble side