1 Proteus 2 weeks ago ... in the form of the Eastwood Classic Tenor 4-string guitar.I'm ambivalent about Eastwood: some of their "inspired-by" guitars are too close to out-and-out Gretsch copies for my comfort, and many of their resurrected orphan-brand guitars get genericized while getting "modern playability." But the company does go in what I think are valid and useful fresh directions with some of their custom series (Backlunds, Jeff Senns, Warren Ellis) - and especially their growing line of electric tenor guitars.The 4-string tenor was a thing in the early days of the electric guitar, I think partly because its 5ths tuning made an easy transition for jazz tenor banjo players, partly because the narrower neck and lower string count made things easier for beginners - and partly because it's just a cool format. Gretsch even made some in the 50s (and probably earlier).But in the modern era, Eastwood has at least the easy end of the ‘lectric tenor market pretty much to themselves. Besides the Classic, they have a MusicMaster/Mustang-looking thing, a Tele tenor, an Airline "map" tenor, a "tenor baritone" (tuned lower, of course), an 8-string "mando-cello", and a tenor electric resonator (which must get uncomfortably close to banjo-sounding).I've wanted to try a tenor for quite awhile, and have realized I'm too old to put things off. Out of respect for Gretsch, at first I ordered Eastwood's Warren Ellis Mustang-looking tenor (figuring the Fender-copy boat sailed long ago). It played fine and looked great, but I thought the solid-body format just accentuated a tendency toward dink and plink in the tone.So I swallered my scruples and exchanged it for the Classic Tenor, with its obvious Gretsch inspiration. (First I asked Joe C if Gretsch tenors might be in the pipeline: they aren't, though he reports that Fred has been agitating for them for some time.) Because I still wanted to minimize the Gretsch mimicry, I opted for the blonde maple rather than the oh-so-Genty walnut stain. And it still has walnut-stained rims (which look goofy to me), semi-tron-lookin' pickups, Gretschy knobs, and a very Gretschy tailpiece. Waddaya gonna do. At least they’ve moved away from the T-roof EasTwood logo on the headstock in favor of the ugly medallion they now affix.