Tanglewood TWCR D Crossroads Dreadnought Acoustic, Whiskey Barrel Satin
Tanglewood TWCR D Product Overview
A terrific first acoustic guitar, the TWCR D is part of Tanglewoods Crossroads range.
The guitar features a superb playing action and a well balanced sound. The machine heads are of the highest quality and the ABS nut and saddle make tuning the guitar a doddle.
The guitar also features a nicely polished and well constructed fretboard.
Retailing at just £99, you will be hard pressed to find a guitar of the same quality at a similar or lower price point.
Tanglewood Product Overview
The Crossroads series pays homage to the style and sound of classic instruments from 1930’s America.
The 30’s were a time of hardship all across the USA with the Great Depression bringing communities to their knees and the strife and pain of poverty and famine recorded in journals and diaries and of course in song, all across the country. Some of what are now regarded as the finest and most influential musicians in the world created a rhythmic sound during those years and sang of their troubles, a sound we now think of as the blues.
The guitars used to play this music weren’t fancy, or ornately decorated or adorned with expensive lacquers, they were straightforward and functional, but in a lot of cases these instruments were still quite precisely engineered for the day.
With a really significant cost to the musician in those days it meant that guitars of this era had to play well and last a long time, often to be passed on through family generations.
To create an instrument that evokes these traditional values, so often overlooked in our modern society, we at Tanglewood had to commission the services of a very special luthier, none other than Michael Sanden, the man behind Tanglewood Masterdesign. Michael is the creator of the Sanden Guitar company in Sweden, and now the chief design consultant for Tanglewood Guitars.
Michael has that Scandinavian affinity with natural wood. He starts with the tree, selecting timbers that will sound good together, making the soundboards a precise measurement so they will flex and respond to the players attack, and then he braces the instrument with his own patterns to make each instrument have its own personality.
It’s not just the special bracing, or the woods that are selected, or the construction method even. All these are vital components for any guitar… but on Crossroads Michael wanted to create something very very special.
He wanted to make a guitar that could have the sound that any musician, professional or amateur could appreciate and he demanded that the neck profiles and bridge contouring and fret inlaying should be implemented without regard to the price of manufacturing, to proudly reflect the Tanglewood ethos of outstanding value and performance.
When Michael was looking for a colour finish to compliment the earthy, naturally authentic signature of the Crossroads, the vivid autumnal palette of dark brown that was finally decided upon was likened by some of our friends to be inspired by the timber shading that old whiskey barrels of the last century looked like. So for the very first time, we have created an all new Tanglewood colour finish, exclusively for the Crossroads series models and we will call it…Whiskey Barrel Burst!
When this was done and the first prototypes rolled off the production line, we as a company were so amazed by the achievement that we knew we had to really drive home the message that a lot of thought and a lot of love had gone into the creation of these fabulous guitars.
- SHAPE: Dreadnought
- TOP: Hand Selected Genuine Mahogany
- BACK: Mahogany
- SIDES: Mahogany
- NECK (MATERIAL): Mahogany
- FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
- BRIDGE: Rosewood
- BINDING: N/A
- SADDLE: ABS White, Compensating
- NUT (WIDTH): ABS White (43mm)
- SCALE LENGTH: 650mm
- MACHINE HEADS: Chrome Die Cast
- FINISH: Whiskey Barrel Burst Satin
- EQ: N/A
- STRINGS: Bronze Light
- SKU: TWCRD
- RANGE: Crossroads
I am only just starting to learn guitar. My teacher said I needed a steel string folk guitar rather than the cheap classical ebay special I was trying to learn on...(he was being very polite). He picked up the new tanglewood and went through a Jimi Hendrix compilation. Asked how much I had paid for the guitar and didn't believe me! I'm not an expert but this guitar has certainly made me sound better!!
great product came before time well wrapped 5 star
My son is over the moon with it and his tutor has passed comment on what a lovely guitar it is for the price. It has a beautiful sound and looks stunning.
This is a great first guitar for a beginner or even a follow on guitar if you are a more advanced player. It is well made and as a beautiful rich sound. I love it
well made guitar. no bells & whistles but looks good all the same. plenty of volume but maybe a bit dry sounding. not a ton of sustain but plays & sounds nice. excellent for the price.