April 29th, 2008 by Tim
I’ve been a fan of Tanglewood guitars for many years, as a Tanglewood was the first acoustic guitar I bought. The reason I bought a Tanglewood was simple, I didn’t have a lot of money and and it was by far the best guitar I could get for what little money I had.
Things have not changed much since then and Tanglewood are still producing great guitars from £100 to £2000. The TFC-E at this price range could be described as high end entry level, it’s certainly not as cheap as many but it’s certainly not going to force you into a credit crunch.
Construction wise this guitar has had a lot of care taken to ensure that all the seams and joins are finished professionally. From the top the headstock boasts 6 rather oddly shaped Tanglewood machine heads that are actually wider than standard machine heads allowing more control when tuning. They are smoothly geared and very stable.
The Rosewood fretboard is well crafted with a very forgiving action and the Rosewood itself has some very characterful blonde streaks running the length of the neck.
The Body, as I mentioned before, is clearly constructed with a great deal of care. The Mahogany is seamlessly put together and the semi matt finish brings out the richness in colour.
Sound wise, the first thing that is apparent is the tightness of the sound. The shape of the cut away body produces a far less boomy sound than a standard dreadnought, this is also apparent when plugged in. The shadow preamp does a admirable job of reproducing the guitars tone and is very easy to use. With a simple 3 band EQ, volume and presence, it’s very quick to customise your sound.
This guitar is simply ideal if you wish to make your first foray into the world of electro acoustics, the build quality and wood and great for the price. Not to be missed.
Tanglewood TFC-E Acoustic Guitar: Buy Now at the Best Price
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October 27th, 2007 by PlayRecord.Net Management
At the recent music show in Shanghai, tanglewood guitars has introduced to their impressive range of high quality and affordable acoustic and electro acoustic guitars.
Tanglewood has brought prototypes of two new guitar ranges, the evolution series at the entry level – exceptionally well made, solid top acoustics with a projected retail price of around 139 pounds – and the all new master design series.
At the entry level, tanglewood will be introducing the evolution series. featuring the usual exceptional tanglewood guitars build quality along with an RRP in the £140 area this is guaranteed to be a winner.
Then at the other end of the spectrum, tanglewood are making their first foray into high level acoustic guitars with the master design series set to sell for around £800 – £900.
The series has been designed by the swedish master luthier, michael Sanden, and features his trademark ‘paintbrish stroke’ ebony bridge, unadorned headstock, and single moniker on the 12th fret of the ebony fingerboard.
Tanglewood is hoping to launch these guitars officially at NAMM and be shipping by the time Musikmesse rolls around again. Of course you will be able to get these directly from PlayRecord.Net as soon as they become available.
Other Tanglewood / Acoustic Guitar Related Blogs:
Tony writes in this blog:
‘Buying a new guitar these days can be a daunting experience for anyone, especially if you care about the music you play…’
Andrew Smith writes in his blog:
‘but having played it a little, I’m wondering if it’s better suited to my style of playing than the Takamine (at least, until I get an evening to put some lighter strings on the Taka…). It has less of a Wow-factor but sounds good without having to dig…’
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September 10th, 2007 by PlayRecord.Net Management
There are a few things you should think about when you are looking to buy an acoustic guitar. The easiest way to go about it is to decide roughly what kind of budget you are looking to spend and work it from there. You can always change your mind later on, but if you don’t at least narrow down the huge choice of acoustic guitars a bit – you might find yourself overwhelmed with choice.
The next thing you need to think about is whether you are going to get a plain acoustic or an electro acoustic guitar. An electro acoustic guitar is simply an acoustic guitar with the addition of some built in electronics including a pre amp and some kind of pick up or microphone. If you are going to use the guitar to play live, or for recording purposes, an electro acoustic guitar is usually the better option. If however you are simply going to play it acoustically at home, then it is usually better to go for a plain acoustic guitar. The reason is that those electronics do cost extra, so for the same budget you are not getting quite as good a guitar as you would if you went for a plain acoustic guitar. Then again, bear in mind that it is tricky and expensive to add electronics to an acoustic guitar later on, so if you ever are going to want electronics then you should probably get an electro acoustic guitar now.
As you browse through the selection of acoustic guitars, you will notice that there are a few different shapes. The most common acoustic guitar shape is the dreadnought. The dreadnought shape is fairly big which gives it a good amount of volume and a nice big tone. However smaller players often find dreadnoughts to be a bit on the big side and would prefer to go for something a bit smaller. For these players we recommend a smaller bodied design such as grand auditorium, folk or parlour sized guitar. If size isn’t an issue and you want the maximum sonic capability then you need a jumbo or even super jumbo. These oversize bodies give huge volume and tone. PlayRecord.Net supplies cases for all kinds of acoustic guitar, however the most usual dreadnought shape is definitely the option with the most guitar cases and bags to choose from, so bear that in mind as well.
The final thing to think about is which acoustic guitar brand to go for. Our favourite acoustic guitar brand in the £100 – £700 bracket has to be Tanglewood Guitars. PlayRecord.Net is a Tanglewood Guitars Super Centre, which means that we are able to offer the best in terms of range, price and service for this highly popular and award winning acoustic guitar brand. If you are thinking of an electro acoustic, and you can handle the idea of a roundback, then we highly recommend going for Ovation guitars. If you do not fancy an Ovation roundback guitar – then again we would highly recommend going for a Tanglewood electro acoustic guitar.
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