Tanglewood Crossroads dreadnought acoustic guitar

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Ideal starter acoustic for those on a tight budget with excellent playability to make those first chords feel easy!

  • Laminated mahogany top back and sides
  • Larger 'dreadnought' body size
  • 43mm nut width

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£ 99.00

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What We Say

if you're looking to spend £100 on a first acoustic it's fair to say there are plenty out there to choose from. However the quality levels of these entry level guitars vary wildly and we believe it's critical that you start with the best possible guitar - it's easy to think it doesn't much matter and you can always upgrade if you take to it, but pick a bad first guitar and you might not reach that point. Get a good one and it can be the start of a fantastic voyage!

We're not going to tell you the Crossroads is the only good guitar at this pricepoint, far from it, but they really are excellent as first guitars: they're well made, the finish work on the frets is great so we can tweak them to play with a low easy action and the silky satin darkburst finish is a classy alternative to the cheap looking gloss lacquers that adorns many sub-£100 guitars.

We stock the Crossroads in two sizes: dreadnought and orchestra. Both are what would be considered full size but the dreadnought is a physically larger guitar and the orchestra smaller with a tighter waist so it sits lower on your lap. At this level we recommend that choosing between the two is largely  down to comfort and the orchestra suits most people of small to medium build - I'm 5 foot 10 and I find both sizes comfortabld but prefer the orchestra. if you're a tall guy you might find the dreadnought suits you better.

So if yiou're looking for a cheap guitar to get you started the Crossroads is your ideal jumping in point!

What They Say

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!

The Guitar

  • SHAPE: Orchestra
  • TOP: Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDES: Mahogany
  • NECK (MATERIAL): Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Techwood
  • BRIDGE: Techwood
  • 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

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