Tanglewood is a UK firm that knows how to produce its guitars in the Far East while maintaining quality control.
The TW45 in its various variations has been a mainstay of the Tanglewood catalogue for very many years, and it is currently one of the top-end guitars in the range. This electro-acoustic TW45 FLMB variant from 2005 is a professional-grade instrument. It is well-built, with a solid-wood cedar soundboard, which coupled with the mahogany body and neck, gives the guitar a warm, mellow tone.
The look is professional-grade too, with luthier appointments such as the bound fingerboard and manufacturer's abalone inlay in the veneered headstock. The tuners are gold Grovers. Often on a guitar of this age the gold plating has worn away, but this instrument has had such little use that the plating is virtually intact.
There is a small number of shallow marks on the soundboard, possibly from a plectrum or fingerpick, but other than these the guitar is in excellent, almost unplayed condition.
The plugged-in sound is very good. Piezo pickups can sometimes produce a nasal sound that it not faithful to the unplugged sound. While we would not describe the electric sound as entirely faithful, it is nonetheless among the better examples of a piezo system that we have played.
The case is made by Gator, and fits the guitar very well. Like the guitar, the case is virtually unmarked.
If you are looking for a warm-sounding professional-grade instrument that has become more affordable over the years (it is priced at roughly a quarter the price of the current TW45 variant), yet still gives a playing experience similar to that when it was new, you should look at this offering.
|Colour||Natural, satin finish|
|Year of manufacture||2005|
|Country of Origin||Uncertain, but likely to be Korea or Indonesia|
|Electrics||Piezo pickup, B-Band pre-amp made in Finland, with 3-band eq, presence, and volume controls, and low battery warning|
|Case||Gator hard case included, with keys|
|Body||Solid red cedar soundboard; mahogany back and sides|
|Scale length||648 mm (25½ in)|
|Weight||2.13 kg (4 lbs 11 oz)|
|Fingerboard radius||15-inch approx|
|Neck thickness (just behind 12th fret)||N/A mm|
|Bridge spacing||53.2 mm|
Tanglewood TW45 FLMB
- Brand: Tanglewood
- Product Code: TW45 FLMB
- Availability: In Stock