Tanglewood Crossroads TWCR O E
Tanglewood Crossroads TWCR O E
The Crossroads series pays homage to the style and sound of classic instruments from 1930’s America.
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.
And so the Tanglewood Crossroads story begins...Tanglewood love legends as much as they love making guitars, so here's a little about they're collective inspiration and the Deep South of America is the starting point for they're tale.
ACCORDING TO THE MYTH HANDED DOWN OVER THE YEARS, A YOUNG MUSICIAN FROM RURAL MISSISSIPPI NAMED ROBERT JOHNSON WANTED TO BECOME AN AMAZING GUITAR PLAYER. SO ONE NIGHT, ON INSTRUCTION, AS LEGEND HAS IT, HE WALKED TO A CROSS JUNCTION IN THE ROADS SUPPOSEDLY NEAR THE DOCKERY PLANTATION & MET A MAN, WHO IT IS SAID WAS THE DEVIL. HERE HE WAS SHOWN HOW TO PLAY LIKE NO ONE HAD EVER PLAYED BEFORE, IN RETURN FOR HIS SOUL.
Robert certainly did play very well and for the next few short years of his life, became a massively influential player, but he suffered terribly as well and died of poisoning at the tender age of 27 years old… all adding to the legend of course.
But his light shone brightly in those few years and the world was left with an influence stretching far beyond the tragically short time the man actually lived.
All these of course are stories are unsubstantiated historically, it’s folklore and people disagree about where the Crossroads were, and even when the year was it may have happened, but still, in 2015, we are thinking about it, and talking about it, and still wondering about it, approaching a century after the man actually lived.
So for you the Crossroads series has been created with care and love, and we hope a little bit of Tanglewood magic, so you the player can start your own musical journey without compromise.
YOU’LL HAVE A GREAT GUITAR TO PLAY, WE HOPE YOU WILL MAKE GREAT MUSIC TOGETHER, AND JUST MAYBE YOU WILL CREATE YOUR OWN MUSICAL LEGEND, AND HISTORY WILL RECORD THAT IT ALL STARTED AT THE TANGLEWOOD CROSSROADS…
We look forward to that legend!
Four models are in the range, a 000 Folk & Dreadnought Acoustic with an EQ equipped version of each also.
Crossroads could be the start of your success!
Leading the introduction of this range are the Crossroads TWCR O (UK RRP 139.95) and the Crossroads TWCR D (UK RRP 139.95).
TWCR O E Specs:
- SHAPE: Orchestra
- TOP: Spruce
- 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: Tanglewod TEQ-3BT
- STRINGS: Bronze Light
SKU: TWCR O E