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 Crossroads series pays homage to the style and sound of classic instruments from 1930’s America.
Tanglewood set out to create an instrument that evokes these traditional values, & commissioned the services of a very special luthier, 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 started 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 special. He wanted to make a guitar that could have the sound that any musician, professional or amateur could appreciate. He wanted to make the guitar look authentic to the 1930’s era, adding a wonderful dark tobacco burst stain to the timbers to make the Crossroads guitars look historic and simply elegant. 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.
TW CR TE
- SHAPE: Travel Size
- TOP: Hand Selected Genuine Mahogany
- BACK: Mahogany
- SIDES: Mahogany
- FINGERBOARD: Tech Wood
- FINISH: Whiskey Barrel Burst Satin
- EQ: TW-EX4
- STRINGS: Bronze Light
- SKU: TWCRTE
- RANGE: Crossroads
- UPPER BOUT WIDTH: 230mm
- LOWER BOUT WIDTH: 300mm
- WAIST WIDTH:
- BODY DEPTH (TOP): 72mm
- BODY DEPTH (BOTTOM): 82mm
- BODY LENGTH: 390mm
- TOTAL LENGTH: 850mm
Please Note: Specifications are subject to change at any time. Please refer to https://www.tanglewoodguitars.co.uk/