REVIEW: The Tanglewood TSR-2 Acoustic Guitar

Tanglewood Guitars was established in 1991 and has primarily served Great Britain and Ireland. Promoted as “the best selling brand of acoustic guitars in the UK”, they have broadened their reach to the United States and Canada. The TSR-2 represents one of a number of models in their Master Design series, designed by Swedish luthier, Michael Sanden.

The Tanglewood TSR-2 Grand Auditorium acoustic guitar is part of their Master Design series.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The guitar came in a heavy duty case built by SKB specifically for Tanglewood and clearly custom to the guitar as it fits like a glove. A TSA lock built into one of the latches suggests its fly-worthiness. Upon swinging open the top I was faced with a gorgeously curvaceous Grand Auditorium.

The grain of the solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides is fully revealed through a natural gloss finish. Mahogany binding surrounds the body along its top and back including a thin strip of lighter wood on either side of the binding and vertically along the middle of the back. This adds real beauty to the instrument. Running my finger along the body edges I noticed a few rough spots but you’d have to be looking for this to notice.

A lustrous abalone rosette decorates the soundhole with a clear pickguard protecting the treble side. An ebony bridge, reminiscent of an inverted Nike swoosh, secures the strings which run over a bone saddle and are held in place by ebony bridge pins, also adorned with abalone. The neck is made of twin-piece mahogany and supports an ebony fingerboard.

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  • What’s the midrange like? Does that bridge shape, and split saddle help to curb the boominess of models in this size category?? Do the mids punch out and project better than a typical dread or grand auditorium??

  • This is a fairly balanced guitar, but the emphasis is on the upper mid registers with some brighter treble adding clarity, without being too bright. There’s definitely fuller body to the tone but my impression is that this is something that will definitely fill out and warm up with time.

    I can’t comment on how the bridge shape affects the sound because I don’t have anything to fairly compare it to. As for the saddle, it’s not split or compensated – it’s straight all the way across.

    It is punchier than dreadnaughts I’ve played and this is likely attributed to the narrow waist. My feeling is that the mid range emphasis does help it project more than a fuller/wider guitar that promotes more of a bottom end.

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