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.


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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