As with its non-electro brother, the Tanglewood Roadster TWR TE Travel Electro-Acoustic Guitar is a little guitar with a lot to give. Although small and affordable it offers an incredible tonality and is a joy to play, as well as being truly accessible to just about anyone who wants to play.
Great Things Come in Small Packages
Travel guitars seem to have an inherent capability to get people to play, even when they have no pre-disposition to do so. The size of the instrument seems to make it more approachable and encourages people to play, whether to practice or even if they’ve never played before.
A smaller scale length of 580mm (roughly that of a three-quarter-sized guitar), and a thinner body depth, makes the Tanglewood Roadster TWR TE Travel Electro-Acoustic Guitar incredibly accessible, as it is the perfect size for players who struggle with full-sized guitars or for children who want an improved sound but aren’t ready for a bigger instrument.
Of course it also performs perfectly for its original purpose, being a highly-portable instrument for the travelling musician. It even comes with a gigbag, providing it with some protection while you’re on the go.
Big Sound, Little Body
Although a smaller instrument, the projection that the Tanglewood Roadster TWR TE Travel Electro-Acoustic Guitar that it is capable of is anything but. The full, rich, and big sound that it projects is far more than would be indicative of its size. Of course, with this electro version, you also have the option to plug into an amplifier or P.A. system, thanks to the Tanglewood TEQ-3BT electronics. In addition to this the TEQ-3BT also offers a 3-band EQ, for quick and easy tone sculpting, a volume control, and an on-board tuner, along with a low-battery indicator LED.
The tone produced by the guitar is just as surprising as it projection capabilities, with a hand-selected cedar top offering a warm, and articulate voice. At the back and sides of the guitar is mahogany, providing warmth to the low-end, along with good amount of sustain.
Giving a rustic quality to the instrument, the top, back, and sides of the body, and the headstock, have all been stripped down, allowing the wood’s grains to show more explicitly, although a natural satin finish is in place, for protection. A rosette and pickguard are also absent from the guitar’s design, again to let the wood do the talking.
Head to Bridge
Joined to the body Tanglewood Roadster TWR T is a mahogany neck topped by a rosewood fingerboard with dot position inlays. This rests between a white, ABS compensated saddle and 43mm nut. It is also matched with a rosewood bridge, and a set of chrome die-cast tuners can be found at the headstock.
Manufacturer Tanglewood Model Roadster TWR TE Shape Travel Folk Top Cedar Back Mahogany Sides Mahogany Neck Mahogany Fingerboard Rosewood Bridge Rosewood Binding None Saddle ABS White, Compensating Nut Width ABS White (43mm) Scale Length 580mm Machine Heads Chrome Die Cast Finish Natural Satin Strings Bronze Light Electronics Tanglewood TEQ-3BT Case Gig Bag
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