Price paid: £ 450
Purchased from: Music Ground, Leeds
Sound — 9
I use it for general folk/bluesy/fingerpicking purposes and it sounds pretty damn good. Obviously it's not a high-end, hand made masterpiece - but for under 450 it provides an impressively bright but warm tone with good balance. The pick-up is standard but the amplified sound is certainly good enough to gig. The eq is nothing special but is functional. For the money, this guitar really does sound great.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this is a great value-for-money guitar - especially for the left-hander Who has such limited choice. It looks gorgeous and plays very well with a lovely warm tone, and sounds good through the amp also (and, to be fair, I'm using an electic amp on a clean sound and it still sounds good! ) Overall I rate this guitar as an 8 - I'm very happy with it so far and would gladly recommend it to any guitarist looking for a mid-range, fingerpicking electro-acoustic.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've only had the guitar for two months so it's difficult to grade it on durability. To be honest, the main body of the guitar does feel a little fragile & I certainly won't be throwing it around - but the various components (machine heads, bridge, nut etc.) all seem very sturdy. I'll give it a 7 and keep my fingers crossed.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar has been set-up perfectly as far as I can tell. Personally, I have no problem with the action - I find it very responsive and straightforward to play. I've been playing it quite relentlessly for about two months now & have found zero flaws of any description. The tuning holds extremely well, the bridge is excellent, as is the nut. No problems what'soever.
Features — 8
This is a UK manufactured, 2008 version of Tanglewoods TW45-NS electro-acoustic (left-handed). It has a solid Canadian ceder top with solid African mahogany back (I suspect the sides are laminate). The body is described as 'super-Folk cutaway' - so it's a sort of small Jumbo (if that makes any sense) with cutaway. Quite attractive, in fact. Chrome machine heads and a B-Band eq, it also comes with an in-built tuner. Green abalone 'snow-flake' inlays, if you like that sort of thing. It's a very good spec for the money (and I imagine you could find one a few quid cheaper if you have a good look on-line).