TSB 58 Signature review by Tanglewood

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7.1 (12 votes)
Tanglewood: TSB 58 Signature
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Price paid: £ 258

Purchased from: North London Music Centre

Sound — 9
It has 3 way a selector switch, and the Standard 4 knobs for volume/tone as you'd expect on a Les Paul. However unlike most on the market, turning these knobs actually makes a change in the sound. Having three humbuckers means you can expect a hell of a lot of volume with a bit of crunch and reverb, however with a a bit of knob adjustment, you can get a very bluesy sound to it. I play pretty much everything, from jazz to metal, and with the right accessories (I use a DigiTech RP90 pedal, and a Berhinger FX600 with a 12W tube Amp) it can suit any of those genres. I would also like to point out that in my opinion, it sounds much better than an Epiphone Les Paul, which I also tried out.

Overall Impression — 8
I've been playing for about 4 years, but only bought an electric 14 months ago (this one). If this was stolen, I'd definitely buy it again, because it has a peculiar tone, which sounds different to any other cutaways I have tried. I compared it to an Epiphone Les Paul, not sure which model. Basically I just thought that this sounded much better, and was also cheaper, so it beat it hands down.

Reliability & Durability — 7
For build quality, I'd say it's fairly good. I've had it for over a year, and the only thing which has broken has been the pickup selector switch knob. However this was because I was using it as a killswitch. As for gigging, I've played at school concerts with it and never had a problem. However I would advise you to use strap locks, as strap can detach from guitar with excessive vibrant movement.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar looks incredibly similar to a Gibson Custom for a fraction of the price. I know that's not extremely helpful, but I haven't spotted any flaws. It can handle being taken apart and put back together (Yes I got bored and decided to unscrew bits of it to see what was inside).

Features — 7
This is my first review, so go easy on me. Also if you have any opinions on what I've said, please let me know. - SHAPE: Single Cutaway - BODY: Solid Mahogany - TOP: Maple Veneer - NECK (MATERIAL): Mahogany - NECK (BUILD): Set Neck - FINGERBOARD: Rosewood - NUT (WIDTH): (43mm) - SCALE LENGTH: 630mm - MACHINE HEADS: Gold Grover style - INLAYS: Block, Mother of Pearl - HARDWARE: Gold - FINISH: Cherry Sunburst Gloss - PICKUPS: 3 x Entwistle Alnico HV58

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    rv_phoenix
    Tanglewood is huge value for money. They have vastly improved lately. But the sound of this LP-type guitar is a bit awkward. Some might like it, some might not.