TSE 605 review by Tanglewood

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (34 votes)
Tanglewood: TSE 605

Purchased from: N/A

Sound — 9
I play mostly modern rock and Indie music and when I purchased this guitar a year ago I wasn't sure which guitars suited particular styles. However, I feel that this guitar can handle pretty much any type of music. I usually play anything from Guns N'Roses, Muse, Foo Fighters, Nirvana to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Futureheads, Coldplay, Razorlight and Oasis. I feel that this guitar can handle all of these styles pretty damn well, a hell of a lot of sustain and very clear sounds despite the level of gain! I play this through a Vox AD30VT and can get a range of tones out of it (even ska). Overall, I believe that this SG model is a very good guitar for a beginner/intermmediate level player, and it suits most styles.

Overall Impression — 9
I have been playing for just over two years and it has suited all styles of music that I have been playing, despite my range. I believe that you can get a good sound from any amplifier with this guitar and I have failed to get a bad sound. if it were stolen/lost I would not buy another model, but thats only because I am currently saving up for a Fender tele. My favourite things about the guitar are the pale green grover tuners and the classic SG look of the guitar. Although it is not a genuine Gibson, it is the next best thing, well suited for beginner and intermmediate players. I wish it had a bigsby tremolo system but thats purely my preference and dream! I completely recommend this guitar to anyone who wants to get value for money and a decent looking guitar!

Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't yet played live at all but so far it has proved to be extremely durable and reliable. The hardware will last as long as I like as there have been no problems so far, however if the pickups were upgraded it would be like a real SG. If I was to gig in the future I would probably take a backup, but thats only because I have never gigged before. Otherwise it is a very reliable guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I first got the guitar it was in amazing condition, no flaws, like it was just made before I bought it. Over the past year, the only complaint I have is that I have had a few buzzing frets, but that was sorted out with some fret filing. The action was at a perfect setting as were the pickups. It is very well built and I have had a couple of accidents with it, however, it is very strong and there are no visible dents or scratches. Overall, I was impressed with the action, fit and finish considering the guitar is supposed to be an SG copy!

Features — 9
With the pickups, on my model there are two chrome plates covering the pickups. It is an SG style guitar. - Body: contoured basswood - Neck: hard maple/set - Fingerboard: rosewood - Frets: 22 - Tuners: pearl Tulip - Bridge: 6 saddle Tune-O-Matic - Pickups: 2 Entwistle DarkStar humbuckers - Hardware: chrome - Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way Switch.

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    I meant to say that my favourite feature was the green tulip tuning keys not green grover, sorry!