VTG LIVE & READY TO GO!
Update - 17/09/2018 - Now Sold to a buyer in Scotland!
Preliminary photos shown were taken before setup & re-stringing carried out.
Although my main interest is in Vintage guitars, I am also very partial to more recently made guitars which retain very traditional and iconic styling, and amongst the contemporary makers, I am a fan of Tanglewoods generally, particularly these earlier, more Martin-inspired Dreadnoughts, before they first introduced more Taylor-esque bridge & scratchplate styling, and I suppose the nearest traditionally-styled guitar in their current range would be the Sundance Historic series TW40 D AN. As this one is now around 20 years old, I suppose that "Mature" would be a better description for it.
PREVIOUS SALES: I have sold a number of examples the older Tanglewwood dreadnoughts, including the "Herringbone" TW600, and also it's successor the TW900, and TW12 & TW15 models, because I think that they are such great guitars. On the last TW600 I sold in 2013 the buyer's feedback was "Magnificent guitar", and on an earlier TW600 sale the buyer's comment was "Great guitar great to do business with". Believe it or not the same buyer also then bought a TW900, and that time said - "brilliant guitar, great doing business with you again. thanks a lot".
Stock Number: VTG1499.
There is no indication of the exact age of this particular guitar, but the previous owner's recollection was that he bought it new between 1992 & 1995, and as indicated below it did appear in the Tanglewood 1996 catalogue. That information was obtained courtesy of the very helpful Dan Reeks at Tanglewood & this is his reply:-
Looks like "Natural" 28 guitar - see attached catalogue page from 1996. The catalogue shows no plate but I think that this is the model.
Best Regards, Dan Reeks
EMC / Tanglewood Guitars"
THIS THEN IS THE EXTRACT FROM THE 1996 EDITION OF THE TANGLEWOOD CATALOGUE, WHICH IS IMAGE No.8 IN THE EMBEDDED PHOTOS, AND KINDLY SUPPLIED TO ME BY TANGLEWOOD GUITARS, FROM THEIR ARCHIVE RECORDS.....
"The TANGLEWOOD PERFORMER range of guitars are amongst the world's finest guitars.
For many years this has been the Tanglewood vision. The meticulous workmanship of our top craftsmen turn fine materials into works of art. We only use the highest quality hand-selected aged woods and precious materials such pearl, abalone and other exotic wood trims.
This combination ensures a guitar of the highest quality which will be cherished by future generations and improve with age.
TANGLEWOOD guitars. A sound investment for years to come.
"Natural" (Model on left of Catalogue illustration) * Solid Cedar Top * Mahogany Back and Sides * Maple Body Bindings * Detailed Wood Body Inlays."
- They don't really mention the Marquetry purfling to the Maple edged bindings....nor the Body is single Maple bound to the back with matching marquetry centre stripe to the book matched Mahogany back & matching end stripe....nor the unusual and very distinctive inlaid marquetry Soundhole ring, or the quality enclosed Grover-style kidney bean tuners!.........Real Quality Appointments!
The nice Rosewood Fingerboard has black binding and do inlay position markers. The distinctive kidney bean buttoned tuners are mounted on the very attractively Rosewood faced headstock. The really smart, Martin style Rosewood bridge has an intonated saddle. The guitar is fitted with cream/black dot end pin, and black front strap button mounted on the Maple heal-capping. The whole guitar has a superbly preserved semi-matt/silk finiah, with really minimal wera as described under "Condition" heading below.
The condition of the guitar is really excellent - a couple of very small indent marks on the top are just abut all you can find - really quite remarkable for a 20 year old guitar, and as near mint as you could reasonably expect for a guitar this age, that has not been in it's case the whole time. The fact that, on the contrary, the guitar has been played, is evidenced by typical mild play wear scratches on the scratchplate, which is also very slightly lifted at the back...maybe it has been re-glued a little previously... but not evident enough to need to attend to it now.
Only slight play wear can be seen to the frets and nice Rosewood fingerboard. The individual chrome machine heads with distinctive kidney bean buttons look like new, remaining bright and working very smoothly.
It plays beautifully, with approx. 42.5mm. nut width, slim feeling, fairly shallow "C" profile neck, and a big strong Dreadnought sound from the maturing of the guitar. Setup is yet to be completed but action already fine....expecting to be around 2.5mm./3mm. when small trussrod adjustment completed. Scale length is a Martin "D" style 25.4"/642mm. It will be strung with a set of Martin Bronze Light 12-54s.
There is no case included, but I have some padded gigbags, or if you are looking for a hardshell case, offering greater protection, I may be able to lay hands on a virtually unused Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, and I will be happy to discuss with you a combined price for the guitar and case.