Sloped Shoulder Dreadnought

  • TW15 SDTE

    £949.00
    SHAPE Sloped Shoulder Dreadnought
    TOP Torrefied Solid Spruce
    BACK Solid Mahogany
    SIDES Solid Mahogany
    FINGERBOARD Laurel
    BRIDGE Walnut
    STRINGS Elixir Nanoweb 12-53
    ELECTRONICS Fishman Presys+
    FINISH Vintage Burst Gloss
    HARDCASE TW ABS Hardcase
    Full Specification TW15SDTE
    Alternative model codes for this exact specification are X15 SDTE
    Tanglewood’s Sundance Performance Pro Series is the culmination of decades of guitar building expertise and research. Swedish master luthier Michael Sanden has designed Tanglewood’s new flagship models, boasting all solid wood combinations and sumptuous features on some of the most popular and iconic acoustic body shapes in guitar history. The All Solid Wood Sundance Performance Pro TW15 SDTE model is a comfortable, vintage Slope Shoulder Dreadnought bodied guitar. The Slope Shoulder Dreadnought shape strikes the most even balance between volume, size and ease of playing. An outstanding guitar for the professional player, it features a hand selected premium AAA grade solid Spruce top, coupled with genuine Solid Mahogany back and sides. Grand Master luthier Michael Sanden designed a new special bracing pattern for the TW15 SDTE, which features traditional quarter sawn spruce in a tapered style, using a combination of X bracing and fan bracing. This arrangement recovers an outstanding flexibility and tonality from the AAA grade kiln aged solid spruce top, creating a much more stable top than standard bracing. The evenness of tone and sustained harmonics are testament to Michaels bracing system for sure. The solid spruce was hand selected by Michael Sanden as it has a tone that makes it a very good ‘all-rounder’. Using a new kiln drying technique called Torrefaction, the TW15 SDTE has been created with unique sound characteristics that replicate a well loved vintage instrument that has been played in for over 30 years! First, the wood is kiln-dried conventionally to a moisture level of 6 to 10 percent. The wood is then “cooked” in a torrefaction kiln at a high temperature while controlling atmospheric moisture and oxygen levels. After the moisture level is taken to zero percent, the wood is placed in a conditioning chamber where the level of moisture is raised to 3 to 6 percent. The resulting wood boasts greater stability—especially beneficial as it’s exposed to atmospheric moisture during the life of an instrument—due to the closure of the cells when the water and sap is released from the wood. “The wood is heat-treated in an oxygen-free kiln, making it highly resonant and extremely stable, it's as if the wood is pre-aged.” Says Master designer Michael Sanden, “The process  makes the guitar feel like a favourite old model that's been played in daily for the last 20 years… it really does open up the spruce to that degree.” The solid mahogany used for the back and sides is a dense wood, with a dark finish, and tight grain. The mahogany’s density can add great projection to the guitar, adding warmth, but with definition. The combination of spruce and mahogany is one of the most popular, because it offers a tone that is very balanced, but versatile, lending itself very well to any musical style. Besides serving to form the enclosure of the soundbox, the back and sides of the guitar also act as a sympathetic resonator whose oscillations contribute greatly to the harmonic mix. The Mahogany necks are constructed with a traditional dove tail join and the Mahogany itself provides excellent longitudinal strength. They are C-shaped in a smooth comfortable oval profile that works well for most playing styles. The chrome Grover buttons were chosen as Grover are recognised worldwide as industry leaders for high-quality machine heads. Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze 12-53 Light E16052 Acoustic Guitar Strings were selected for the Sundance Performance Pro range. Phosphor bronze strings offer the most sensitive, expressive tone that brings out the very best in guitars—virtually taking them to a higher level of play. However, that tone can be short-lived. Elixir Strings has solved this classic conundrum by applying an ultra-thin layer of NANOWEB Coating to protect the string’s windings hence preserving the coveted phosphor bronze tone. Many players prefer the rich, textured tone of phosphor bronze strings. These Elixir Strings capture the sweet spot of that unique phosphor bronze tone and extend it 3-5x longer than conventional strings. The guitar is finished in a high gloss, violin sunburst, polyurethane finish, which gives it a vintage, classic look and feel.
    Nut Width 43mm
    Width 14th Fret 54mm
    Saddle Width 72mm
    Scale Length 650mm
    Neck Thickness 1F 19.8mm
    Neck Thickness 9F 22.5mm
    Upper Bout Width 293mm
    Lower Bout Width 397mm
    Waist Width 228mm
    Body Depth (Neck) 96mm
    Body Depth (End) 122mm
    Body Length 508mm
    Overall Length 1047mm
  • SHAPE Sloped Shoulder Dreadnought
    TOP Solid Spruce
    BACK Mahogany
    SIDES Mahogany
    FINGERBOARD Laurel
    BRIDGE Walnut
    STRINGS Elixir Nanoweb 12-53
    ELECTRONICS Fishman Sonitone
    FINISH Vintage Sunburst Gloss
    HARDCASE TW ABS Hardcase
    Full Specification TW40SDVSE
    Carefully designed to offer an authentic tone and character by master luthier Michael Sanden, the influence of Michael on the sound of these wonderful guitars is very evident. Just three body styles are needed to meet any players requirement... Folk, Dreadnought and Slope Shoulder, all fitted with Fishman Sonitone electronics onboard. The solid Spruce tops are tuned, braced, and aged to produce optimum performance and their understated looks are certainly deceiving, the minute you strum a chord and hear how great they sound you’ll find a Historic guitar very difficult to put back down.
    Nut Width 44.5mm
    Width 14th Fret 57.5mm
    Scale Length 650mm
    Neck Thickness 1F 22.4mm
    Neck Thickness 10F 24.9mm
    Upper Bout Width 291mm
    Lower Bout Width 403mm
    Waist Width 278mm
    Body Depth (Neck) 101mm
    Body Depth (End) 123mm
    Body Length 510mm
    Overall Length 1032mm
  • TWBB SFCE

    £199.00
    TYPE Electro Acoustic with Built in Tuner
    SHAPE Super Folk Cutaway
    TOP Hand Selected Mahogany
    BACK Mahogany
    SIDES Mahogany
    FINGERBOARD Techwood
    BRIDGE Techwood
    STRINGS Bronze Light
    ELECTRONICS Tanglewood Premium Plus
    FINISH Smokestack Black Satin
    Full Specification TWBBSFCE
    Building on the global success of our Crossroads range of instruments, our design team have created a whole new range of guitars, inspired by the cosmetic of 1940/50’s era US instruments with the class leading constructional signature of Michael Sanden and the Tanglewood artisanal team. Every Blackbird model is carefully braced to provide a tight bottom end bass note and clear rich high spectrum resonance. We have bound each model in vintage ivory ABS materials to provide the look of Bakelite from the 40’s, and though this won’t affect the sound, it certainly helps give provenance to the historic look our design team wished to capture, and to our mind, they have done a wonderful job. We have both traditional acoustic models and stage ready electro acoustic versions available, all featuring the outstanding new Tanglewood Premium Plus Eq system as standard equipment. The rich smoky charcoal stained finish we have christened “Smokestack Black“ and we hope, amongst the range you will be able to choose your own favourite!
    Nut Width 43mm
    Width 14th Fret 54mm
    Scale Length 650mm
    Neck Thickness 1F 21mm
    Neck Thickness 10F 23mm
    Upper Bout Width 279mm
    Lower Bout Width 382mm
    Waist Width 234mm
    Body Depth (Neck) 95mm
    Body Depth (End) 100mm
    Body Length 480mm
    Overall Length 1000mm
  • TWBB SD E

    £179.00
    TYPE Electro Acoustic with Built in Tuner
    SHAPE Slope Shoulder Dreadnought
    TOP Hand Selected Mahogany
    BACK Mahogany
    SIDES Mahogany
    FINGERBOARD Techwood
    BRIDGE Techwood
    STRINGS Bronze Light
    ELECTRONICS Tanglewood Premium Plus
    FINISH Smokestack Black Satin
    Full Specification TWBBSDE
    Building on the global success of our Crossroads range of instruments, our design team have created a whole new range of guitars, inspired by the cosmetic of 1940/50’s era US instruments with the class leading constructional signature of Michael Sanden and the Tanglewood artisanal team. Every Blackbird model is carefully braced to provide a tight bottom end bass note and clear rich high spectrum resonance. We have bound each model in vintage ivory ABS materials to provide the look of Bakelite from the 40’s, and though this won’t affect the sound, it certainly helps give provenance to the historic look our design team wished to capture, and to our mind, they have done a wonderful job. We have both traditional acoustic models and stage ready electro acoustic versions available, all featuring the outstanding new Tanglewood Premium Plus Eq system as standard equipment. The rich smoky charcoal stained finish we have christened “Smokestack Black“ and we hope, amongst the range you will be able to choose your own favourite!    
    Nut Width 43mm
    Width 14th Fret 54mm
    Scale Length 650mm
    Neck Thickness 1F 21mm
    Neck Thickness 10F 23mm
    Upper Bout Width 291mm
    Lower Bout Width 403mm
    Waist Width 278mm
    Body Depth (Neck) 101mm
    Body Depth (End) 123mm
    Body Length 510mm
    Overall Length 1032mm

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