Tanglewood Crossroads

The Crossroads series pays homage to the style and sound of classic instruments from 1930’s America.

Tanglewood Guitars Crossroads Series

Tanglewood Guitars Crossroads Series

The 30’s were a time of hardship all across the USA with the Great Depression bringing communities to their knees and the strife and pain of poverty and famine recorded in journals and diaries and of course in song, all across the country. Some of what are now regarded as the finest and most influential musicians in the world created a rhythmic sound during those years and sang of their troubles, a sound we now think of as the blues.

The guitars used to play this music weren’t fancy, or ornately decorated or adorned with expensive lacquers, they were straightforward and functional, but in a lot of cases these instruments were still quite precisely engineered for the day.

With a really significant cost to the musician in those days it meant that guitars of this era had to play well and last a long time, often to be passed on through family generations.

To create an instrument that evokes these traditional values, so often overlooked in our modern society, we at Tanglewood had to commission the services of a very special luthier, none other than Michael Sanden, the man behind Tanglewood Masterdesign. Michael is the creator of the Sanden Guitar company in Sweden, and now the chief design consultant for Tanglewood Guitars.

Michael has that Scandinavian affinity with natural wood. He starts with the tree, selecting timbers that will sound good together, making the soundboards a precise measurement so they will flex and respond to the players attack, and then he braces the instrument with his own patterns to make each instrument have its own personality.

It’s not just the special bracing, or the woods that are selected, or the construction method even. All these are vital components for any guitar… but on Crossroads Michael wanted to create something very very special.

He wanted to make a guitar that could have the sound that any musician, professional or amateur could appreciate and he demanded that the neck profiles and bridge contouring and fret inlaying should be implemented without regard to the price of manufacturing, to proudly reflect the Tanglewood ethos of outstanding value and performance.

When Michael was looking for a colour finish to compliment the earthy, naturally authentic signature of the Crossroads, the vivid autumnal palette of dark brown that was finally decided upon was likened by some of our friends to be inspired by the timber shading that old whiskey barrels of the last century looked like. So for the very first time, we have created an all new Tanglewood colour finish, exclusively for the Crossroads series models and we will call it…Whiskey Barrel Burst!

When this was done and the first prototypes rolled off the production line, we as a company were so amazed by the achievement that we knew we had to really drive home the message that a lot of thought and a lot of love had gone into the creation of these fabulous guitars.

Here at Tanglewood we love legends as much as we love making guitars, so we have to talk a little about our collective inspiration and the Deep South of America is the starting point for our tale.

According to the myth handed down over the years, a young musician from rural Mississippi named Robert Johnson wanted to become an amazing guitar player. So one night, on instruction, as legend has it, he walked to a cross junction in the roads supposedly near the Dockery plantation & met a man, who it is said was the Devil. Here he was shown how to play like no one had ever played before, in return for his soul.

A pretty big price to pay!

Robert certainly did play very well and for the next few short years of his life, became a massively influential player, but he suffered terribly as well and died of poisoning at the tender age of 27 years old… all adding to the legend of course.

But his light shone brightly in those few years and the world was left with an influence stretching far beyond the tragically short time the man actually lived.

All these of course are stories are unsubstantiated historically, it’s folklore and people disagree about where the Crossroads were, and even when the year was it may have happened, but still, in 2015, we are thinking about it, and talking about it, and still wondering about it, approaching a century after the man actually lived.

So for you our Crossroads series has been created with care and love, and we hope a little bit of Tanglewood magic, so you the player can start your own musical journey without compromise.

You’ll have a great guitar to play, we hope you will make great music together, and just maybe you will create your own musical legend, and history will record that it all started at the Tanglewood Crossroads…

We look forward to that legend!

What the dealers say:

Being one of Britain’s oldest established music stores, we’ve seen one or two guitars over the years. This new Crossroads model is the best quality and value we’ve seen in literally decades – Well done Tanglewood.

Tim Loades, Brothertons Music

Crossroads are exactly what a great guitar should be. They sounds authentic, look authentic and even have depression era pricing.

Dominic, JG Windows

We sell a lot of guitars here in Whitby and we’re knocked out that we can offer a quality Tanglewood instrument at this amazing price. Crossroads is a real treat for our loyal customers.

Classic Design, Outstanding Value. Ideal for the surf dudes of Cornwall!

Let’s make a bold statement to describe the new Tanglewood Crossroads guitar. In our humble opinion here at Wildwire, these guitars are simply the best value for money that you can buy anywhere near this price point.

Chris, Wildwire


The Crossroads is an ideal starter guitar. It is solid, reasonably priced and above all great sounding. Making it perfect for anyone starting their musical journey.

The new Tanglewood Crossroads Electro Acoustic guitar is an absolute winner, looks, feels and plays way above its price!

Ridiculously great value for money! Come and be amazed.

Clive, Music Bros

The real test of a good guitar is the customers response and with the Tanglewood Crossroads, the response is always WOW!

Vaughn, R&T Music

We couldn’t believe what the Tanglewood Crossroads sounded like for the price.  It’s truly unbelievable.

Allegro Music, Allegro Music


If you are looking for a new guitar on a budget then you really can’t beat this new guitar range from Tanglewood.

Sheehans, Sheehans

You won’t find better than a Crossroads guitar.  If you trust us and trust Tanglewood and are looking for a guitar then this is the one for you.

Benfleet Music, Benfleet Music

WOW….just WOW!  You have to play it to understand what you are getting.

Chamberlain, Chamberlain

This is the best guitar in the shop for the money.  I honestly don’t think we could sell you better.

Brighton Guitars, Brighton Guitars

Feels great, looks great, sounds better!

Charlie Chandlers Guitar Experience, Charlie Chandlers Guitar Experience


They’ve really done it now at Tanglewood.  This is the best guitar we’ve had to offer our customers that we can truly stand behind and say this is the guitar for you.

Coadys, Coadys

In our opinion the Crossroads guitars are awesome and at the price are an absolute no brainer.

Aire Guitars, Aire Guitars

Just come and try a Crossroads. You will not be disappointed!

Gardonyis, Gardonyis

We have the Crossroads guitars by Tanglewood because we don’t think you can buy anything better with your hard earned money.

Mill Hill, Mill Hill

What this guitar offers is the ability to play on a great guitar from the start if you are a beginner or on a budget.  It’s the real deal for less money.

Nevada Music, Nevada Music

Don’t think just buy. We promise you will be a happy customer if you buy a Tanglewood Crossroads.

Normans Music, Normans Music


We think the Tanglewood Crossroads is a guitar that will offer you a great start in your guitar playing future.

Northcote Music, Northcote Music

The Crossroads is the real deal!

One Man Band, One Man Band

You have to consider this guitar if you are wanting a quality built guitar from a quality company. I couldn’t suggest anything better for the money.


We have the Crossroads guitars by Tanglewood because we don’t think you can buy anything better with your hard earned money.

Sully, B&T Music

Great Guitars. Fantastic Value, I can’t stop selling them!

The Crossroads range offer fantastic value for money and they are sure to be a very popular instrument; I wish I’d had something this good when I was starting out!

Dan, Foulds