ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons is the star of the show this month with two in-depth interviews with Stuart Bull and Michael Casswell, and a special ‘Billy Gibbons Masterclass’ lesson from Danny Gill. Other interviews include Steve Lukather who talks to Gi about his eagerly awaited new solo album ‘Transistion’ and Jerry Donahue sits down with Lee Hodgson to discuss his string-bending technique and his extensive career.
THE QUIET ROOM_GUITAR REVIEW
Tanglewood, the highly respected British acoustic guitar company, has joined
forces with Spain’s renowned classical builder Manuel Rodriguez to produce two
classical models using the same formula - European design with cost-effective
Asian manufacturing. But can the newcomers meet Giorgio Serci’s professional
Tanglewood is well known throughout Europe for having raised the game of Far Eastern
acoustic guitar manufacturing to a high level. Taking European designs and having them
made in Asia isn’t a new idea, but Tanglewood was one of the first to really get it right.
As a consequence the brand has become one of the biggest selling in Europe and is now
increasingly available in North America and elsewhere.
Tanglewood made its name with steel strung acoustics and where it has looked beyond its
roots, it has forged highly successful partnerships with experts in other areas to help it - for
example, it recruited the Scandinavian luthier Michael Sanden to help design its top end
acoustics and the internationally respected British bass maker, Chris May, of Overwater,
to design its range of electric basses. Now it has turned its attention to classical guitars and
this time it has sought the assistance of Manuel Rodriguez, the world-renowned guitar
manufacturer from Madrid. Manuel Rodriguez Junior has been actively involved in the design
of the two models we have for review here, the TCMR 1 and the TCMR 2.
Having already established two successful partnerships, how well does this latest one work?
In theory it should be a great team - allying the Rodriguez expertise in traditional design and
manufacture with Tanglewood’s ability to source and quality control instruments at very fair
prices. Let’s find out!
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