The Tanglewood Roadster TWR2O Acoustic Guitar in Natural Cedar is a super affordable acoustic guitar with a great tone and playability. The solid cedar top provides a slightly darker and 'sweeter' tone and is a very welcome addition at this price-point. The 'folk' body shape is smoothly shaped and seen as a mid-sized instrument; this makes it physically comfortable to hold and gives the guitar a well-rounded sound - ideal for fingerpicking and for singer-songwriters. The natural satin finish provides a smooth and tactile feel and allows the focus to go into the playability and tone of this instrument. The Roadster II Folk is a highly affordable guitar that delivers a real solid wood top to give it a rich acoustic tone; perfect for developing musicians and value-seeking professionals.
Quality and Performance
The Tanglewood Roadster II Folk Acoustic Guitar is a guitar focused on performance and playability. The natural satin finish and lack of any ornate decorations means that Tanglewood can give you a solid cedar topped guitar at an excellent price-point. While the natural satin could be seen as a cost-saving measure, the satin finish does actually provide a more smooth and tactile feel. Satin is also a thinner finish than gloss and lets the wood 'breathe' more for enhanced resonance and sustain; many guitars are purposefully spec'd with this finish to gain these benefits.
The Roadster II Folk Acoustic Guitar puts all the focus on the player, and it provides a solid wood top, all mahogany body and neck, and chrome die-cast tuners for tuning stability. This is the ideal instrument for developing players and value-seeking professionals.
Solid Cedar Top
A guitar gets its 'voice' from the top material, and solid woods are inherently more resonant and stable. Cedar gives a lovely dark tone with a 'sweet' and intimate nature. Cedar also 'plays in' quicker than other woods, meaning it'll take less time to develop its true mature character. The mahogany back and sides help to project that tone, giving the stability needed for acoustic volume.
Mahogany Neck / Eboncore Fingerboard
The mahogany neck assists with sustain and resonance while the satin finish (as mentioned) is light enough to let the woods 'breathe' and resonate more fully. The Roadster II Folk has an eboncore fingerboard; a composite material with a balanced response across its whole length. Eboncore (and other similar materials) are increasingly being used, representing the fact that many different brands are now looking towards more environmentally-responsible materials for guitar production. The eboncore has the look and feel of wood - close your eyes and you'd never know.
Folk Body Shape
The folk body shape (otherwise called Orchestra) is a mid-sized guitar. Its curvaceous design sits comfortably in the lap and provides a smooth playing experience and a very balanced tonality with an equal blend of lows and highs. The cedar top naturally emphasises the mid-range, making this guitar appropriate for all styles of music.
- Solid cedar top with mahogany back/sides - delivers a warm and rich tone
- Natural satin finish feels smooth and tactile
- Eboncore fingerboard - CITES friendly and gives an even response
- Folk body style
Body & Bridge
- Body Shape: Orchestra/Folk
- Top Material: Cedar
- Back/Sides Material: Mahogany
- Binding: ABS black/white
- Bridge: Black Walnut
- Finish: Natural Satin
Neck & Fingerboard
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Fingerboard Material: Eboncore
- Saddle: ABS ivory
- Nut: ABS white
- Nut Width: 43 mm
- Scale Length: 650 mm
Hardware & Electronics
- Machine Heads: Chrome die cast
- Electronics: n/a
- Bridge Pins: ABS ivory with black dots
- Strings: Phosphor bronze 12-53 gauge