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Tanglewood TRP-73VSE

Tanglewood Rosewood Grand Reserve TRP-73VSE 2011
Tanglewood Rosewood Grand Reserve TRP-73VSE 2011

Tanglewood Grand Reserve TRP-73VSE, Parlour guitar 2011, 400€ 350€
Araceli and I have decided to put one of our Tanglewood’s up for sale and just keep her favourite Tanglewood Premier TW133. The Tanglewood Grand Reserve TRP-73VSE is a very beautiful and well sounding little parlour, especially plugged in, designed in the UK and hand built in China.  Solid Sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides this model produces a great rich tone with brilliant resonance for a small bodied guitar especially with the superb onboard B-band A3 pickup system. Other features include quality gold Kluson style machine heads, maple and herringbone binding and a lovely vintage sunburst high gloss finish. TRP-73VSE RRP £399.00

Tanglewood Premier TW133

Tanglewood Premier TW133 2010
Tanglewood Premier TW133, designed in the UK and handcrafted in China in 2010

When I met my other half Araceli back in 2007 she already new the basic cowboy chords but never really played guitar, I had only heard her strum a handful of times. She told me that she didn’t really like to play on my guitars since I seemed to care so much about them so I thought the best way around that would be to get her a guitar of her own. I also felt that since I had experienced so much joy through music in my life that would be the least I could give to the woman I love. I talked to her family and we agreed to put in 50 Euro each and get her a guitar for her birthday in September 2010. It was down to me to find a suitable guitar within our budget so I started to do some research. I knew that a parlour guitar would be best option, she is pretty small so I thought that a small bodied guitar would be easier for her to handle. I already had an inexpensive parlour a Vintage V880N that I liked but didn’t love so I thought I would try another brand this time and started to read about Tanglewood. People seemed to really like them, especially in the UK, and they had quite a few parlour sized models so it felt like a good start. Since you can’t just walk in to a guitar shop here in Barcelona and try what you are looking for, the shops here are useless and have nothing in stock, I had to rely on reviews and then order the guitar online. In the end I went for the Tanglewood Premier TW133, since I thought she would really like the look of it, or at least I loved the dark wood and the simplicity of it. I also felt that a solid mahogany top and back would give a bit more warmth and body to it compared to most new made parlour guitars which I feel normally lack that. She was really happy with her birthday present and started to play almost daily and soon after we even started a band together called Chest Fever.

© Claes Gellerbrink, photographs can't be used without permission. Araceli and Claes Chest Fever session, Barcelona 29-04-2012
Araceli, Chest Fever session, Barcelona 29-04-2012

Tanglewood Premier Historic TW133 ASM
SHAPE: Parlour, TOP: Solid Mahogany, BACK: Solid Mahogany
SIDES; Mahogany, NECK: One Piece Mahogany
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, BRIDGE: Rosewood
SADDLE: PPS, Compensated, 72mm, NUT: PPS (43mm)
SCALE LENGTH: 650mm, BRIDGE PINS: Black with White Dots
MACHINE HEADS: Chrome open geared (changed to gold Grovers)
FINISH Natural Satin, STRINGS: D’Addario EXP11, 12-53, RRP: £269.95

Guitars for sale

I have too many acoustic guitars at the moment and therefore have decided to put more up for sale.

Kiso Suzuki Violin Co. LTD. WE-150
Kiso Suzuki WE-150
Dreadnought acoustic, Made in Japan,1980, 250€ SOLD

Hondo D-18 Made in Korea
Hondo D-18
Dreadnought acoustic, Made in Korea, mid 1980′s, 70€ SOLD

Vintage V880N Parlour acoustic
Vintage V880N
Parlour acoustic, 2009, 200€ SOLD

Eko Ranger VI
Eko Ranger VI
Dreadnought acoustic, Made in Italy, 1970′s, 80€ SOLD

 Cort AD-850 NS 2004
Cort AD-850 NS
 Dreadnought acoustic, Hand built in China, 2004, 70€ SOLD

Guitars for sale

I have realised that I have too many acoustic guitars at the moment and therefore have decided to put 3 more up for sale.

Hondo D-18 Made in Korea
Hondo D-18
Dreadnought acoustic, Made in Korea, mid 1980′s, 70€ SOLD

Eko Ranger VI
Eko Ranger VI
Dreadnought acoustic, Made in Italy, 1970′s, 80€ 
SOLD

Cort AD-850 NS 2004
Cort AD-850 NS
 Dreadnought acoustic, Hand built in China, 2004, 70€ SOLD

Vintage V880N Parlour acoustic, 2009

Vintage V880N Parlour acoustic, 2009, 200€ Reserved
I bought this in London since it was the best sounding parlour guitar I could find. It sounded and felt better than guitars that cost 350-550€. It’s very easy to play and has a great tone to it. Here is a link to the UK importer John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd.  V880N RRP £229.00

Vintage V880N
Definitely one of our favourites! We think you’d have a hard job finding a better steel string guitar at this price The full scale length on a small body gives it a full, bright sound which makes it perfect for fingerpicking.

Top: Solid Cedar
Back: Mahogany
Sides: Mahogany
Binding: Golden Herribone/Maple – Top, Black/Maple – Sides
Soundhole: Inlayed Multiply B/W Golden Herribone
Back: Inlay Black/Maple
Neck: Nato
Fingerboard: Sonokeling
Bridge: Sonokeling
Saddle: Compensated
Scale: 648mm
Tuners: Classical style 3-in-line, Amber Buttons

Guitars for sale

The Epiphone Sheraton II is sold now but there are still plenty of guitars for sale.

Vintage VSA850 Hollow Body fake Gretsch White Falcon Vintage VSA850 Hollow Body fake Gretsch White Falcon, late 00’s, 450€ 400

For sale

I have created a For sale section in the top. If you wish to purchase any part of the Claes Collection just send me an email, contact details on the For sale page.

Epiphone Sheraton II Made in Korea, 1999, 500€

Epiphone Sheraton II Made in Korea, 1999, 500€