Tanglewood Java Series TWJD and TWJD-CE
Tanglewood Guitars introduce new solid cedar top acoustics to their mid-priced Java Series, the TWJD and TWJD-CE.
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TWJD feature traditional dreadnought design and body shape, while TWJD-CE features a cutaway plus built-in pickup and preamp.
Instead of going for the usual solid spruce top, these new Tanglewood acoustics come equipped with solid cedar tops. Cedar tops are common among classical and nylon string guitars, but they are not as commonplace when it comes to steel-stringed acoustics, mostly because manufacturers have a tendency to stick with the tried and tested spruce top design.
The use of solid Cedar makes the TWJD and TWJD-CE stand out in the mid-priced acoustic market. They will be good affordable options for guitarists that are looking for warmer sounding acoustic guitars.
Cedar top acoustics are known for their distinctly warm tone, with focused mids and tamer highs. The sound it produces is ideal for solo singer songwriters and finger pickers, and it can also serves as a great complimentary instrument for multi-guitar setups, especially if the other guitar player already has a spruce top acoustic.
Supporting the guitar's solid cedar top is the tree piece back made from amara wood with golden spalted mango wedge. The back and sides are also made from amara. The acoustic-electric version (TWJD-CE) has a cutaway body for easier upper fret access and it houses a Fishman Sonitone pickup that is built into the inside. This pickup is trusted by many acoustic guitar manufacturers, especially in this price range.
The neck of the guitar is made of Nato and it features a rosewood fingerboard. It has a scale length of 25.5" and a nut width of 1 .6875". Other features include rosewood bridge, vintage open back tuners and natural gloss finish.
The new TWJD Dreadnought model is expected to retail for $519, while the TWJD-CE acoustic-electric model with cutaway is slightly more expensive at $649. For more information, visit Tanglewood Guitars.
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