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Simon MaherSubject: Identifying old (1992?) Tanglewood Les Paul model - any ideas?

Hello there all. I have been given a battered old Les Paul style Tanglewood electric and I would really appreciate any info if someone out there knows what model it is or knows anything about its construction and spec.


It is mostly gloss black, but has a kind of trans-black top, revealing a 'swirly' wood grain where the top has been carved. The rest of the fixtures are cream e.g. Binding, pickup rings,or Chromed where appropriate.


On the very 'Gibson' headstock it simply has a gold transfer decal reading "Tanglewood Guitar Company". It seems to be a cut above what I would consider an entry level model, but the body is clearly 'ply' or laminate contruction. Despite this, the guitar sounds really rich and warm through a Tube amp (although I did completely rewire it in '50s configuration, and replace all electrics and the Nut). The neck is glued in or 'Set'.


I would greatly appreciate any info or theories you all might have on what it is I have been given. One thing's for sure, I may have a bit of a choice as to which is my main gigging guitar now I have acquired this rather nice player!


Thanks,

|Simon Maher

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 13:19:15
Erik LindRE: Identifying old (1992?) Tanglewood Les Paul model - any ideas?

hi Simon,


are you able to post a couple pics of the guitar?


Erik (Tanglewod Guitars - North America)

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:31:22
Simon MaherRE: Identifying old (1992?) Tanglewood Les Paul model - any ideas?

Sorry, chaps! How have people uploaded photos before? I have JPEGs rarign to go, but the 'Insert photo' and simply Copy & paste seemingly won't work.

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:01:12
Erik LindRE: Identifying old (1992?) Tanglewood Les Paul model - any ideas?

Hi Simon,


   


Your guitar (above) is a TSE 501 'Star' Single-Cut, which was sold between 1992-1996 in the UK. The scan below is of our catalogue from 1994. It retailed for around £249 in the UK in 1994. (It looks like the pickups and knobs on your guitar may have been replaced somewhere along the line, though.)



  • Laminated birch body

  • Mahogany Neck

  • Bound Rosewood Fingerboard

  • 2 Hi-Output Humbuckers, w/ individual Tone/Vol controls

  • Adjustable bridge/tailpiece


Cheers!


Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:27:40
Simon MaherRE: Identifying old (1992?) Tanglewood Les Paul model - any ideas?

Hello Erik


Thanks so much for returning such a complete reply! Really very good of you. I can't help thinking mine is a variation on the Star 501 you mention – there are a few difference in the appointments: Headstock shape; pickup selector switch ring; truss rod cover shape; knobs; pickups/pickup rings.


The friend who gave me the guitar states he bought it in York, in 1992, from a Music Store who don't really deal in used instruments - he certainly bought it as a teenager on the understand that, after all that saving, it was brand new! You'll know better than me, but is it possible this was a certain 'edition' of the Star? I had previousy found examples of the Sunburst model of the Star, as in the catalgoue pages you sent, and hadn't considered that it was the same as mine, largely because of the headstock shape difference.


I really appreciate you getting back to me with all that info - thanks again.


All the best,

Simon

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 05:21:37
Simon MaherRE: Identifying old (1992?) Tanglewood Les Paul model - any ideas?

I also just noticed, extra to the above, the fret board marker inlays are MOP effect trapezoids on my guitar, not dot markers as on the Star. The headstock is also not bound on the guitar I have.


Simon

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 05:26:18
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