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« on: November 08, 2019, 05:53:17 PM »

I'm looking for a cheapie but a goodie (that's ideally smaller than my Larrivee dread) I can take places and not mind (too much) if it gets stolen.  But all the guitars I like aren't sold in my province   crying So I need help narrowing it down so I know which music shop to spend the next 5 hours travelling to by people who've played these brands.
My top budget is ZAR R3500 which is ~USD230.
I've narrowed it down to Washburns vs Tanglewoods. I've never tried a Tanglewood but I've heard they're good, and I love the sound of Washburns but I've heard they come apart after a few years.  

The options are:
Washburn WCD18
Washburn AG20 / AG40

(Solid top) Tanglewood TWUF/TWUD Union
(Solid top) Tanglewood TW4 BK
Tanglewood TWCRT Crossroads
Tanglewood DBTFNAT Discovery



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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 07:18:43 PM »

Having both come thru my shop I'm a Washburn  fan.The quality of build,tone and feel was a bit better then the Tanglewood in MO.

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 07:44:42 PM »

Thanks Rob!

I've never heard the Tanglewoods before but I love the Washburns' sound.  I think the only thing going for the Tanglewoods atm are the solid tops in the one range while all the Washburns are laminates.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2019, 08:37:05 PM »

I know nothing about Tanglewood but have a Washburn 12 string and my good friend has a Washburn six string. Both very decent guitars for the money.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2019, 03:12:20 PM »

Thanks Ducktrapper!

So after a 4 hour trip down to the back of nowhere I found I didn't really need to worry about it all that much. The store didn't have Washburns  crying what it did have was a sales assistant who kept trying to get my to buy a Takamine because, "They're not that much more expensive. Only ten grand or so."

I ended up with a Tanglewood which is OK... It's playable but it doesn't have the Washburn sound I fell in love with. I'm tempted to lower the action a smidge and the guitar's cheap enough that I can justify fiddling with it myself.  I did find a really nice Ibanez I've put on my to-buy-list-when-I-get-money because it was a lot nicer than I thought.
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