REVIEWS

Tanglewood TWM X S VS Cove Creek F-Style Mandolin

Published 6 years ago on May 1, 2015

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

The F-style “scroll” body shape is the definitive Bluegrass mandolin, having been seen in the hands of everyone who is anyone from Bill Monroe onwards. Tanglewood’s take on this iconic instrument certainly has the look down pat although, in a departure from the norm, its back and sides are made from linden (lime) wood as opposed to the classic maple construction that you might expect.

The remaining parts of the mandolin remain true to the tradition, with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, a solid spruce top, a floating, adjustable, rosewood bridge and a sunburst finish.  Chrome tuners with pearloid buttons, a black scratchplate and a chrome tailpiece make up the hardware contingent.

Build quality, fit and finish, as we’ve grown to expect these days, was good and playability on the factory set-up was quite good, although a bit more attention from your retailer’s luthier would pay definite dividends. A gig-bag or a light case would be my recommendation if you’re going to be taking this mandolin out and about as the decorative points that are a feature of its body shape can be, in my experience, a bit vulnerable in transit.

String-to-string balance was fairly even but, although tone and chop were present, the Cove Creek sounded a bit too tight and restrained overall for my taste. An F-style mandolin has to have real volume to stand up against the banjo and rhythm guitar in a bluegrass band and you’d have to work a bit to manage that with this mandolin.

iG33_Cover


YOU MAY LIKE

ADVERTISEMENT

LATEST

Wolfgang Van Halen Talks Debut Album MAMMOTH WVH and More | INTERVIEW

Max and Igor Amadeus Cavalera launch GO AHEAD AND DIE | INTERVIEW

BOSS Nextone Special 80W Combo Amp | REVIEW

Joanna Conner: Chicago Blues | INTERVIEW

OCTET: A Virtual Guitar Ensemble | INTERVIEW

Steve Lukather: Stop, Luke & Listen | INTERVIEW

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI V2 | REVIEW

Aria Pro II JET-B'tone | REVIEW

Eventide MicroPitch Delay | REVIEW

Black Country Customs/Laney Secret Path Reverb Pedal | REVIEW

Victory V4 Copper Preamp | REVIEW

Jerry Horton: Noise Control | INTERVIEW

Vintage 25th Anniversary V6H SVB | REVIEW

Darkglass Harmonic Booster | REVIEW

Cort Core OC Spruce | REVIEW

Rathbone No. 5 – Double Top Dreadnought | REVIEW

Kustom Sienna Pro 30W 1x10 | REVIEW

Vox VH-Q1 Headphones | REVIEW

PJE Legacy Dark Roast | REVIEW

Martin X Series D-X1E & 00-X2E | REVIEW

EBS Stanley Clarke Signature Preamp Pedal | REVIEW

Taylor American Dream AD17 | REVIEW

Udo Roesner Da Capo 75 | REVIEW

Dingwall SPJ4 | REVIEW

Vintage 25th Anniversary V75SVB | REVIEW

Top magnifiercross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram