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Tanglewood Union series Tenor Ukulele
Union Series Tenor
Tanglewood cove creek Concert Ukulele
Cove Creek spalted maple Concert
Tanglewood Guitars was founded in London in 1988 for the import and distribution of far eastern made Guitars in the UK and Europe. They give the usual story that the instruments are designed in the UK and final QI and setup is done in the UK? Since 1988 they have expanded the operation, moved out of London and expanded the distribution network to cover the world. They have expanded the range of instruments they distribute as well, to include Banjos, Mandolins and Ukuleles. For their "folk instruments", and this includes Ukuleles, there are two main ranges, Union and Cove Creek, however for Ukuleles there is an extra range called Java too.


This is the most low end range and starts with a colourful selection of budget Sopranos. It then goes on to laminate mahogany Soprano to Baritone scales plus Uke Basses

Cove Creek

This features a number of wood options, some of which have solid tops and they come as Soprano or Concert scale depending on the choice of wood. There is also Cove Creek Banjoleles, (than look like rebadged Daewon Dub 5s)


This is a Ukulele only range and only comes as Concert or Tenor scale. They all have solid wood tops and usually feature Java Koa(?) as a wood somewhere, (apart from the one that doesn't so I don't really understand the branding? Possibly this is why it has been largely phased out and replaced with Tribal Spirit)

All of the ranges usually feature a "by Tanglewood" tag line somewhere on them too.

In the "Noughties" they had a range of half sized solid body electric Guitars, usually designed around Fenders most famous Guitar models that was called Elfin. The "Precision" Bass model had a scale length of 635mm (25 inches) so just about falls into the range of a long scale Uke Bass size though it was steel strung, and apparently replacement strings are very hard to come by.

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