Turnstone TD, Malaysian Blackwood & Swiss Moon Spruce


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Luthier Rosie Heydenrych of Turnstone Guitars has added a powerful new model to her lineup of guitars: the TD, her take on the classic dreadnought. In crafting this model, Rosie wanted to make something distinct from her Grand Auditorium-sized TG, but didn't necessarily want to follow the Modified Dreadnought path so many builders have chosen. But Turnstone isn't a traditional Martin-style guitar company, either—she wanted to capture "the pronounced bass and expansive feel" of a dreadnought, but with the distinctive Turnstone tone and feel. We are enchanted with the result!

Swiss moon spruce is paired with Malaysian blackwood, a dense wood similar to ebony, that has the "sustain and power that underpins the characteristics of a dreadnought". The overall tone is powerful yet balanced, but what will blow you away is the absolutely massive bass. Played fingerstyle or with a flatpick, drop tunings have seldom been more satisfying. If you're after a unique dreadnought, this TD should be on your list. (Don't miss Rosie's TD intro video linked below!)

  • Model: TD (14-fret dreadnought)
  • Top: Swiss moon spruce
  • Back and sides: Malaysian blackwood
  • Neck: Honduran mahogany with shallow C profile
  • Fretboard: Ebony with copper side fret markers
  • Frets: EVO Gold
  • Headstock veneer: Malaysian blackwood
  • Bridge and pins: Ebony
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Purfling: Mahogany
  • Rosette: Art Deco pattern on ebony
  • Finish: High gloss
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510, gold with black buttons
  • Nut and saddle material: Cattle bone
  • Features: Rollover arm bevel, offset heel shape
  • Pickguard: Clear
  • Scale length: 25-1/2" (650mm)
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
  • String spacing: 2-1/4" (57mm)
  • Lower bout: 16.3" (416mm)
  • Depth: 4.5" (115mm)
  • Neck thickness: .86" (22mm)
  • Case: Crossrock hardshell


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Key Features

Turnstone TD, Malaysian Blackwood & Swiss Moon Spruce
The TD model combines a 16.3" lower bout, 4.5" depth and broader waist, for an expansive tone that's uniquely Turnstone
Swiss moon spruce is matched with dense Malaysian blackwood, carefully chosen to maximize the potential of this large-bodied guitar
Finishing touches include a rollover arm bevel, offset neck heel, ebony bindings, and a gorgeous Art Deco rosette and 12-fret marker 

This product listing was written by Lindsay. If you’d like to talk to Lindsay about this guitar, you can do so here:


Turnstone Guitars

Turnstone Guitar Company is based in Surrey, England and was founded by luthier Rosie Heydenrych. In 2010, Rosie started learning her craft in London and set up a dedicated workshop in 2015 producing fine handmade steel-string guitars.

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