Perfectly evoking Lâg-Chavarria’s design
esthetic, the nylon-string TN100 is a stunning
guitar that never failed to enthrall studio
engineers, band members, and various
bystanders. The gloss-black finish, antiquelike
wood accents, regal-looking rosette, and
black tuners telegraph the sophistication and
uniqueness of a guitar costing far more than
$675 retail. I just kept my mouth shut and
let everyone think I was rocking some custom
$2,000 nylon string.
It was easy to get lost in that deception,
because the TN100 plays like a dream, and
sounds very present and sweet—albeit with
a midrange-rich timbre that likely works best
for rock, country, and singer-songwriter
stylings. I used the TN100 extensively during
the recording of chanteuse Eva Jay
Fortune’s upcoming release, and I was
delighted at its strikingly beautiful tone, as
well as its penchant for sensitive translation
of my picking dynamics.
For a short solo section, the TN100 was
miked with a single Neumann TLM49 condenser,
and that’s all it took to capture a
jewel-like snap that leapt out of the backing
tracks. Fortune also played an entire fingerstyle
rhythm track—miked stereo with the
Neumann pointed at the soundhole, and a
small-diaphragm condenser positioned offaxis
to the 12th fret—with the TN100, and
the sound was balanced, articulate, and vibey.
For amplified live-concert use, I instantly
dug the butt-simple, five-preset StudioLâg
preamp. Although Matt only found two
usable presets on the steel-string, the nylonstring
model sounds very good on all five
settings (depending, of course, on the application).
The StudioLâg also saved the band
from a singer who’s always puttering with
his acoustic tone on stage—with increasing
diminishing returns—as we just dialed the
preamp to good-sounding and easily repeatable
settings (preset number 3 with the
volume at 6), and then gaffer’s taped the
knobs to prevent any on-the-fly fiddling. In
the studio, I used the StudioLâg to layer sensual,
yet simultaneously edgy textures by
blending miked signals with presets purposefully
selected to bristle against the more
While playing the TN100 was always a
bliss-filled experience, there were a couple
of snakes in Paradise. Some of the fret edges
were jagged, and glue overruns were evident
at the bottom of the neck near the soundhole.
I also found all three models to be
delicate little creatures. No acoustic is built
like a tank, of course, but I noticed the LÂGs
scratched and dented quite easily—even a
slight bump against the edge of my desk put
a divot in the TN100’s binding. So although
I’m usually a clumsy brute, I exercised
utmost care with the LÂGs, as these guitars
are so gorgeous you certainly don’t want
anything to sully their glow.
PRICE $675 retail/street N/A
NUTWIDTH 1 23/32"
FRETBOARD Indonesian Rosewood
FRETS 20 medium-jumbo nickel (14 clear of the body)
BODY Old port mahogany back and sides, solid red cedar
BRIDGE Indonesian Rosewood string-through style with
ELECTRONICS StudioLâg Plus preamp, Nanoflex Piezo
FACTORY STRINGS Savarez Cristal Corum
WEIGHT 4.14 lbs.
KUDOS Stunning visage. Evocative and articulate tone.
CONCERNS Finish prone to dings and scratches. Rough fret
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