The Eastman Company is known, among other things, for their absolutely top-notch mandolins, hand-carved from the best sold woods to the most exacting specifications, and they are fabulous; this is why we carry them and only them in the arena of new mandolins. Lester known is the fact that they also make spectacular carved-top-and-back F-hole acoustic guitars, based on the original landmark Gibson L-5 of the 1920s-30s. Most of these have 17” bodies, but a very few are made to the spec of the original 16” design, and they are extremely special, particularly when they are done as well as Eastman does them. We have just gotten one in and it is stupendous in every way. The sound is rich and clear, as only the tone coming from a guitar of these proportions and of this fine a quality can be. The finish is the original classic sunburst. Action is as ever with all Eastman products, crisp. There is not another acoustic carved-top goiter made today that can even approach this one in any way, let alone every way.
Old-World craftsmanship creates a new jazz standard. Carved spruce top, carved maple back and sides with Ebony bridge, tailpiece, pickguard and fretboard. Classic Venetian cutaway, floating pickup design.
Neck Material: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1-3/4"
Fretwire: 20-Jescar FW47104-P
Scale Length: 25"
Body Style: Venetian
Body Dimensions: 16" X 3-1/4"
Body Top: Solid Hand Carved Spruce
Body Back/Sides: Hand Carved Maple
F Holes: Yes
F Hole Binding Material: Single Ply Ivoroid
Head Cap Veneer Material: Ebony
Truss Rod: Single Acting
Headstock Style: AR
Binding Material: 7-ply Ivoroid/Black
Logo Material: Maple
Side Dot Color: Black
Hardware Color: Gold
Pickguard Material: Ebony
Pickguard Binding: Yes
Pickguard Binding Material: Multi-ply Ivoroid/Black
Tailpiece Material: Gold & Ebony
Bridge: Ebony compensated, 2-3/32" Spacing
Tuners: Gotoh w/ ebony buttons SG360-EN01GG
Neck Pickup: Kent Armstrong Floating HJGS6-GD
Bridge Pickup: None
Controls: Volume & Tone, pickguard mounted
Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
Strings: Clearetone .012-.052 Roundwound
Tuning: E A D G B e
Case: Hardshell Case