Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jul 24, 2018 10:03:58 GMT -5
Over the weekend, I received a new-to-me Eastman T185MX. This guitar has a hand-carved maple top, solid mahogany body and neck, ebony board, and flame maple wood binding throughout. The hardware is mostly Gotoh (tailpiece, bridge, and tuners) with a pair of Duncan 59s for sound (note: older versions had gold hardware and Kent Armstrong pickups).
The build quality is simply excellent. This is all solid wood construction with a 15" lower bout (they also make 14" and 16" versions). Unlike their laminate models, which are designed closer to an ES-335, this guitar only has a small 2x3" center block under the bridge / tailpiece, which makes it more resonant. I am so impressed with the hand-carved top and body, which leverages their builders' background in making string instruments.
I ran it through a variety of sounds, and it performed very well. The resonance and sustain are unlike any guitar I've previously owned (this is my first semi-hollow), and it just has a really cool vibe that makes it so much fun to play. Also, while I didn't blow the roof off of my house, I did crank it up and experienced no feedback issues (which I read could be an issue with solid body semi-hollows).
Overall, I could not be more pleased with this instrument. There aren't very many of these guitars in the wild, and there's not much info online, so I encourage any discussion about them here.
Here are the obligatory NGD photos (apologies, they turned out a little grainy... may try to take some new ones later this week):
What a beautiful guitar. If it sounds as good as it looks, you're a lucky player. I see you have 7 Easties. Could we have a family photo?
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jul 24, 2018 11:21:39 GMT -5
phjim, it sounds great and better than I expected. But you just reminded me to update my signature... now, I have eight Easties! I'll try to get a family photo uploaded soon, but I have two pickguards on order, so I was waiting until they arrive and get installed.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jul 24, 2018 13:42:30 GMT -5
ladyssolo, Eastman uses some amazing, high quality tonewoods. And the company was founded making string instruments (violins, cellos, etc.), so they are able to leverage that knowledge into their semi-hollow guitars.
Derick, it completely exceeds my expectations. The tone and sustain are better than any guitar I've owned or played. I've been hanging onto my early 2000s Brian Moore, just so I had a decent electric guitar at hand. But now, I have little reservations about selling it. My plan has been a semi-hollow and a LP style solid body electric, so I'm half way there.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jul 25, 2018 11:25:19 GMT -5
Also, the seller didn't have the original Certificate of Authenticity, so he was unsure of when it was made. But he had a photo of the underside of the Duncan pickups, which had a date of 2015, so it was likely produced 2-3 years ago. I contacted Eastman, and they are going to confirm the date and mail me a new COA. The COA is helpful for resale (if I ever decide to sell it), although I knew it was fairly new, as they changed the hardware in this series about six years ago.
I must admit Anteriormente Pura Vida! , those pictures of your new semi-hollow have evoked some serious GAS in me. I've never seen a semi-hollow in that dark reddish brown finish with the white double binding and the goldish/brown dials. That whole look just works for me. Its probably one of the nicest looking semis I've seen. I've seen a natural coloured finish with black double binding, and that also look great.
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2018 22:20:33 GMT -5 by El Gull