So I’ve mentioned that I been rather interested in Eastman guitars after hearing so many people talk about their quality. Never seen one in the wilds around here and never been able to actually play one, but I’ve listened to lots of videos with them—mostly the Adi/Hog versions, since that’s what I’m most interested in at the moment. For price reasons, I was looking more at used models than new ones. On a couple sites, I even put myself on watch lists so I could find specific guitars again.
That was my mistake. About half a year ago, I’d put an Eastman E10D on my watch list on Reverb.com, a 2018 demo model that looked pristine, in great shape, and with the original OHSC. The other day, I received an email telling me that the E10D on my watch list had been put on sale—$120 off the asking price. I went back and looked at it again and felt the GAS kicking in hard. Watched more E10D videos and comparisons. Sent a message to the seller requesting for more information; he said his tech had checked it out and it looked brand new despite having hung the store for some months. Still felt the GAS. Talked to Denise, saying hey, how about one guitar in, one guitar out? If I get this Eastman, I’ll put the Guild OM-140CE up for sale (Sitka Spruce/Hog). She hesitated, giving me a sidewise glance, and finally said OK.
So I went ahead and pulled the trigger. It’s on its way from Blues Angel Music in Pensacola and should be here tomorrow. FWIW, here’s front and back pictures from Reverb’s site. I like the stripy appearance of the Adi top, and the mahogany on the back looks gorgeous. I’ll put up my own pics of the guitar after it arrives, and let you know how it sounds…
Fingers and toes crossed that I haven't been foolish!
Last Edit: Mar 19, 2019 21:37:51 GMT -5 by Deleted
Well congratulations on the soon to be new guitar, and what a great choice. Only heard good things about Eastman Guitars. The stripey front of the guitar looks great. Hope all works out fine, I don't like waiting. 😀
It's a brave new world, ....either that or I'm just a bit OCD. lol. I just cannot buy certain things before I actually try them out like cars, guitars, clothes, shoes etc.
Good luck @sleigh ,! I hope she's everything you're expecting and more!
TonyKgull , I totally understand the concept of not buying an instrument before you try it... if I could walk into the local Sam Ash or Guitar Center and they had every brand and model there on display for me, with a good array of used and new ones, that's exactly how I'd do it too.
But I think about the guitars I currently have that I would never have been able to own if I'd followed that precept. I'd seen and played Seagulls before, but the local stores only carried the S6 models; I bought my Artist Studio from eBay as a used instrument and couldn't be happier with it. If I had to Try Before I Buy, I wouldn't have FloridaGull 's lovely Guild F212 twelve string, which is the other staple of my solo gigs along with the Artist Studio. And, of course, I'd never have bought an Eastman -- it remains to be seen how that turns out.
(Steve knocks on the nearest piece of wood, which happens to be his head) Thus far, I've had good luck buying stuff online untouched and unseen except for pictures. But yah gotta do your research beforehand, pick carefully, and know what the return policies are... and be comfortable with knowing that there's a (hopefully small) chance you might get burned.
This is, BTW, the first time I've bought an acoustic that's purely acoustic: no electronics. I'm thinking of it as my 'couch' guitar and music circle guitar, not necessarily an on-stage guitar. But hey, after-market pickups or a good mic are always a possibility, right?
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@sleigh, good option going the aftermarket electronics route. There are loads of options out there, some of which are quite unobtrusive and minimalistic (K&K pure mini), and some of which are stage ready control beasts (LR Baggs Anthem Stagepro). So whether you choose to take a saw and drill to your new Eastman or not, you should find the right one for you.
Update: at 7:00 PM today, FedEx suddenly decided that the Eastman wasn't going to be delivered today. I suspected that was going to happen this morning, when the tracking history said that the guitar had arrived in Ellenwood, GA (south of Atlanta) at 6:04 AM on Tuesday, but didn't have it leaving Ellenwood until 8:09 AM this morning. Right now, it's supposedly in Erlanger, KY across the river from Cincinnati. It's not the shipper's fault, of course, but FedEx's...
Grrrrr.... I hate having to wait another day. Don't know when (or if) it'll show up tomorrow. Derick or TonyKgull , please feel free to point out that if you buy the guitar in a store, you get to take it home with you immediately. Yep. That's a definite advantage.
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Sleigh, my experience with on-line purchases has been the same as yours, I've never (knock wood) been burned either, in fact, the instruments have been more than I have expected. My Art and Lutherie, my Simon and Patrick, my Alhambra (you NEVER see an Alhambra in a shop,) and all of my mandolins (no shop around me carries ANY mandolins) have all been purchased untouched by me pre-purchase. Of course, I never shake the Christmas gifts under the tree, and never hunted for them when I was a kid, so I guess waiting may be easier for me than some people (as I gently yank on Sleigh's chain.) Part of it may also be that even when new instruments arrive, I frequently have to wait days to try them due to work obligations. Now THAT is hard - new instrument in the house, and no time to try it!
I guess waiting may be easier for me than some people (as I gently yank on Sleigh's chain.) Part of it may also be that even when new instruments arrive, I frequently have to wait days to try them due to work obligations. Now THAT is hard - new instrument in the house, and no time to try it!
@sleigh , said, "But yah gotta do your research beforehand, pick carefully, and know what the return policies are... and be comfortable with knowing that there's a (hopefully small) chance you might get burned."
I totally agree with this and to be fair, I have ordered a couple of guitars; not "online" but from my guitar store but still sight unseen and unplayed. But, ya, I knew the return policy, even made a deal for returning it for full refund even if I just didn't like it. Aaaaaaaand, I had played many guitars of the brands so I sort of knew for the most part what was coming.
But still, that OCD thing kicks in hard for me. It could also be that the desire for something doesn't really start to happen for me until the thing is actually in my hands and it starts actually speaking or singing to me. That could be a big part of it too.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Sorry the guitar has not arrived today, I know how you must feel. Many years ago I bought a brand-new mandolin on line, and it took ages to arrive. When it finally arrived it was all I expected, but the wait has put me off buying a guitar on line. When I was a kid, I used to shake my present that were under the tree, and search for my other presents, I want it and I want it now sort of kid, and still the same now. 😀