We've been talking about Eastman Adi dreads (E20D and E40D), but they make a nice assortment of body sizes with different spruce top (Sitka, Adirondack, Englemann) and body wood combinations. I'm really impressed with what I've read and heard about the "00" Eastman guitars, which I think will appeal to Derick and others.
Here's a video comparing two smaller body guitars: the "00" and parlor size. Wow! Did he say that the Adi wood is 20 years old? I may need to ask around about that.
Pura Vida, yes I like Eastman Guitars. The E10 OO at £1,149 and the E20 OM at £1,329. Both lovely guitars, but the wife has just informed me that I am not in the market for a new guitar, I wonder how she knows. 😁
I listened, and frankly they both sound great! I would probably have to hear them in person to decide, as in the video they do not sound different enough to have a strong preference. Thanks for the video!
Wow, I'm actually amazed by these 2 little beauties. Most 00 and especially parlor guitars sound like little cardboard boxes to my ears, but these two sound amazingly open, rich and full. I'm not a fan of the little guys, but I'd actually consider one of these, especially the OO.
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Post by Greg Ballantyne on Feb 11, 2017 14:11:06 GMT -5
I actually saw an Eastman in the shop in town. It was a small body guitar, about the size of a Seagull Grand, or perhaps slightly larger. I don't recall what model designation the tag had. It must have been a trade in, although it appeared quite new - there were no other Eastman guitars in there. I didn't have a pick on me, just was in for strings. I didn't play it, but it looked nice. Had a price of $1200 on it.
In order of appearance: Aria LW-20 Seagull Maritime HG Dread Seagull Natural Elements Cedar/Cherry Dread Taylor 418e Taylor 514ce LTD Trinity College TM-375 Irish Bouzouki
Checking their website, it appears that their smaller guitars are in line with their higher end dreads (both in terms of build, materials, and price). If you want to get sub-$1000, you'd have to pick one of their Grand Auditorium (GA) guitars. About half of them are under $1000, including several all-solid wood models.