Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on May 1, 2017 2:42:59 GMT -5
Welcome, tbman . I'm familiar with you on the AGF. Glad to have you on this forum too! It's a much smaller group, which I personally enjoy because it's kinda like an extended family of musicians. The only places that I've seen with the E40OM were Ted @ LA Guitar Sales (where I got mine). Bernunzio Music (which I heard got the NAMM prototype), and the Acoustic Shoppe (who posted a video on YouTube).
Update: on Thursday, I swapped the strings for a fresh set of D'Addario PB lights (EJ16). The guitar was warming up nicely, but seemed just a little too flat... like it was missing that deep low end, as well as the high end shimmer. So, this evening, I swapped again for a set of Pearse 80/20s, and BOOM! The guitar leapt to life! High end, low end, growl, sparkle, volume, sustain, overtones... I'm officially in love. ❤️😎🎼
Edit: additional points about the E40OM availability. I'm sure Ted will try to get another one in stock, but it may take a while. I'm surprised that SoundPure doesn't have one yet. And finally, if you can't find the E40OM, check out the E20OM, which is the same configuration, but without the bling (think 000-42 vs 000-28 on a Martin).
Anteriormente Pura Vida!, Really pleased you got the guitar sorted, it's absolutely amazing what a difference the make of strings can make. When you get a new guitar I think you have to try a few different makes, until you find the ones for your guitar. Happy playing.
Anteriormente Pura Vida! , Really pleased you got the guitar sorted, it's absolutely amazing what a difference the make of strings can make. When you get a new guitar I think you have to try a few different makes, until you find the ones for your guitar. Happy playing.
If a guitar doesn't sound good with my beloved Elixers on it, I sell it.
There can only be one.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
I'll use what ever string it takes to get the best out of my guitars. I think different guitars, like different strings. I wish all guitars would sound at there best with Elixir Nanowebs, as I do like these strings, but alas this is not the case.
Nice!!! Eastman produces incredible workmanship and uses stunning materials on their high-end guitars. And by high-end, we're still talking about a fraction of the cost of a similar a Martin. Congratulations!!
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on May 9, 2017 21:26:17 GMT -5
Thanks, Jud. I'm extremely pleased with both of these guitars. The E40D has begun to break in nicely, so I'm sure that the OM is only a couple months behind. That being said, if they sound this good now, I can only imagine what they'll sound like in a few years, when the Adi tops hit their stride.
And I completely agree about the workmanship and materials they're using on their top-end guitars (particularly the "40" series). They're hand-setting the abalone and saving their best wood for these models.
They're having an Eastman event locally in about two weeks (probably similar to what they did at SoundPure near you), so I plan to check it out.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on May 24, 2017 22:40:32 GMT -5
As mentioned in another thread, last weekend, I attended an Eastman roadshow event. The event was hosted by an Eastman rep, who was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of my questions (and I had a LOT of questions). I explained that I am completely bought into the brand, including the quality and methods they're using to build these amazing guitars. So much so, that I bought two of their "40" series guitars.
Him: You own two "40" series guitars? Me: Yeah. I have an E40D that I love. And I just got an E40OM a few weeks ago. Him: Where did you get an E40OM? Me: Ted @ LA Guitar Sales. Him: Oh! That makes sense. We only made two of them, so far... one was from the NAMM show, and he got the other one. In fact, I played your guitar in Pomona (Eastman's US HQ in So Cal), while it was going through its final QC inspection before moving on to the retail store for sale. Me: (jaw dropped) So, you've only made two of these guitars, and I have one of them? Him: Yes, you have the only one outside of the NAMM model.
More information: he also told me that they have 150-200 employees building their stringed instruments. The majority have been with the company for over 15 years. For the "40" series, they are truly custom shop level of workmanship, and they tap tune the wood --- a lifelong skill, something that only two of their employees can do, both of whom have worked for Eastman for 25 years (since the beginning).
I realize that it's not as prestigious as a Martin custom shop, but Eastman is really China's premiere boutique builder. He also confirmed what I've heard in terms of volume. They make ~10k stringed instruments per year, and the acoustic cut is probably about 4k. So, that's only a dozen guitars per day, using all hand tools. In fact, they just got an engraver to make their logos... previously, all guitar headstock logos were hand-carved with a jigsaw.