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  1. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    I have always imagined that Paul would, one day, retire to a home workshop where he would spend his golden years chasing after grand-babies and hand-carving archtops; what I regard as the ultimate expression of the guitar. Until then, I suppose this will have to do.

    It belonged to a well-known jazz player in my home-town. He passed in 2017 and his widow is selling some of his gear through a trusted friend.

    2004 Eastman AR810CE

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  2. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    I'm an old Guild archtop guy, have been for years. Although they vary insanely in quality, the good ones are fantastic. No Chinese for me, thank you. It is a very beautiful archtop nonetheless.
     
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  3. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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  4. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    I feel the same about guitars. In truth, its my only issue with this one. I’ve turned my nose up to Eastman’s for years. Same reason I don’t own an SE amp.

    Alas, my house is filled with stuff made in China and I despise hypocrisy.
     
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  5. Deli6505

    Deli6505 Rockin' the D!

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    Although the MT15 is made in China, it's very easy for me to let that one slide when i hear the awesome tones I get from it.
     
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    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Looks sweet!
     
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  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Nice!

    I’ve been thinking I should get a traditional archtop one of these days.
     
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    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    The case is especially nice.
     
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  9. Huggy B

    Huggy B Your Kung Fu is not good enough!!

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    I feel that way about most goods from China, instruments, fishing gear, everyday items too, but Eastman is a beacon of quality in a sea of sweatshop trash. They've been making classical instruments for a very long time and recently expanded into guitars. Finding archtops as their strength from the years of making top quality cellos.

    Being a jazz head, I've played a few, and with the exception of a couple lower end models, I was more than impressed with the quality, playability, and sound. They actually are highly regarded in jazz guitar society.
     
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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    veinbuster Freeze zone

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  12. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I’m not an expert on archtops, far from it.

    Other than the pickups, what’s so different?

    Here’s a clip, sounds jazzy to me.

     
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  14. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    Ok, you got me. I thought you were serious. Too distracted by airport security I guess.
     
  15. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Now that you mention it, I use an SE 2 Channel 20, made in China, as an open mike house amp, so I’m a hypocrite also. I don’t know their availability in Germany, but I gigged a Guild Dearmond X 135 for years that was made in Korea. I sold it to stay afloat after the divorce, and really wish I hadn’t. You may want to look at Peerless arch tops as well.
     
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  16. walrus

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    Beautiful Eastman! And +1 on Guild archtops, I've had a few!
     
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    Eastman's are nice instruments, regardless of where they're made. Every one I've picked up has been top-notch.
     
  18. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    That PS Archtop sounds fantastic.

    They really do a good job of bridging the gap between a 'semi-hollow electric' and an 'electrified acoustic' archtop. I love that there is no block between the hard-mounted bridge and the back. I wonder how it would sound with a floating bridge pickup mounted to an floating/elevated fretboard and no knobs or switches mounted on the top (so it can really vibrate).

    I'd love to give one a spin.
     
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  19. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Player

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    Grown up guitar.
     
  20. archey

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    I played a retromatic the other day. Nice guitar for what it is.
     

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