FDP Home Page / FDP Forum / FAQ's

The FDP is made possible by the following companies and individual members like you.
Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.

Musician's Friend

Apex Tube Matching

Sweetwater

Amazon

Jensen Loudspeakers

Amplified Parts

Antique Electronics Supply

MOD KITS DIY

Guitar Center

Yellowjackets Tube Converters

WD Music


* God bless America and our men and women in uniform *

* Illegitimi non carborundum! *

If you benefit and learn from the FDP and enjoy our site, please help support us and become a Contributing Member or make a Donation today! The FDP counts on YOU to help keep the site going with an annual contribution. It's quick and easy with PayPal. Please do it TODAY!

Chris Greene, Host & Founder

LOST YOUR PASSWORD?

......................................................................

   
FDP Jam
Calendar
Find musicians
in your area!
  Search the Forums  

FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Just bought an Eastman!

Next 20 Messages  
Ragtop
Contributing Member
**********
****

The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 15th, 2016 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have played a couple of them, was impressed with both. But I've been looking for an all-mahogany smaller-than-dreadnought for a while now, and ran across a AC508M at a GC in Minnesota. It ticked all the boxes: mahogany, slot head, 14-fret, nice wood- so I bought it. It's about a Grand Auditorium size, I believe.

It wasn't that easy, as GC can be really hard to deal with. I know they are an FDP sponsor, but... they can be really hard to deal with. I tried to buy it twice, and they were unable to sell it to for various reasons. Today, I barked at them a bit and told them to knock $50 off the price, and they did. So I got a pretty good deal, I think, assuming the guitar is as promised.

I'll post a picture soon. Might have it by Saturday, or Monday for sure.

Anybody got an opinion on Eastman? I expect to be pleasantly surprised. I hope.

Viera
Contributing Member
**********
****

Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Sep 15th, 2016 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Eastmans are excellent guitars IMHO. I had a E10P for a couple of years and I've played several others including their 335 knockoff. IIRC they're an American owned firm that contracted with a very experienced Chinese builder of stringed instruments. They didn't just go over there and open up a new factory. The people they used already knew what they were doing.

Enjoy your AC508M!

Ragtop
Contributing Member
**********
****

The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 16th, 2016 04:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Viera. An E10P SB was my second choice, was eyeing one on eBay.

You read nothing but good reviews about them.

SandBagger
Contributing Member
**********
*

Texas

Enjoy Every Popsicle
Sep 16th, 2016 05:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

gr8guns bought an Eastman a few years ago. He was happy with it at first.

Just curious, was a warranty or any guarantee discussed or mentioned?

I sincerely hope you have no issues with your guitar.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Sep 16th, 2016 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I saw but didn't try some of their high-end archtops at Southpaw Guitars and a Rockin' Robin. I did try some of their more affordable acoustics at Music & Arts, and was very impressed. M&A also had the ES335 copy but my wife was itching to leave (and correctly doesn't think I need another guitar).

Ragtop
Contributing Member
**********
****

The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 16th, 2016 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

SB, one good thing about GC is their return policy. You get 45 days to return it.

It is being delivered to the local store, and I'll probably open it there and play for a while. If it's not as advertised, I'll get my refund right there and go buy the little parlor I mentioned in post #3.

I have bought GC Used before, and they always showed up dusty and dirty and with prehistoric strings on them. I expect no different this time, but I kind of like bringing a neglected guitar back to life.

But thanks for the good thought- I hope so too.

Ragtop
Contributing Member
**********
****

The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 16th, 2016 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Finally got a photo to upload. Sorry it's sideways, my photo editor didn't want to rotate it for some reason.

Eastman AC508M

SandBagger
Contributing Member
**********
*

Texas

Enjoy Every Popsicle
Sep 16th, 2016 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Found it. It was indeed gr8guns. If you search his user name and the word "EASTMAN" in the thread title section, you will see he actually has started 8 different threads on Eastman guitars. Mostly good things to say about them.


I thought jimmysee bought one about a year ago, but I couldn't locate the thread.



2007 thread

SandBagger
Contributing Member
**********
*

Texas

Enjoy Every Popsicle
Sep 16th, 2016 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gorgeous body, but what really does it for me is the slotted headstock.

Just oozes class!

Viera
Contributing Member
**********
****

Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Sep 16th, 2016 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice! It does have that classy thing going.

I fight that sideways photo thing sometimes when posting in Craigslist. Usually if I go to "Paint", do a save as and then rotate the photo sideways it then comes in as expected. Don't know what the cause is.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Sep 16th, 2016 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a good looking guitar! Hope that it scratches yer itch.

SandBagger
Contributing Member
**********
*

Texas

Enjoy Every Popsicle
Sep 16th, 2016 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now you just need to go online and find a place that makes/sells custom made pick guards.



Ragtop
Contributing Member
**********
****

The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 17th, 2016 04:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ya think, SB?

Should I go with black or tortoise? Martin style or just that tear drop?




**the anti-pickguard faction should be responding shortly!**

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Sep 17th, 2016 05:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pretty guitar, don't spoil it...

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Sep 17th, 2016 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang, that is some of the flamiest mahogany I've seen in a *long* time. Congrats!

urby
Contributing Member
*********

Seattle, Wa

Not quite my tempo
Sep 21st, 2016 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought slot-heads joined the body at the 12th fret?

Viera
Contributing Member
**********
****

Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Sep 21st, 2016 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ Nope. Slotted headstock simply refers to the style of headstock. It has nothing to do with where the body joins the fret board. That said, you're more likely to find a slotted headstock on a 12 fret acoustic than on a 14 fretter.

JimmySee
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
**********

Back in the old

neighborhood.
Sep 25th, 2016 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought one but sold it -- just wasn't playing it -- so when we relocated from SoCal, it was in my sell pile.



kego
Contributing Member
**********
**********

Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Sep 26th, 2016 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've played several of their higher end models and have been *very* impressed with the craftsmanship. They make some fantastic guitars.

That's a purdy one ya got there!

Ragtop
Contributing Member
**********
****

The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 27th, 2016 04:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It is purdy! Plays nice too, sounds just like it should- punchy and woody.

My only complaint is the gloss neck, would have preferred satin. But I read that Eastman uses gloss on all their higher-end guitars.

I put a set of Elixir lights on it. Meant to buy the nanos but grabbed the polys instead. Haven't used polys in years, but they really sound good!

Next 20 Messages  

FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Just bought an Eastman!




Reply to this Topic
Display my email address             Lost your password?
Your Message:
Link Address (URL):
Link Title:




Moderators: Chris Greene  Iron Man  reverendrob  

FDP, LLC Privacy Policy: Your real name, username, and email
are held in confidence and not disclosed to any third parties, sold, or
used for anything other than FDP Forum registration unless you specifically authorize disclosure.

Furtkamp.com 
Internet Application Development

Copyright © 1999-2017 Fender Discussion Page, LLC   All Rights Reserved