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Ragtop

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Sep 15th, 2016 04:57 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> I'll post a picture soon. Might have it by Saturday, or Monday for sure.<br /> <br /> Anybody got an opinion on Eastman? I expect to be pleasantly surprised. I hope.



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Sep 15th, 2016 07:09 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> Enjoy your AC508M!



Ragtop

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Sep 16th, 2016 04:31 AM        

Thanks, Viera. An E10P SB was my second choice, was eyeing one on eBay.<br /> <br /> You read nothing but good reviews about them.



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Sep 16th, 2016 05:29 AM        

gr8guns bought an Eastman a few years ago. He was happy with it at first.<br /> <br /> Just curious, was a warranty or any guarantee discussed or mentioned?<br /> <br /> I sincerely hope you have no issues with your guitar.



Tony Salieri



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Sep 16th, 2016 06:13 AM        

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

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Sep 16th, 2016 06:54 AM        

SB, one good thing about GC is their return policy. You get 45 days to return it.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> But thanks for the good thought- I hope so too.



Ragtop

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Sep 16th, 2016 07:06 AM        

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



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Sep 16th, 2016 07:07 AM        

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



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Sep 16th, 2016 07:09 AM        

Gorgeous body, but what really does it for me is the slotted headstock.<br /> <br /> Just oozes class!



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Sep 16th, 2016 08:07 AM        

Very nice! It does have that classy thing going.<br /> <br /> 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



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Sep 16th, 2016 04:48 PM        

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



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Sep 16th, 2016 08:07 PM        

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



Ragtop

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Sep 17th, 2016 04:41 AM        

Ya think, SB?<br /> <br /> Should I go with black or tortoise? Martin style or just that tear drop?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> **the anti-pickguard faction should be responding shortly!**



twangdoodles



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Sep 17th, 2016 05:14 AM        

Pretty guitar, don't spoil it...



Te 52



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Sep 17th, 2016 05:01 PM        

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



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Sep 21st, 2016 07:59 PM        

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



Viera

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Sep 21st, 2016 08:19 PM        

^ 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.



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Sep 25th, 2016 11:57 AM        

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



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Sep 26th, 2016 10:11 PM        

I've played several of their higher end models and have been *very* impressed with the craftsmanship. They make some fantastic guitars.<br /> <br /> That's a purdy one ya got there!



Ragtop

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Sep 27th, 2016 04:27 AM        

It is purdy! Plays nice too, sounds just like it should- punchy and woody.<br /> <br /> My only complaint is the gloss neck, would have preferred satin. But I read that Eastman uses gloss on all their higher-end guitars.<br /> <br /> 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!



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