At this year’s Winter NAMM, Eastman presented an impressive amount of new instruments, including an acoustic gypsy jazz model, new guitars in the Solid Body and AC series, new E1 and E2 models and three Limited smaller-bodied guitars. Let’s take a look at these stunning new instruments.
Eastman DM1 Gypsy Jazz model
The DM1 is an acoustic gypsy jazz guitar with an oval soundhole (‘petite bouche’). With an Engelmann spruce top, rosewood back and sides and a maple neck with an ebony fingerboard, this guitar is sure to produce that typical crunchy gypsy jazz tone with plenty of volume. Like all Eastman guitars, this model combines stylish looks with excellent playability. The DM1 will be available from June 2018 and comes in a Natural finish and a darker Classic finish.
Eastman Solid Body models
The Eastman SB56/n-GD is one of the stunning new models in the SB series. It’s a singlecut electric with two Lollar Custom Aged Soap Bar P-90 pickups and a beautiful Gold Top Vintage Nitro finish. The body is mahogany with a solid carved maple top, while the mahogany neck has an ebony fretboard. The guitar features high-quality Gotoh hardware, 250K CTS pots and Sprague Orange Drop capacitors for a wonderful vintage vibe.
The Eastman SB57/n-BK is a super classy singlecut model with two Lollar Custom Aged/Wound Imperial Humbuckers. Like the SB56, this guitar has Gotoh hardware and Sprague Orange Drop capacitors. This model has 500K CTS pots and was finished in black with a Vintage Nitro top coat.
Both new SB models will be available from the summer of 2018.
Eastman AC models
The new Eastman AC122-1CE is an all solid electro-acoustic Grand Auditorium model. It features Fishman Sonitone electronics and comes with a padded Eastman gigbag. The top is made from solid Sitka spruce with a gloss nitrocellulose finish, while the back and sides are solid sapele with an open pore finish. The AC122-1CE has a mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard.
Also new in the AC series is the Eastman AC122-2CE, a Grand Auditorium model electro-acoustic with a body that’s entirely made of solid sapele. The neck is mahogany and the fingerboard is made of ebony, and this model also comes with a padded quality gigbag and Fishman Sonitone electronics. The sapele top has a gloss nitrocellulose finish, while the back and sides have an open pore finish.
The new Eastman AC222CE OV offers another choice in tone woods: this model has a solid Sitka spruce top and solid ovangkol back and sides. The top has a stylish gloss nitrocellulose finish, and there’s an open pore finish on the sides and back. Like the other new AC models, this Grand Auditorium guitar has Fishman Sonitone electronics and comes with a padded Eastman gigbag.
Eastman E1 Limited smaller body models
The Eastman E1P-LTD is one of three Limited guitar models with a smaller body style. This E1P is an electro-acoustic parlor model with a 24,9″ scale length and the neck joint at the 12th fret. It features a solid Adirondack spruce top, solid sapele back and sides, a mahogany neck and an ebony fingerboard. The guitar comes with Fishman Sonitone electronics and a padded gigbag. It’s a beautiful instrument with a dark stain, open pore Classic finish.
Next up is the Eastman E1 00-LTD, a 00 model electro-acoustic with Fishman Sonitone electronics and an all-solid body. It features a 24,9″ scale, an Adirondack spruce top, sapele back and sides and a mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard. This stylish instrument has a Natural open pore finish and an excellent padded gigbag is included in the price.
The Eastman E1 00SS-LTD has a slightly larger body, a darker Classic open pore finish and a 24,75″ scale length. This 00 model also has Fishman Sonitone electronics, a solid Adirondack spruce top and solid sapele back and sides. It comes with a gigbag as well.
Eastman E1 and E2 models
The Eastman E1D is a traditional dreadnought acoustic. A real workhorse, this instrument has a solid Sitka spruce top with a stylish gloss finish and solid sapele back and sides with an open pore finish. The neck is made from mahogany and there’s an ebony fretboard with 20 Jescar frets.
Another tone wood option comes in the form of the Eastman E2D, an acoustic dreadnought with an all-solid, all-sapele body. The top features a new, stylish gloss nitrocellulose finish while the back and sides have an open pore finish. The E2D has a mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard.
The new Eastman E1 OM is an Orchestra Model acoustic with a beautiful Traditional finish (gloss nitro on the top and open pore on the back and sides). It’s made from all-solid tone woods: the top is Sitka spruce and the back and sides are sapele. The E1 OM has a mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard and playability is excellent, as always.
There’s also the new Eastman E2 OM, which has a solid sapele top with a classy gloss nitro finish and solid sapele back and sides. This fine Orchestra Model guitar has an ebony fingerboard, a mahogany neck and a bone bridge saddle and top nut.