Premium tonewoods and meticulous craftsmanship form a harmonious relationship that made Eastman’s name in the Jazz guitar world. The choice of tonewoods and the time honored processes followed to craft these guitars create an organically acoustic tone that is seldom matched. Chords are full and complex while single notes are crisp and well defined.
Once considered to primarily be a jazz guitar, the elegant and timeless archtop has since crossed over into many genres and playing styles. How will you use yours? The possibilties are endless.
Fans of traditional or modern jazz will feel right at home with our handcrafted take on archtop guitars. We’ve brought classic designs to life and into the hands of legendary players like John Pisano and Frank Vignola. Bop through the Real Book, chunk out rhythms behind the band, and bask in tonal warmth.
If you’re looking to serve up smooth jazz tones with a side of funky soul, Eastman’s modern archtop designs are right up your alley.
Equipped with a Bigsby and TV Jones pickups, models like the T58/v will be right at home on the rock ‘n’ roll stage and the bandstand.
Everyone has their own version of too hot, too cold, and just right. Eastman offers three different construction options with three different sounds and functionalities.
To be great is to be misunderstood. We’re true believers in the de-stigmatization of laminate guitars. The tightly compressed laminate woods dampen down overtones created by solid woods, and lend themselves to perfect tone production in louder environments. Durability and versatility make Eastman laminated archtops idea for the player looking to take a more modern approach to their rig.
As far as great combinations go, it doesn’t get much better than the pairing of increased acoustic sustain and tight, focused, amplified sound that the solid wood top and laminate back & sides make possible.
More wood, more sound. Our solid wood archtops create a deep resonance and inviting warmth that makes them irresistible to jazzers of all backgrounds and styles.
Just like your go-to pair of jeans or t-shirt, fit and comfort are paramount when considering what body size best suits you. Once you’ve figured that out, playing environment and tonal needs are also important parts of the equation.
Sometimes, bigger can certainly be better. 16” and 17” guitars provide a larger spectrum of overtones that create a fuller acoustic tone. Larger archtop guitars can run into feedback issues at louder electric volumes, but shine in quieter, more controlled volume settings.
Are playing comfortability, light weight, and focused sound your priorities? Models like the AR603CE-15 have smaller bodies, but no shortage of tone.