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2006 Eastman AR-805CE
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Body size at lower bout: 16"" Body Depth: 3 1/4" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut: 1 3/4"
Finish: Violin finish, nitrocellulose type
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; solid handcarved figured maple back and sides; 3 piece tiger flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; ebony truss rod cover; 7-ply body binding; 5-ply neck and peghead binding; triple bound f-holes; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Solid ebony tailpiece, bridge, and finger rest; gold Gotoh 16X1 tuners; Bartolini 5J floating humbucking pickup with thumbwheel volume and tone controls under finger rest.
Notes: All solid. All carved. Hand built, one at a time, with remarkable high-figure tonewoods. Eastman archtop guitars are individually crafted by violin-trained luthiers, without shortcuts, the old-fashioned way. And they share the appointments of the costliest high-end guitars. Solid ebony finger rest, tailpiece and fingerboard like a Benedetto. An X-braced top and 1 3/4" nut, like a Johnny Smith. Even triple bound f-holes, like the Super 400. All at a price point previously dominated by factory plywood boxes.
This guitar is constructed of exceptionally intense tiger flame maple, which is bookmatched in a dramatic chevron pattern along the centerseam. With its comfy 16" body, the guitar is lightweight and resonant, with a finely carved soundboard of solid bookmatched quartersawn spruce. And the gentle D neck profile is comfortably tailored to the palm, with smooth low action on a fresh high precision setup over a solid ebony 1 3/4" fingerboard. An upgrade includes the US made Bartolini 5J floating humbucking pickup, for warm, faithful amplification.
Carefully maintained, the instrument is without pick, buckle, thumb or fretwear, and has 100% original finish and hardware. Apart from some scattered lacquer nicks the guitar shows few signs of play altogether. Finally, the Eastman contour molded plush lined fiberglass case is highly impact resistant, yet little heavier that many gig bags, making for an easy load-in to and from the gig.
With a combination of workmanship, materials and design unheard of in its price range, Eastman has raised the bar for quality, performance and value in a true handmade jazz guitar. One only: call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.
Case: Original black contour-molded fiberglass hardshell case.