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2011 Eastman AR-810CE Seven String

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Serial#: 8429

Body size at lower bout: 17" Body Depth: 3 1/4" Scale length: 25" Nut: 2"

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; handcarved AAA tiger flame handcarved maple back and sides with Venetian cutaway; 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 and finger rest; gold 16X1 tuners; compensated adjustable ebony bridge; floating Armstrong Handmade humbucking pickup with thumbwheel volume and tone control, endpin jack.

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 example is a rare seven string example of Eastman's most popular model, featuring a finely graduated solid bookmatched carved solid spruce soundboard, with body of of extravagant tiger flame maple, bookmatched in a dramatic chevron pattern. The guitar is in great shape, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and apart from a few superficial lacquer dings, shows few signs of playwear. Lightweight and resonant, the top is finely carved and produces a notably lively acoustic voice, with exceptional volume and clarity. The neck profile is comfortably tailored to the palm in a gently flattened D profile.

A special upgrade is the genuine Kent Armstrong USA Smoothtop Humbucker, individually handmade in Kent's Vermont workshop, mounted with both volume and tone controls. Finally, the Eastman contour molded plush lined fiberglass case is highly impact resistant, yet little heavier that many gig bags. 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 handcarved jazz guitar.

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 5/64" to 6/64" 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 Eastman contour molded plush lined fiberglass hardshell case.







































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