Eastman AR371CE SB Archtop #10745712  From Eastman

A classic sunburst archtop with Florentine cutaway from Eastman!

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What We Think

This is an excellent instrument for the gigging jazz guitarist. If you've ever played an archtop in a loud room or with a large ensemble, you've probably had problems with feedback at some point during a performance. The acoustic resonance of the instrument is what gives many archtops their airy, full sound--but it is also what gives most archtops the tendency to feedback, especially at higher volumes. Laminate instruments lack the acoustic properties of solid-wood guitars, but perform better in higher-volume situations--and this AR371 is a perfect example of this. The sound from the mounted humbucker is round and warm, and at low volumes combines with the acoustic sound of the guitar in a very natural way. When turned up, the sound remains warm and detailed, and can even push a low-wattage tube amp a little if so desired. The sound is reminiscent of many classic records from the 1950's and (under the right circumstances) the sparkle and grit of the pickup through the right amp can be the perfect halo for this guitar's naturally woody tone. 

 

The AR371's vintage look is sure to be a favorite with old-school jazz heads, but the versatility of an instrument like this makes it appealing for a wide variety of musical applications. This model has been highly anticipated by Sound Pure's staff and customers alike, so don't hesitate to call!

 

 

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

Laminated maple top, back and sides. Rosewood bridge, tailpiece, pickguard and fretboard with vintage tone with superior midrange and volume. Classic Florentine cutaway, mounted humbucking pickup design.

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About Manufacturer

Eastman Strings began in 1992, but its roots date back centuries to the violin and bow makers of the 1800s. By this time, violin and string instrument builders had streamlined their process enough by hiring specialized woodworkers who would assist them in the most time consuming tasks that there were plenty of quality, affordable handmade instruments. During World War II, many of the premier instrument makers had their towns and workshops destroyed, and some were even killed in the violence. Traditions that had been handed down for centuries from master instrument makers were all but lost, and the process of building by hand was replaced by large-scale manufacturing. After the war, the majority of instrument production had been mechanized, and in order for musicians to find decent instruments they would have to save enormous amounts of money for older, handmade instruments. Eastman Strings is returning to the traditions of the great string instrument builders of the past, and is bringing handmade instruments to musicians around the world at affordable prices. 

Eastman Guitars are fine handmade instruments at very reasonable prices. Their archtops and flat tops are made with solid, hand-carved tops, backs, and sides. They offer many of the traditional archtop styles in their Uptown series with options of different woods, dimensions, and pickups. The Thinline series, the El Rey and the Jon Pisano signature line offer some great alternatives, and feature the same kinds of customizable options. Eastman Uptown Deluxe series archtops are custom shop pieces with select AAA grade tone woods, wood binding with inlaid purfilng, and five piece necks.

For the flat top player, Eastman offers many different options in grand concert, orchestra model, grand auditorium, mini jumbo, dreadnought, and jumbo shapes. With these there are many different configurations of Sitka, Adirondack, and Englemann Spruce tops, as well as Mahogany, Rosewood, and Maple back and sides.  Between all of these quality handmade instruments we are confident that there is an Eastman guitar out there for any discerning musician. We also carry Eastman mandolins! 

With so many options, and with such reasonable pricing, it is no secret why we love Eastman guitars here at Sound Pure. We carry one of the largest inventories of Eastman guitars in the US. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable on the entire Eastman line. If you cannot find the Eastman guitar you are looking for in our vast inventory, we are happy to assist in a special order.

 

Specifications

Serial Number: 10745712

Body Dimensions: 16″ X 3 9/32″

Cutaway: Florentine

Top Wood: Laminated Maple, Parallel Braced

Back/Sides Wood: Laminated Maple

Body Binding: Ivoroid 5-ply top 3 ply back

Neck Woods: 3 piece maple

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Nut Width: 1 3/4″

Scale Length: 24 3/4″

Frets: 20 Dunlop 6130

Pickguard: Bound Plastic

Inlays: Split Block Inlay

Pick-up: Single Mounted Humbucking

Controls: Volume & Tone

Bridge: Rosewood compensated, 2 3/32″ Spacing

Tailpiece: Vintage style

Tuners: Vintage Tuners

Strings: Cleartone .012-.052 Roundwound

Available Finishes: Sunburst

Case: Hardshell Included

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Premium tonewoods and the time honored process of meticulous hand craftsmanship form a harmonious relationship that has established Eastman as a major force in the world of archtop guitars. Today Eastman offers the widest selection of classic and contemporary archtop guitars in the industry. Most often associated with jazz, Eastman archtops are frequently used in many other styles of music due to their beautiful sound, range and finish. In this video we discuss the founding and the foundation of the flagship line from Eastman Guitars: Archtops. Mark Herring from Eastman Guitars joins us in the studio for an in-depth lesson on how Eastman got started in making some of the best archtop guitars on the market. If you like what you hear, you can check out this gear at SoundPure.com or give us a call anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!

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