Eastman AR580CE-BLU Spruce/Maple Archtop Electric #14850383  From Eastman

Thinking of going blue? Jump on in, the water's fine!

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$1,519.00

Retail:  $1,899.00

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What We Think

The AR580 is really one of the best deals in jazz guitar. Not only does it deliver everything a demanding jazz musician needs for a guitar that's going to deliver night after night, but it's also not afraid of being flamboyant! Patterned after the famous "blue guitar" Smithsonian exhibit instruments, this jazzbox has all the looks and soul of those instrumets without the comically large price tag. Plugged into a Henriksen JazzAmp, this thing also purrs! Great tone with a lot of room for shaping with the tone knob, no serious jazzer would be disappointed with this thing.

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

Carved Spruce top, laminated back and sides. Ebony bridge, tailpiece, pickguard and fretboard with vintage tone with superior midrange and volume. Classic Venetian 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: 14850383

Neck Material: 3 Piece Maple

Fingerboard: Ebony

Fingerboard Radius: 12"

Neck Profile: Traditional Even C

Nut: Bone 1 11/16"

1st Fret String Height: .022"

12th Fret String Height: Bass .078" & Treble .062"

Fretwire: 22 Medium Jumbo Jescar 47104

Scale Length: 25"

Body Style: Venetian

Body Dimensions: 16" x 2 9/16"

Body Top: Solid Spruce

Body Back/Sides: Laminated Flamed Maple

Truss Rod: Single Acting

Binding: Top 5 ply, Back 3 ply, Neck 1 ply, F holes 1 ply

Binding Material: Maple

Logo: Pearl Headstock

Inlay: Pearl Split Block

Finish: Nitrocellulose

Hardware Color: Gold

Pickguard: Ebony w/ Maple Binidng

Tailpiece: Ebony on Brass

Bridge: Adjustable Ebony Bridge

Tuners: Gotoh SG360-EN01GG (gold w/ebony buttons)

Knobs: Black Speed Knobs

Neck Pickup: Kent Armstrong HPAG-1

Pickup Height: 3/32"

Pickup Frame: Black Plastic

Capacitors: .047" Ohms

Potentiometers: 500k Linear Taper

Output Jack: Switchcraft 

Strings: D’Addario NYXL .012 - .052

Case: Hardshell Case

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Intro to Eastman Archtop Philosophy

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!