Eastman AR610E Spruce/Mahogany Archtop #14650022  From Eastman

A non-cutaway version of Eastman's popular AR610 outfitted with a BARBERA SOLOIST PICKUP!   

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Condition: Used, Very Good

Two latches on the case are damaged, the guitar itself is in great shape with only a thin scratch in the finish on the back of the guitar (pictured).

This Sound Pure exclusive must be heard to be believed

We first got acquainted with Barbera Soloist saddle transducers by way of the brilliant NC luthier, John Buscarino. The Barbera soloist IS the saddle, that's the secret. We had in a Buscarino archtop with one of these babies in it and it sounded good no matter what we plugged it through (tube or solid-state). Moreover, the tone coming out the speaker was distinctly more "acoustic" than we'd ever heard a plugged-in archtop sound, this got us thinking. . .

Eventually, one of our clients (a local musician) came in frustrated with his live archtop tone. He played in a traditional jazz band and couldn't get the pure, woody tone he wanted at standing room values, we pitched in an all-solid, "acoustic" Eastman archtop with a Barbera soloist installed. He was blown away with the results and so were we. We immediately contacted Barbera to get some more soloists. 

For those of us who love that crisp, old-time archtop tone, there is nothing better than this! 

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

Carved Spruce top, solid carved mahogany back and sides with Rosewood bridge, tailpiece, pickguard and fretboard. Vintage tone with superior midrange and volume. Classic Non-cutaway.

Committed to a high standard of quality, Eastman Guitars use of premium tonewoods and fine appointments, alongside the talent and accomplishment of its designers, craftsmen, and company philosophy continues one of the most fascinating musical traditions the world has known.

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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: 14650022

Body Dimensions: 17" X 3-1/8" 

Top Wood: Solid Hand Carved Spruce

Back/Sides Wood: Solid Carved Mahogany

Body Binding: 3-ply Ivoroid/Black

Neck Woods: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Nut Width: 1 3/4″

Scale Length: 25″

Frets: 22-Jescar FW47104-P

Inlays: None

Bridge: Rosewood compensated, 2-3/32 Spacing

Tailpiece: Gold & Rosewood Trapeze-style

Tuners: Jinho RM1271GVR 3+3

Strings: D’Addario EJ21 .012-.052 Roundwound

Available Finishes: Classic 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!