Eastman AR680 John Pisano Signature Mahogany sn 8111 Archtop  From Eastman

Hand Carved Solid Spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides!


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What We Think

The Jon Pisano series from Eastman are some of the most natural, organic feeling instruments we come across, and this piece is one of the best I've seen from them. This guitar has the ability to put you completely at ease in a way that really opens you up for your most inspired playing. Jon Pisano really nailed it with this design, and the addition of mahogany back and sides adds a nice warmth and a colorful woody character. 

This neck offers effortless execution of single line passages, but I often find myself slowly sweeping through a thick chord voicing and listening for the cascade of overtones and tonal character. This is not one of those instruments that forces you to play a certain way, it is more like a tool that feels like an extension of yourself. If you've been playing archtops for a while but haven't found one that has that certain something you connect with right away, I highly recommend this Jon Pisano-- it could be exactly what you are looking for!

Eastman AR680 Archtop Guitar #8111 Demo

John Pisano's signature model archtop guitar from Eastman, the Eastman AR680 is a gorgeous Mahogany archtop guitar. This 680 from Eastman Strings features a Kent Armstrong Pick and Schaller tuners with Ebony appointments. Contact the experts in SoundPure's guitar boutique for more information about this fantastic instrument.

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

World renowned jazz guitarist John Pisano personally designed his signature model from top to bottom, with all the features he ever wanted in a guitar. Crafted entirely by hand, it features the finest available wood and fittings. John collaborated with noted pickup designer Kent Armstrong to design a humbucking pickup that covers the complete tonal spectrum, and makes this guitar sound as good plugged in as it does acoustically.


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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.




BODY STYLE:  F Hole Archtop w/ set P.U.

BODY DIMENSIONS:  16" X 2 3/4"

CUTAWAY:  Venetian

TOP WOOD:  Solid Hand Carved Spruce

BRACING:          Solid Spruce X Pattern

BACK/SIDES WOOD:  Solid Hand-Carved Mahogany

BODY BINDING:     5-ply figured maple


NECK WOODS:       Mahogany

CONSTRUCTION:     Dovetail Neckjoint


NUT WIDTH:        1 3/4"


FRETS:            22 Nickel - Silver

PICKGUARD:        Rosewood

OUTPUT JACK:      Side-mounted

BRIDGES/SADDLE:   Rosewood compensated

TAILPIECE:        Rosewood w/ frog inlay

TUNERS:           Schallers w/ Ebony Buttons

STRINGS:  D'Addario EJ21

FINISH:      Classic


Hardshell case included!


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