Eastman AR804CE SB 3294 Spruce/Maple Archtop Guitar - Used  From Eastman

16" oval hole archtop with cutway and a floating pickup Sunburst Finish

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What We Think

This is a fine jazz instrument, one that's most certainly seen it's share of playing - and still gets the job done wonderfully. Made with the same appointments as the AR800 series, the 804 has a suspended neck which delights the common jazzer. The Spruce top with Maple back and sides is a timeless tonewood combination sought after by archtop players of all tiers and talents and produces that classic crystal clear jazz tone we've become so accustomed to. This guitar is perfect for the gigging player who needs one to use out, or the casual player just looking for a jazz box for home. Snag this wonderful piece at a fraction of the price a new guitar would cost you!


Condition: Well Worn. The guitar is highly dimpled along its back and headstock. Has finish cracks along the top as well, but has been touched up and cleared by our in-house luthier and is in fine playing condition. See Pictures. 

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

Eastman Uptown professional archtop guitars are each carved entirely by hand. The solid maple back and sides and solid aged spruce top are complimented by a 3-piece maple neck with a solid ebony fingerboard. All Eastman guitars feature X-style bracing. Heavy-duty tuners, a classically designed tailpiece, and a J.W. Eastman fiberglass case all come standard. Available in several finishes.

Modeled after the classic oval-hole guitars of the 1920's, this 16" 6-string archtop is a truly elegant instrument. Whether you are playing Gypsy, jazz, blues, or country, the Uptown 800 delivers a sound like no other available today.

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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

Solid Spruce top

Solid Maple Back and Sides

Ebony Fingerboard, pickguard, bridge, and tailpiece

Ivoroid binding

Kent Armstrong Floating Humbucker

25" scale

3 1/4" body depth

16" lower bout

1 3/4" nut width

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!

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