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Eastman AR880CE-BD John Pisano Signature Archtop #14650357  From Eastman

All-Blonde Pisano Signature with crystalline tone!


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What We Think

Eastman really did an excellent job on the top of this archtop, it's rare you get an archtop with this much crispness and clarity while still retaining the understated and mellow cool the genre of guitar requires. Naturally, the guitar has amazing punchy acoustic tone with a nice high-end bite. This guitar would perform excellently in an acoustic setting, either in a swing ensemble or in an intimate no-mic gig. But it doesn't stop there, the Kent Armstrong pickup really gives you everything you want from a set pickup: a wide and delightful variety of jazz tones, from mellow to almost 335-like hot, all available with a roll of the tone knob. Classic ebony tailpiece and pickguard also add a nice level of stately aesthetic to this pro-level jazzbox.

Eastman AR680CE John Pisano Signature Archtop #13650301 Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure archtop specialist Michael Buckley tests out the Eastman AR680CE John Pisano Signature Archtop #13650301 with a Carr Amplifiers Rambler 28W 1x12 Combo Amp, a Telefunken Elektroakustik M60 FET Cardioid Microphone, and a Shure KSM313/NE Dual-Voice Ribbon Mic with Roswellite Rib

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

Designed by renowned guitarist John Pisano. Carved spruce top, carved maple back and sides with ebony bridge, tailpiece, pickguard & fingerboard. Custom Kent Armstrong humbucker pickup.

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.



Serial Number: 14650357

Body Dimensions: 16″ X 2 3/4″

Cutaway: Venetian

Top Wood: Solid Hand Carved Spruce

Back/Sides Wood: Hand Carved Maple

Body Binding: 7-ply Ivoroid/Black

Neck Woods: Maple

Fingerboard: Ebony

Nut Width: 1 3/4″

Scale Length: 25″

Frets: 20 Nickel – Silver

Pickguard: Ebony

Inlays: None

Pick-up: Mounted Kent Armstrong (Custom)

Controls: Volume & Tone

Bridge: Ebony Compensated, 2 3/32″ Spacing

Tailpiece: Ebony w/ Inlay Trapeze-style

Tuners: Schallers w/ Ebony Buttons

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

Available Finishes: Blonde, Classic, Sunburst

Case: Hardshell Included 

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