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Eastman AR880CE-SB John Pisano Sig. Archtop #13750056 - Used  From Eastman

Fast-playing maple back and sides professional archtop in a beautiful sunburst!

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What We Think

Condition: Used, Excellent

We usually have several of these Pisano signature models in a time and this one plays better than any one in the shop. There's not a chord you can throw at this guitar that won't be an absolute cinch. The frets are nice and tall and the neck is just plain comfortable. The full-size body with a smaller than average body width is also a drastic improvement over typical archtop construction, it's perfect for long gigs or practice sessions. Tonally this model is also a monster, it's got great archtop punch but with a little bit of welcome darkness that contributes to a underlying great mellowness.

SP Luthier Notes: Fret Dress, Setup, Cosmetic Dropfill

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

World renowned jazz guitarist John Pisano personally designed his signature model archtop guitar from top to bottom. Working closely with Eastman craftsmen, John included all of the features and performance he ever wanted in a guitar. John also collaborated with noted pickup designer Kent Armstrong to create a custom humbucking pickup that captures the complete tonal spectrum of John’s creation. The result is a magnificent instrument that sounds as glorious plugged in as it does acoustically.

Eastman Guitars

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: 13750056

Neck Material: Maple

Fingerboard: Ebony

Fingerboard Radius: 12"

Neck Profile: Traditional Even C

Nut: Bone 1 3/4"

1st Fret String Height: .022"

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

Fretwire: 20 Jescar FW47104

Scale Length: 25"

Body Style: 16" Jazz Archtop

Body Dimensions: 16" x 2 3/4"

Body Top: Solid Spruce

Body Back/Sides: Solid Flamed Maple

Truss Rod: Single Acting

Binding: Top, Back, Fingerboard, and Headstock

Binding Material: 5 Ply Maple, Ebony

Inlay: Pisano Signature 

Finish: Nitrocellulose

Hardware Color: Gold

Pickguard: Ebony

Tailpiece: Rosewood/Ebony Pisano Style w/ Frog Inlay

Bridge: Ebony

String Spacing: 2 3/32"

Tuners: Gotoh SG360-EN01GG

Knobs: Pisano Signature Wood Knob

Neck Pickup: Kent Armstrong Pisano

Pickup Height: 3/32"

Pickup Frame: Black Plastic

Capacitors: 0.022" Ohms

Potentiometers: 500K Liner 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!

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