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Eastman El-Rey ER4-SB Sunburst Archtop Guitar #1392  From Eastman

Radical new design from Eastman's archtop division!

Eastman Guitars

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What We Think

I'll admit that I'm a bit of a guitar purist. I don't like crazy designs or modern guitar build techniques. I like the way old stuff sounds and feels and want new stuff to replicate that. This new Ambrosio-design ER4 from Eastman made me forget about all those holdups of mine. This guitar sings SWEET. It's got a great articulate voice that's got tons of authoritative mid-range but still has a nice high-end bite to it, like if mahogany and maple had a lovechild. It looks like a starship, too, so you'll be sure to turn some heads with this one. Funny business aside, it has the playability and tone a working jazz musician would demand from an instrument, and could easily stand up to 5K and above custom build.

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

The next-generation electric archtop is here! Solid Spruce Top, Solid Mahogany back and sides with classic “Big Box” jazz and blues tones. Superior feedback suppression at high volumes.

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.



Weight: 5.6 lbs.

Body Dimensions: 14″ X 2″

Cutaway: Single Florentine-style

Top Wood: Solid Spruce

Back/Sides Wood: Mahogany

Body Binding: Figured Maple

Neck Woods: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Ebony

Nut Width: 1 3/4″

Scale Length: 25 2/5″

Frets: 22 Nickel – Silver

Inlays: Custom Offset Design

Pick-up: Single Mounted Kent Armstrong (HPAG-1)

Controls: Volume, Tone

Bridge: Archtop Tunomatic, 2 1/32″ Spacing

Tailpiece: Gold & Ebony Trapeze-style

Tuners: Gold-plated Gotoh

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

Available Finishes: Classic, Classic/Sunburst

Case: Hardshell Included 

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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!