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Eastman MD505 Spruce/Maple A-Style Mandolin #16852532  From Eastman

No-nonsense A style with tight and focused tone!

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$700.00

Retail:  $875.00

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What We Think

This mando might not look like much, but if you're looking for loud, bright and balanced tone, then you've come to right place. This is a very articulate mandolin, tremolo notes come out brillant and focused. It would be the perfect mandolin for the grasser who wants a workhorse and something to take to festivals that could burn at a session but wouldn't induce a cold sweat if conditions got too rough. Classic finish is classy and understated, too, my favorite aesthetic!

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

Primarily the choice of players involved in European or Celtic music, these hand carved mandolins reflect the pride of fine craftspeople, originally trained to build Eastman’s high quality violins. All the A style mandolins are solid wood instruments, built in the traditional manner one at at a time.

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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

    • Sweet simplicity in a quality, handcrafted A-Style/F-Hole mandolin
    • Carved Solid Spruce top, Carved Maple back & sides
    • Sparkling bell tones with superb projection
    • Individually hand-built using traditional materials & “Old World” craftsmanship
    • Solid Spruce Top, Solid Maple back & sides
    • Ebony fingerboard & adjustable ebony bridge
    • A-style body with F-holes for warm, ringing tones & excellent sound projection

Body Dimensions: 26 11/16″ x 10″ x 1 7/8″
Top Wood: Carved Solid Spruce
Back/Sides Wood: Carved Solid Maple
Body Binding: Ivoroid (body & fingerboard)
Neck Woods: Maple
Neck Length: 6 15/16″
Nut Width/Material: 1 3/32″, bone
Scale Length: 13 7/8″
Fingerboard: 12″ radiused ebony
Frets: Dunlop #6310
Inlays: White mother-of-pearl
Bridge: Fitted adjustable ebony
Tailpiece: Nickel cast
Tuners: Nickel Schaller
Strings: D’Addario J74 strings
Available Finishes: Classic, Classic/Sunburst
Finish: High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
Case: Shaped case 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!