Eastman T486-ED Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar #150510007  From Eastman

A new spin on the T486, now with the El Diablo Satin Red Finish!!

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What We Think

It's like a T486, with a little more mojo packed into it! The pickups are really articulate and rounded, breathing some life into the instrument. The satin finish is comfortable on the arm and easy on the eyes, looking almost matted. All the comfort and playability you'd expect from Eastman is already there with some flash thrown on top. The black hardware all over adds a sleek appeal and really rounds out the look of the entire instrument. 

Manufacturer's Description from Eastman

In 1992, Qian Ni, who had come to the United States from China to study music, founded Eastman Strings. In the beginning, he and his two musician colleagues bought instruments from Western-trained violin makers from their home town in China, but before long, they saw that a different approach was needed.

Mr. Ni hired a group of established master violinmakers, and with their help, he established a large master violin workshop devoted to the handcrafting of instruments—one of the first the world had known since the first half of the 20th century. In the short time since this workshop was founded, the reputation of Eastman Strings’ instruments for tonal quality and craftsmanship excellence has become a worldwide standard.

After establishing the instrument making workshop, Qian Ni went on to found a bow making workshop based on the same principals. In both workshops, master makers train and oversee talented woodworkers to create some of the world’s finest student, step-up, and professional instruments and bows. Today, the instrument and bow making workshops of Eastman Strings operate in precisely the same manner as late 19th-century European workshops. They have virtually no power tools aside from the band saws used to cut out the necks and the outlines of the tops and backs of instruments. Chisels, knives, gouges, and scrapers, in the hands of outstandingly gifted craftspeople, are the primary tools used to create these modern instruments and bows, using methods centuries old.

Thanks to Eastman Strings, string players today have advantages unknown to earlier generations: quality instruments, bows, and cases available worldwide at affordable prices.

Eastman Strings had been accepted as high quality handcrafted instruments, so Mr. Ni identified the need for handcrafted archtop guitars at an affordable price. Following the same good practices established by the violin shop, a studied approach was applied to the arch top guitar. Numerous vintage models were studied and the first guitars were built by the most gifted staff of the shop.

The results exceeded expectations and became an immediate hit among players of all levels. Rapidly Eastman was established as an extremely high quality- high value, affordable archtop guitar manufacturer. It was only logical that Eastman continued to branch out into the mandolin family of instruments, various electric guitars, and flat top acoustic guitars. All products have been highly regarded by players and used everywhere from homes to major concert stages internationally.

The story of Eastman does not stop with stringed instruments. In addition to fine violins, stringed instruments, guitars, and mandolins, Eastman has become a major name in the band instrument business. Eastman builds woodwind and brass instruments and has continued the tradition of high quality at a low cost.

Most recently, Eastman became the owner of Haynes flutes, one of the most regarded brands ever and continues to operate that company in the tradition of Haynes. In the future, you can be sure that Eastman will continue its fine tradition of craftsmanship and exceptional value in every Eastman instrument produced.

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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

Serial Number: 150510007

Body Dimensions: 16″ X 1 3/4″

Cutaway: Double Venetian-style

Top Wood: Maple

Back/Sides Wood: Maple

Body Binding: Ivoroid

Neck Woods: Solid Maple

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Nut Width: 1 3/4″

Scale Length: 24 3/4″

Frets: 22 Nickel – Silver

Inlays: Pearl Dot

Pick-ups: Duncan Jazz neck/Duncan JB bridge

Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way Selector Switch

Bridge: Fixed Tunable Gotoh, 2 3/32″ Spacing, Black

Tailpiece: Black Stop Tailpiece

Tuners: Black

Strings: D’Addario XL115 .011-.049

Available Finishes: El Diablo Red Satin Finish

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!