Scratched my 335 itch...made a great decision.

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  1. Holliman

    Holliman Triad Abuser

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    My number one is my Gibson Historic SG so I'm a Gibson guy. With my new band I wanted back that 335 "woodyness". Shopped used 335's in the 2k range. Bought a brand new Eastman t-386 and put on a Bigsby and Lollar Imperial Low Winds. I'm in at for a hair over a grand. Damn fine semi - hollow. I'll put it up against anything made. If you can't make good music on these guitars then it's not the guitar. These Chinese factories are getting good. Not a finish flaw on it. Neck is slim and fast. Intonation is perfect. Weight is on par with Memphis 335's. I owned a 2008 Gibson 335. The Eastman is a more enjoyable guitar to play. I wish I could have found one used but they are sparse. The Vibramate plate for the Bigsby fit like a glove. Without further adieu...

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  2. Jess 1971

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    I'd hit that. Nice. Congrats.
     
  3. Jason_77

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    That looks great! I love the wood grain and the bound f-holes.
     
  4. gmann

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    Very nice! I'm digging the B5 and the fact that the jack is on the rim. Congrats!
     
  5. SackvilleDan

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    Bound F holes are so hot! Happy NGD!
     
  6. Badfrog

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    You failed to mention that you also switched out the knobs. I did the same thing to mine and really like the look. Congrats.
     
  7. darkwaters

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    Very nice. Did you switch the saddles to the roller type ?

    If not, how do you find tuning stability ?
     
  8. allguitar

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    Where do you find those Chinese brands? Is Eastman a Chinese manufacturer?
     
  9. peskypesky

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    I've played several Eastman guitars at Rudy's Soho....both acoustic and archtop. They have all impressed me. Quality to cost ratio is outstanding. Rudy himself was gushing over them when I spoke with him.
     
  10. buzzp

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    Eastman makes great stuff, looks awesome man!
     
  11. Ogre

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    Looks great. Bet it sounds great too!
     
  12. uranus

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    A beauty. One of the guitar rags recently reviewed 5 guitars under a grand that sounded and played closest to a 335, and I believe that the Eastman came in first, followed by the Reverend Manta Ray, which looks nothing like a 335 or Gretsch or Guild variant. I have 3 Gretsch and 2 Guild 6xxx series, and a Manta Ray, but I haven't tried the Eastman. Glad that you like it, even being a Gibson Guy :).

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  13. Yossi

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    I'm speculating that If Gibson were to bind the F holes the up charge would be almost as much as the total cost of the Eastman.

    The OP's guitar is impressive.
     
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    It's true that the MIC stuff has improved considerably, but for the record, Eastman isn't your run-of-the-mill Chinese builder. They've been making violins and other carved-top instruments for over 20 years, and they have a bunch of very skilled luthiers on hand.

    Their acoustics are similarly astonishing in their bang-for-the-buck factor. If you didn't know the price before playing one, you'd think they were easily worth 3x the price.
     
  15. 73Fender

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    But what about the name on the headstock? How can you possibly make good tones without the "Gibson" there?

    Seriously, that is cool and you didn't have to sell a kidney to get it. Congrats.
     
  16. crimson on pink

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    If that sounds half as good as it looks, dear god... I may have 335 gas now.
     
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    Eastman makes wonderful guitars. I've owned 3, and played several others.
     
  19. THebert

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    Man that looks nice for a grand. Great decision!
     
  20. Stratobuc

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    That is a beauty, congrats!

    Here's what I just ordered for $449.00:

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