I bought my first Eastman from Haggerty's in Rapid City, SD, although I don't think they are an Eastman dealer any longer, just based on their website. A good friend of mine from Rapid came through my town on his midwestern tour. His high-end Taylor needed repair, so he picked up his AC522CE from Haggerty's for the trip. I was astonished at the workmanship, the playability, and the sound. I was floored when he told me the price. I called Haggerty's soon after and ordered my own. Later, parents of one of my students asked for advice on what guitar to buy for her for Christmas. They ordered an AC322CE, also from Haggerty's.I appreciate your expertise. If you don't mind may I ask what retailer you bought your Eastmans from. I checked them out and the specs and reviews are impressive but unless I buy used it doesn't look like I will be able to play one. Thx
Since then, I've bought several other Eastmans for myself or friends, but I found them used from Reverb or other online classified page. Not a single one has been a dud. If you're patient, you can find really good deals.
Based on your preferences, I think a Grand Auditorium or Orchestra would be up your alley. All the AC series (AC122, AC222, AC322, etc.) and the E series (E1, E6, E10, etc.) are all solid wood. The AC3xx and above have nicer finishes and better electronics. The E series don't come with electronics, but your local store could add something like a K&K Pure Mini.