Holy Cow That Tone! Eastman T64/V TT

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Jebus, stumbled on this, and almost fell from my chair (was listening with a good pair of headphones). This guitar sounds phenomenal, what a full voice with plenty of body but with still a tonnes of harmonics. I mean, if these are of that quality standards, Im gonna want! Badly! Lollar P90 gnum....

...please, dont throw me the china argument, I give a damn.

Anyone here have one of these?

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I had a T386 which is the bottom of the range. Decent guitar but I didn't like the pickups and electronics. I traded it away.

The T486 and this one have top tier electronics and pickups.

Do it.
 

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I have this awesome T59/V outstanding guitar. Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, the build quality is excellent. The Made in China aspect is will always be a source of debate. I can recommend this guitar
 

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Eastman began making violins and other orchestra instruments. I'm not sure if the guitars are still all handcrafted but they used to be. I don't consider them to be anything like guitars made in most Chinese factories and would love to have one of their semi hollows.
 

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I have this awesome T59/V outstanding guitar. Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, the build quality is excellent. The Made in China aspect is will always be a source of debate. I can recommend this guitar
I have one, too! It is a wonderful instrument that I'd put up against anything like it.
 
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I tried one extensively in a store when I was buying my 330-type guitar. It was amazing and I was close to buying it, but then I found my original '66 330. The Eastman sounds almost as good though, there's almost no difference.

The 330 mainly won out on cool factor :cool:
 

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I'm struggling. It's 13 months I'm hunting for something like that, got mostly turds from Memphis, so now my options are

  • Gibson ES-335 Dot P90 2019 (semi) - I love this model, bound body and unbound neck. Reminds me of the old 58, but with P90. I didn't pulled the trigger yet, because of the turds I've got from Gibson Memphis last years, also the rosewood they are using these days it's mostly garbage. I've seen some with good looking fretboards, but the majority are looking like a cardboard. If I'd find one with a good fretboard, I'd probably pull the trigger on this...and they couldn't screw with binding and nibs, since there is any. :D
  • FGN Masterfield P90 (semi) - It's really attractive quality and spec wise, but if I've to be honest, in all demos I've seen on youtube, sounds a bit sterile to my ears. Kind of hi-fi tone that I don't love much. Could be settings, or players, but didn't found a single video with a tone that I really fully enjoyed. Yeah, I could swap the pups, but meh.
  • Eastman T64V/tt P90 (hollow) - Hollow body, so a bit less versatile than the other two, but I'm mostly a clean tone player, and I do play sort of jazz shit, so this is for sure gonna be its own best territory. I know nothing about Eastman guitars, never had or played one in person...so this could be really like rolling the dice (more or less same as with FGN tho.) I know well the Lollar P90, and they are one of the best sounding on the market for me. Spec wise they seems very good. Not sure about the varnish, make them looking a bit weird.
  • Epiphone Elitist 65 Casino from 2008. Great guitar, just need some setup and work...but it’s definitely one of the options...
I need to decide.... :thumb: :Ohno:
 
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I dont think you need to be worried about the Eastman's playability. As I said, I had to pass up on it, but it played like a dream.
Now that I think of it, all Eastmans I've played so far have played really well.
Nevertheless, there's always the chance of getting a dud.
That's life I guess.

Good luck choosing!
 
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I'll add to that last statement just a bit.
When I was testing the Eastman, I was comparing it to a new Memphis 330.

It ran circles around it...
 

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I've had my T486 for several a few weeks now and it really is a nice guitar. Extremely versatile. In fact, other than high gain, I'd say it does everything else really well. Even gets into that Country twang area with the right amp and settings. Tone pots adjust the tone - don't just make the pickups sound dead. (Of course, the tone pots just roll off high end, but the pickups still have character.) Volume pots clean up like a dream, again without making the pickups sound dead. Very responsive. Sustain is impressive on mine and the other one I've played. I also like the smaller, less flared headstock they're putting on the new ones - better than the wider, super flared one. It looks better, IMO, and there is more string clearance past the posts.

I played a T59 at a store before I got mine. I didn't care for the color/finish on it but it was a really nice playing guitar. It motivated me to get the one I ended up with. Duncan '59 and Jazz pickups. Nitro finish. Ebony fretboard.

There are a lot of quality options out there. But I would say Eastman compares well with any of them.

Mine:

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I'm struggling. It's 13 months I'm hunting for something like that, got mostly turds from Memphis, so now my options are

  • Gibson ES-335 Dot P90 2019 (semi) - I love this model, bound body and unbound neck. Reminds me of the old 58, but with P90. I didn't pulled the trigger yet, because of the turds I've got from Gibson Memphis last years, also the rosewood they are using these days it's mostly garbage. I've seen some with good looking fretboards, but the majority are looking like a cardboard. If I'd find one with a good fretboard, I'd probably pull the trigger on this...and they couldn't screw with binding and nibs, since there is any. :D
  • FGN Masterfield P90 (semi) - It's really attractive quality and spec wise, but if I've to be honest, in all demos I've seen on youtube, sounds a bit sterile to my ears. Kind of hi-fi tone that I don't love much. Could be settings, or players, but didn't found a single video with a tone that I really fully enjoyed. Yeah, I could swap the pups, but meh.
  • Eastman T64V/tt P90 (hollow) - Hollow body, so a bit less versatile than the other two, but I'm mostly a clean tone player, and I do play sort of jazz shit, so this is for sure gonna be its own best territory. I know nothing about Eastman guitars, never had or played one in person...so this could be really like rolling the dice (more or less same as with FGN tho.) I know well the Lollar P90, and they are one of the best sounding on the market for me. Spec wise they seems very good. Not sure about the varnish, make them looking a bit weird.
  • Epiphone Elitist 65 Casino from 2008. Great guitar, just need some setup and work...but it’s definitely one of the options...
I need to decide.... :thumb: :Ohno:
Don’t overlook the Yamaha SA series.
 

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Never tried one, but they are definitely intriguing.
I like those violin style finishes.
Very classy.
The spec sheet is certainly enticing.
 


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