What You Need To Know

Guitarist - - Eastman -

1 East­man? Don’t they make af­ford­able retro gui­tars? No, that’s Eastwood! East­man makes a large range of acous­tic, hol­low and semi-solid gui­tars in China. This year, the com­pany took the wraps off its first solid­body, the SB59, in ei­ther an an­tiqued French pol­ish fin­ish or more con­ven­tional ni­tro­cel­lu­lose fin­ishes.

2 We’ve seen Godin’s Sum­mit be­fore, haven’t we? Yes, it’s been avail­able for a lit­tle while, but this year Godin an­nounced a range of ‘cus­tom shop’ lim­ited mod­els, made in Canada, with up­graded specs and bou­tique pick­ups from Bare Knuckle and Lol­lar.

3 Surely we’re bet­ter off with a Gib­son, aren’t we? Well, yes, Gib­son orig­i­nated the model and its range of Les Pauls is ex­ten­sive and sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able (see our ‘Keep­ing Up The Stan­dards’ fea­ture on p112). How­ever, both our re­viewed mod­els of­fer a dif­fer­ent spin on the clas­sic de­sign… al­beit with the ‘wrong’ names on the head­stock!

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