What You Need To Know
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!