Up for sale, a 2004 Eastman AR805CE archtop electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. With its genesis as Eastman Strings in 1992, the Eastman company can trace its roots back to the violin and bow makers of the 1800s. Eastman has carved out a reputation for building well-crafted instruments for the working musician, with an aim to apply Old World craftsmanship to modern archtop guitars.
This attractive archtop features a hand-carved spruce top, solid hand-carved figured maple back and sides, and a 16" wide hollow body with a Venetian cutaway. In regards to the finish, Eastman's luthiers are renowned worldwide for the quality of their hand-applied spirit varnish. Drawing on generations of expertise gained in the world of violins, Eastman has perfected a finish that enhances both the beauty and tone of the instrument. The spirit varnish is finished with two coats of lacquer, buffed back almost to the initial varnish layer, while leaving the protection of lacquer with the luster of spirit. The result is a resonant fully hollow archtop that produces a crisp, bold natural projection that translates well through the stock Kent Armstrong humbucker. Plugged in, a range of round, warm, and nuanced tones are at hand, showcasing complex chord voicings with ease. Weighing 5lbs 7oz, we've had this Eastman professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 12-52 roundwound strings.
The three-piece figured maple neck has an inviting "Traditional Even C" profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard features a flat 16" radius with flawless original medium jumbo Jescar fretwire, playing easily in every register up the straight neck. The scale length is 25”, and the bone nut measures a spacious 1 13/16” in width. The bound headstock features gold Jinho tuning keys which turn smoothly and hold pitch well, featuring stair-stepped Imperial-style buttons.
On the body, the simple electronics work as they should, with a single, discreet Volume dial mounted underneath the pickguard. A floating ebony bridge and carved ebony tailpiece with gold hinge round out the hardware complement, and visible through the bass side F hole, the original Eastman label with handwritten serial and model info is clean and intact. Constructed entirely out of solid, hand-carved woods, the transparent violin varnish highlights the tight bookmatched tiger flame figuring across the back and sides, framed by cream binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to light scuffs and marks mostly relegated to the pick path and back of the body. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
The original hardshell case is included.