Eastman SB-59 and SB-55

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first, i'm sorry i can't put up any pictures yet, i have to get my daughter to help me with that.

just got a slightly used Eastman SB-59. gorgeous flamed top. Seymour Dunan p-ups. great tone pots. plays just like you expect this type of guitar to play, sounds mostly like you expect this type of guitar to sound. i got it for around 500 bucks less than a new one.

i've owned 2 Gibson LP standards and one custom, none of them were as pleasing to me as this one. on the Gibsons i've owned, i always hear a "rubber ball" quality to the notes when played clean (which is not a bad thing, just a distinction i almost always hear) . i do not hear that on this guitar.

i also have a SB-55 which i'm going to use as a dedicated slide guitar. it has slightly higher action and seems to be just right for that.

i don't what to say except i am a gear snob and these are great instruments.
 
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on the 59, i have discovered the joy of chugging a 3d fret G powerchord. fantastic sound! Sceery!
 
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i don't know to what degree the 59 is supposed to be like a 59 LP. good weight, good neck size. i have no experience with 59 les pauls.
 

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I am hanging out for a T64 - a Casino style guitar. I already own a SB56 Gold Top and a Romeo which is their own design.

I think they are very well made guitars - I have had a couple of small issues with mine but overall they get a lot of playing time which for me is the sign of a good guitar.
 

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I think this is the first guitar I've had with Seymour Duncan p-ups. I am impressed!
 
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