NGD: Eastman AR371CE (ES-175)

drmordo

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So I'm in Oahu for work (tough gig), and I decided to stop by the local GC. They had almost nothing that interested me, but then I spotted this Eastman.

Having never played an Eastman, I picked it up and wow, it's a pretty dang good guitar, though the setup was rough and it had 11s or 12s on it. What struck me was the resonance, more like a flattop acoustic guitar than the recent make hollowbody electrics I have. I have five other archtop hollowbodies, and this thing rings like a bell compared to them. That said, it has a pretty chunky neck and wide fretboard, so I couldn't make up my mind until I lowered the way too high action, but then I was sold.

People on here have said they got GC to come off the price of used gear, so I asked, but this guy gave an immediate and firm "No" when I asked for a bit of a break. The price was pretty dang good, so I didn't walk, but then the guy says, "actually, I think this comes with a case". He goes to the back and comes back with the factory hardcase.

So, for $640 OTD I got the guitar, hard case, a set of strings and a couple of other minor accessories. Looking at the tag, I'm pretty sure they started at $999 on it but it has been sitting for months/years, as evidenced by the incredible layer of dust on the case. I could write my name in it with my finger. A weird thing I have noticed about Hawaii is more guys play acoustic than electric. At this very moment in my hotel, there is a band that is drums, bass, acoustic guitar, and singer. Every night is a different band, and almost every one of them doesn't feature an electric guitarist. It's weird to me, but I suspect that is why a good deal on an archtop sat on the shelves for who-knows how long.

The guitar looks almost brand new, but the case has some miles on it, so it is well cared for. I always wanted a ES-175, and I think this will scratch the itch. It's definitely next level from my Ibanez and Epiphone archtops.

The only problem is now I have my Casino and the Eastman to drag back to Florida...

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Deeve

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I've only seen Eastman naturals (in person)
This finish looks good.
Great story, too.
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trandy9850

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So I'm in Oahu for work (tough gig), and I decided to stop by the local GC. They had almost nothing that interested me, but then I spotted this Eastman.

Having never played an Eastman, I picked it up and wow, it's a pretty dang good guitar, though the setup was rough and it had 11s or 12s on it. What struck me was the resonance, more like a flattop acoustic guitar than the recent make hollowbody electrics I have. I have five other archtop hollowbodies, and this thing rings like a bell compared to them. That said, it has a pretty chunky neck and wide fretboard, so I couldn't make up my mind until I lowered the way too high action, but then I was sold.

People on here have said they got GC to come off the price of used gear, so I asked, but this guy gave an immediate and firm "No" when I asked for a bit of a break. The price was pretty dang good, so I didn't walk, but then the guy says, "actually, I think this comes with a case". He goes to the back and comes back with the factory hardcase.

So, for $640 OTD I got the guitar, hard case, a set of strings and a couple of other minor accessories. Looking at the tag, I'm pretty sure they started at $999 on it but it has been sitting for months/years, as evidenced by the incredible layer of dust on the case. I could write my name in it with my finger. A weird thing I have noticed about Hawaii is more guys play acoustic than electric. At this very moment in my hotel, there is a band that is drums, bass, acoustic guitar, and singer. Every night is a different band, and almost every one of them doesn't feature an electric guitarist. It's weird to me, but I suspect that is why a good deal on an archtop sat on the shelves for who-knows how long.

The guitar looks almost brand new, but the case has some miles on it, so it is well cared for. I always wanted a ES-175, and I think this will scratch the itch. It's definitely next level from my Ibanez and Epiphone archtops.

The only problem is now I have my Casino and the Eastman to drag back to Florida...

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That’s very nice guitar and I would know…I sell them….$640.00 was a steal…good for you!

Enjoy!
 

Ben Bishop

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I bought an Eastman Romeo a year ago. Way outside my budget - I ate ramen for six months but I'll have the guitar for a long time. When you get it married with the right strings and set-up it'll give you many choices. Their lamination is really tight and it'll cover a broad range of styles.
 

KennyWTelejazz

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I have played the same model Eastman guitar one day at my local music store .
This store was an Eastman dealer at the time ( a few years ago )...
I was seriously impressed with the way the guitar played and sounded .
On the drive home I started crunching the numbers ....two days later I went down there and somebody else had already bought it . I'm glad you got yours ..You got a great Deal !! Enjoy !
Kenny
 

drmordo

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Very nice. Looking for an sb57 sometime soon.

I have not played any other Eastman. But I have to say I'm very impressed with this guitar. I was talking to my uncle (who is a long time pro guitarist) about it, and he told me he gigs with a guy who has a Eastman ES-335, and he ended selling his older Gibson ES because he liked the Eastman more!
 

Patshep

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I sold my 175 many years ago and can’t afford another. This is on my radar. Is the neck chunky?
 




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