NGD: Eastman T64/v

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by maggieo, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. maggieo

    maggieo Tele-Holic

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    Yep. I did it again. :fp: BUT! I did a straight-up trade for the Fano TC6 and a pair of pedals (JHS "Ryan Adams" VCR & a Janglebox compressor), no money traded hands.

    So, I stumbled across the Eastman marque back during my search for a Les Paul, and the company and its guitars has nothing but great buzz about them. I read reviews, watched YouTube vids, trolled around TGP and some Gibson/Epiphone-centric forums. My curiosity grew. I realized that one of my great guitar regrets was not buying a 60s-something Casino that was dirt cheap, back in the mid-90s. I tried the John Lennon MIJ version, the "vintage-correct" and liked it, but it was stupid expensive, way past my pay grade.

    Whilst poking around, I noticed that Lidgett's Music in Council Bluffs carried Eastman guitars and had one of the Casino variants. I looked over my collection.

    "You know, I haven't played that Fano in over six months. At least not for more than a few minutes," I thought. "Why keep it when I don't play it?"

    So, I packed it up, went through my pedals, found a couple that were collecting dust and headed to Council Bluffs.

    Here it is!

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    Eastman T64/v, July 12, 2019
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    Bigsby, Eastman T64/v, July 12, 2019
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    Eastman T64/v, July 12, 2019
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    Eastman T64/v, July 12, 2019
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    Eastman T64/v, July 12, 2019
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    Eastman T64/v, July 12, 2019
    by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr

    I spent almost an hour playing it at the store (or so Rob, the storkeeper told me) through a sweet Milkman amp. It hit all the sweet spots of my heroes; Ribot, Marr, The Beatles, Wilco, Townshend, etc...

    It's loaded with Duncan Antiquities, Gotoh ABR bridge, CTS pots and orange drop caps, shellac and violin varnish finish hand made by expert luthiers in Beijing (yep, a high-end guitar from China!) It out-Casinos any Casino built after, say, 1975.

    Damn, I'm lucky!
     
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  2. rad1

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    Congrats...it is a beautiful guitar.

    It is hard to find a better built guitar than an Eastman.

    Here is my T486B, it has Seymour Duncan Phat Cats, their P90.

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  3. jamesronguitar

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    Those are beautiful guitars you guys have!
     
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    WOW! What a beautiful guitar Maggie. And rad, that one is a beaut too. I used to havean Eastman archtop and it was an excellent guitar. My only acoustic at this time is an Eastman AH6OM (an E6OM with E8 appointments) and it's an excellent guitar.

    Hmmmm.....I'll have to save some pennies for T64V!!
     
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    Sweet.
     
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    They are gorgeous especially your "new" red one. BEAUTIFUL.

    enjoy and congrats on a clean trade.
     
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    Oooooo...nice.
     
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  8. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That's a pretty guitar. Congrats!

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    AA15979B-8ED9-4D87-881A-4BBFF69AF985.jpeg Congrats on a beautiful guitar! Coincidently, I bought a 2017 Eastman T59/V last week via Reverb, and am excited for its impending arrival. I’ve recently been on a kick to develop some jazz chops. Nice going with the trade:)
     
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    Badass.

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  11. maggieo

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    Thanks, y'all!

    The T486B and that T59/v are both gorgeous, too. Eastman is really killing it. I tried one of their solid bodies and it was equally amazing.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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  13. maggieo

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    How do those Phat Cats sound? The dogear Duncans in my Eastman are some of the best P-90s I've played, right up there with the Lollars in my SG.

    Oh, and is there anything better than a clean, everyone's happy, trade?
     
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    Congrats on a beauty for sure.
     
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    What's the neck like? Fat, thin, wide, sticky....what?
     
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    I don’t have a lot of P 90 experience. They sound mellower to me than my Gibson P90’s I put in an old Epi Les Paul. The Gibson’s have more bite, could just be the difference in a thin line center block and a solid body guitar. Personally I really like how warm the Cats can be when the tone is rolled back.

    As for your guitar, I’m seriously looking for a Les Paul style with humbuckers and Eastman has one in the vintage super thin shellac finish like what I think your is. Those are beautiful finishes. How do you like your finish?
     
  17. maggieo

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    I think it's the greatest thing ever. It's just like My Kelly Bowery Pine Tele- both are super resonant and musical, even if you just thump the wood.

    Here's the Kelly with the shellac/varnish finish, and the Fano I traded for the Eastman:

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    Fano Alt de Facto TC6 and Rick Kelly Bowery Pine Tele, August 10, 2017
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    Oh, I tried out one of the LP-type ones at Lidgett's and it felt and sounded great, too.
     
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    Congrats. Absolutely gorgeous. It was a friend's friend's Eastman T386 that open my eyes to this company. I love my Eastman Parlor E10P and if I had known what I know now, I would have a T386 too.
     
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    Gorgeous! Congrats.
     
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    Neato!
     
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