This solid Adirondack spruce top acoustic 6-string guitar has a 25" scale length, 1 3/4" nut width, and open-geared (unsigned) Gotoh tuners, and is housed in a nice plush lined hard shell case. Interestingly, this imported from a land far, far away guitar, with its ultimate-choice level materials, is one of the best sounding and easiest playing instruments we have ever heard in this modest price range!
The body style is, of course, Orchestra Model – that perfection combination of the 000-sized body with the long scale (25.4”) scale length and the 1 ¾” nut width! How could any other fingerstyle guitar be as perfect as this? The top is solid Adirondack (or “Red”) spruce and this spruce has some bear-claw striations running through it! We have always felt that “bear claw” makes the finest sounding wood, and to find it in Adirondack is far less common than in Sitka. The internal bracing is hand-carved scalloped and forward shifted X in the manner of our ancestors; the purfling around the top is black/white/black. Its headstock is “squared edged” and veneered with straight-grain East Indian rosewood (quite pretty) and it bears the wooden inlay reading “Eastman” underlined in script. The back of the neck is mahogany, spliced at the heel but we cannot see any “ears” on each side of the back of the headstock. This is good. The neck fastens to the body with a dovetail neck joint (also very honorable). The fingerboard, it is ebony and so is the bridge (striped ebon) with its compensated bone saddle. The model has 14 frets to the body joint, of course, and 20 frets total and there are 8 mother of pearl dotmarker of decreasing size in 7 fret positions starting with #3. Tuners are open gear but unsigned Gotoh as you know, and the buttons are nickel-plated butterbean. Side bindings are black; no pickguard is provided which allows the sound to open up and be heard. The finish is hand-polished nitro-cellulose lacquer (just like the big boys downtown) and the Eastman Company provides the guitar with D’Addario J-16 Phosphor Bronze strings, just as we would, and supplies the hard shell case. You really need to try this guitar out, and its sisters, the E-10D dreadnought and E-20D dreadnought. (Coming soon – we hope – the E10-P and E-20P parlor models). Come. Visit. Stay. Sit. Play this guitar! The Eastman List Price is $1250 but, as James Taylor says, you will be pleased to know that . . .