The Jazz Guitar
Premium tonewoods and meticulous craftsmanship form a harmonious relationship that made Eastman’s name in the Jazz guitar world. The choice of tonewoods and the time honored processes followed to craft these guitars create an organically acoustic tone that is seldom matched. Chords are full and complex while single notes are crisp and well defined.
Once considered to primarily be a jazz guitar, the elegant and timeless archtop has since crossed over into many genres and playing styles. How will you use yours? The possibilties are endless.
Fans of traditional or modern jazz will feel right at home with our handcrafted take on archtop guitars. We’ve brought classic designs to life and into the hands of legendary players like John Pisano and Frank Vignola. Bop through the Real Book, chunk out rhythms behind the band, and bask in tonal warmth.
Smooth and Funky
If you’re looking to serve up smooth jazz tones with a side of funky soul, Eastman’s modern archtop designs are right up your alley.
Laminate: Not a Four Letter Word
To be great is to be misunderstood. We’re true believers in the de-stigmatization of laminate guitars. The tightly compressed laminate woods dampen down overtones created by solid woods, and lend themselves to perfect tone production in louder environments. Durability and versatility make Eastman laminated archtops idea for the player looking to take a more modern approach to their rig.
Find the Right Fit
Just like your go-to pair of jeans or t-shirt, fit and comfort are paramount when considering what body size best suits you. Once you’ve figured that out, playing environment and tonal needs are also important parts of the equation.
Big Body = Big Sound
Sometimes, bigger can certainly be better. 16” and 17” guitars provide a larger spectrum of overtones that create a fuller acoustic tone. Larger archtop guitars can run into feedback issues at louder electric volumes, but shine in quieter, more controlled volume settings.
Dedicated to Excellence with a Commitment to Craft.
We Think 'Inside The Box'
When it comes to building a guitar, there is a big difference between assembly and artistry. If history has taught us anything, it is that there is no substitute for skilled craftsmanship. At Eastman, each instrument is given the attention to detail required to ensure that it reaches its maximum potential. Features such as hand-scalloped bracing and precision tap tuning are just two examples of the way we differentiate ourselves. Considering the outward beauty of an Eastman Guitar, it’s often easy to overlook the skill and artistry applied to the inside of such a fine instrument.
Quality. Care. Passion. These values all stem from a vision ever present since day one.
Making instruments for a large variety of artists in a wide range of genres is a labor of love. Nothing makes us happier than seeing our favorite artists enjoying our instruments as much as we do.
As an accomplished flutist from Beijing, Qian Ni founded Eastman Strings in 1992 after graduating from the Boston University School of Music. He never imagined that over the course of 25 years, the company would grow from a small business operated out of the back of his car into a global maker of musical instruments.
"As a musician, I founded our company with the hope of providing world class instruments for musicians. I personally enjoy the process of working with our luthiers and production team nearly every day to develop new products and improve what we currently manufacture. Eastman is a family business, and I feel very honored to be able to be part of such a wonderful company." - Qian Ni
These time-honored yet humble beginnings keep us grounded as the Eastman family grows into our third decade of service, supplying the world with the finest instruments. From our skilled luthiers who painstakingly carve carefully selected woods, to the team who hand varnish and age our Antique Varnish Series, our guitar & mandolin craftsmanship is rooted in the same obsession to build the best violin, violas, cellos, and basses. We will continue to provide the same responsive service and outstanding products that have helped us emerge as a leader in the world of modern instruments.
Neck Material:3 Piece Maple
Neck Profile:Traditional Even C
Nut:Bone 1 3/4"
1st Fret String Height:.022"
12th Fret String Height:Bass .078" & Treble .062"
Fretwire:20 Medium Jumbo Jescar 47104
Body Style:Non-cutaway jazz guitar
Body Dimensions:16" X 3-1/4"
Body Top:Laminated Maple
Body Back/Sides:Laminated Maple
Truss Rod:Single Acting
Binding:Top 5 ply, Back 3 ply, Neck 1 ply, F holes 1 ply
Side Dot Color:Black
Tailpiece:Ebony Trapeze Style
Bridge:Adjustable Rosewood Bridge
Knobs:Amber Speed Knobs
Neck Pickup:Cream Kent Armstrong P90
Pickup Frame:Dog Eared Clear Acrylic
Potentiometers:250k Audio Taper
Strings:D’Addario NYXL .012 - .052