Reply to Thread Bookmark Thread
Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Posts 1 to 50 of 201
  1. #1

    User Info Menu

    My 371 arrived today and although I've only had a few hours to play around with it, I'm very impressed. I agree with what the others have said: I've seen nothing in this price range that compares favorably. This thing is a whole lot of guitar for the money.

    It's quite light, coming in at 5.5 pounds. I know Retroman said his is 4.5, so they somehow packed another pound on mine. Also, mine doesn't have the flame to the back/sides as his does. He got a real looker there.

    It took a couple hours of playing it and looking it over before I realized the right side of the body has more of a gradient to it than the left side. The pickup ring is much thinner on the left side than the right to make up for the difference in depth. Also, the underside of the floating neck is tapered to match the top. Not sure what the reasoning behind it is, but it's pronounced, so it must serve some purpose.

    Mine is a used model with a Gibson '57 Classic pickup installed. I would have liked to have heard what the Kent Armstrong pickup it came with sounded like. The guy I bought it from included the original pup, so I can always swap it out for the heck of it at some point if I so decide.

    Compared to my 175, the body is 3/8" shallower, and the neck is a tad wider (1 3/4") as well as thinner. I haven't put micrometers on the top yet, but it appears to be thinner. I didn't measure, but the lower bout seems to be narrower. The placement of the pickup from the neck is identical. Lots of other differences that are pretty obvious to the naked eye, and aesthetic only. Acoustically, the 371 is markedly louder.

    It came with a set of what appear from the colored ball ends to be D'Addario Chromes. They're a lighter gauge than I prefer, but will spend some time on the guitar as I don't find them uncomfortable.

    It's a very nice guitar...better than I expected. The reviews have been good, but after 2 duds from The Loar, and the good reviews I've seen of them, I expected to have similar disappointments from another Chinese archtop. My apprehensions faded quickly when I pulled it from its case.

    I'll update the thread with some comparison pics and stats if anyone is interested...probably over the weekend.


    Eastman AR371CE Arrived - Quite Impressive-eastman-ar371-jpg

  2.  

    The Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary
     
  3. #2

    User Info Menu

    Congrats man!

    Yes, please do share more thoughts on it when you get more time on it. I've been considering one myself.

    I would be curious if you were able to measure the lower bout to see if both are the same size or not.

  4. #3

    User Info Menu

    yeah would love some pics and comps. I am really thinking about getting one to swap out to a p90

  5. #4

    User Info Menu

    Congrats, and nice review!
    I looked, and your offset-gradient thing isn't a fluke. Mine has it too. Not sure what the reason might be.
    And yes, it's almost silly how loud these things are acoustically. Unplugged, almost louder than my flattop acoustic.
    I look forward to pics and an update.

  6. #5

    User Info Menu

    I think the offset to one side is to allow for the pickguard mounting, mine has it to, the top they left thin for ascetics I think. I have had mine now for about a month and just the other day did a truss rod tweak and the action at the 12th fret is under a 16th and not a buzz in this critter....Man I love this guitar!! I just sold a Jazz 17 that was 2495.00 from G&J and this is a better guitar believe it or not. The 17 had killer tone over this one but playability none have topped this guitar. Mine came in at 5.2 lbs. but it has ebony fingerboard so maybe a little heavier..........

  7. #6

    User Info Menu

    I've got one coming tomorrow from Bernunzio's. It wasn't easy to track one down. Lou's got one at Guitars 'n Jazz for just under $700. Are the D'Addario EJ21's (round) any good? I hope I'm as happy with mine as you guys are with yours. Thanks for all comments and pics.
    Last edited by Eric Rowland; 03-11-2012 at 07:34 PM.

  8. #7

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrylm
    I think the offset to one side is to allow for the pickguard mounting, mine has it to, the top they left thin for ascetics I think. I have had mine now for about a month and just the other day did a truss rod tweak and the action at the 12th fret is under a 16th and not a buzz in this critter....Man I love this guitar!! I just sold a Jazz 17 that was 2495.00 from G&J and this is a better guitar believe it or not. The 17 had killer tone over this one but playability none have topped this guitar. Mine came in at 5.2 lbs. but it has ebony fingerboard so maybe a little heavier..........
    I agree about the playability. Mine already feels like an old friend. When I bought a 605 carved top I thought I might sell the 371, but I still ended up playing the 371 more. I guess it will have to stay.

    For some reason, most of the ones turning up on eBay are priced higher than the local dealers.

  9. #8

    User Info Menu

    I'm really digging this guitar. Having too much fun playing to take the time for some decent shots...here's a quick side by side photo.



    I took a few more measurements...

    Neck thickness at center of 7th fret:
    G: 1"
    E: .850"

    Top Thickness:
    G: .185"
    E: .172

    Lower Bout:
    G: 16.25"
    E: 16"

    Pickguard Thickness:
    G: .110"
    E: .205

  10. #9

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by martinopass
    Thanks, man. Geez, that picture certainly makes me want an AR371...seeing as I can't swing an ES175. Other than the flame top on the Gibson, it looks the same to me...with the bonus of not having an unused bridge pickup.
    Having both, I can honestly say you wouldn't be missing anything by getting the 371. I've owned many Gibson guitars in the past, and still have a couple, but the prices on them are getting crazy. I know there's the whole wage/overhead/insurance/etc reasoning for why a US made guitar costs more than some imports, but what they've done with this guitar at this price is amazing, overseas or not. It's truly top notch and there are many things I like about it better than the Gibson. The top 3 being weight/neck pickup only/acoustic resonance.

    I don't know what the original pickup sounded like, so I don't know if the '57 Classic that's in it is really an upgrade or just a modification. I do know that I can dial in a great tone and never feel like it would be improved if I was playing the 175. I almost hate saying it, but at this point, I prefer it over the 175. I know I'm still in the honeymoon stage so things may change down the road, but for now it's taken center stage.

  11. #10

    User Info Menu

    Hello all!

    Posting-wise, I've been somewhat absent due to school starting again, however, I wanted to share my new guitar, as it is my first archtop.

    I had been waiting to try an Eastman for a while, as the only dealer in town that carries them also receives very few, very sporadically. So it was a bit by fortune that they receive one of the models I was interested in hopefully purchasing, and not one of the really expensive models!
    When I tried it though, one of the things that really appealed to me was the neck. It was a little reminiscent of an amazing guitar I tried at the Montreal Guitar Show, and combined with the feel and the sound, I decided to get it.

    Here's one photo! Maybe more will come later!

  12. #11

    User Info Menu

    Congratulations. From what I have read about this model, it performs like any high end Eastman, which means that you have a pro level guitar that should serve your needs for many years to come.

  13. #12

    User Info Menu

    What materials are the split-block inlays made of?

  14. #13

    User Info Menu

    On the one I had they appeared like genuine inlays...not the stick on's like the Epi Reissue. It's a lot of guitar for that amount of money...needs a new pup, but hey very nice, imo!

  15. #14

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Klatu
    What materials are the split-block inlays made of?
    Yea, they look like genuine inlays...they also have a pearloid look to them, but not heavily featured though. Same with the writing on the headstock.

  16. #15

    User Info Menu

    The guitar is actually really nice and fairly comfy to hold. The neck is not as sticky feeling as I thought, but I've also just played it so much that my "finger essence" covers it. For a rosewood board, it's nice and smooth, frets are great. Everything looks and feels and plays fantastic. There's also a bit more acoustic sound and tone than I thought there'd be.

  17. #16

    User Info Menu

    Yes, the acoustic volume impressed me too, for such a small plywood guitar.

  18. #17

    User Info Menu

    I've come to really dig the classic violin finish of the AR371! I could see myself going for one at some point.

  19. #18

    User Info Menu

    Congrats on a beautiful guitar. Love that tobacco sunburst!

  20. #19

    User Info Menu

    Which pup would be good to replace with?

  21. #20

    User Info Menu

    Congratulations on your Eastman! That looks like a real beauty...

    And, yeah, they're pretty hard to come by. My local dealer has had two so far over about a year (?), with both selling pretty quickly. Both played very well, had a great neck and fine workmanship (much better than the new $3800 blonde Gibson 175 in the store! And I preferred the 371 tonally, too.). My only real issue is with the sunburst quality; yours looks like it has a nice golden tone in the center, but the two my dealer has had in so far have had a very definite greenish cast to the gold center—just the way that particular wood took to the stain, I suppose—most definitely a turn-off for me. (The dealer totally agrees with me but says he never knows what he'll be getting in.) When he finally does get another one in—with a "real" golden sunburst—I'm very likely to be on it myself. Or I wouldn't mind that "classic" reddish finish elsewhere in this thread (but I've never seen one anywhere except for a few of these mystery photos. Anybody?).

    Not only for the great price, but in comparison to anything out there, the Eastman AR371s seem to be simply great guitars. Best of luck with yours!

  22. #21

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich D.
    Which pup would be good to replace with?
    i'm a fan of the SD '59

  23. #22

    User Info Menu

    I recently picked up an Eastman AR371 which was originally bought at the Twelfth Fret here in Toronto. For those that don't know, it's an unbelievable guitar store so as expected, the setup on the Eastman was perfect.

    All other opinions on the guitar aside (it plays great, intonation is excellent, etc., I picked it up to play some live jazz in an ensemble class so I don't care about the acoustic tone too much - only what I can get out of this thing plugged in.

    The original owner switched out the stock pickup with a SD Jazz which I'm finding a bit too bright. I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on what pickup I could drop in to this guitar to give it a darker tone? I plan on experimenting with amp settings, picking style, and whatever else - but what in general would give me a darker tone?

    Any experience with the KA hand wounds in a guitar like this?

    Thanks for any help!

  24. #23

    User Info Menu

    The Duncan "Jazz" is actually poorly named, as it's ironically known for being a bit bright. Try a Duncan Alnico II Pro or a Gibson '57 Classic. For something more pricey, a Lollar Imperial (regular wind) would be good. There are tons of choices. I have a KA hand wound but it's a floater. It's very juicy and strong, which works on my particular guitar. On a laminate as a set-in pickup I don't know if it would be overwhelmingly dark or not.

  25. #24

    User Info Menu

    I put a Seymour Duncan Classic 59 in mine and it is excellent. It gives me exactly what I'm looking for in that guitar.

  26. #25

    User Info Menu

    If you're looking at Duncans, the Seth Lover model seems popular among the jazz cognoscenti.

  27. #26

    User Info Menu

    This thread is right in my wheel house because I'm considering replacing the pickup in my new AR403.

    I've been considering a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover or a Gibson Classic 57.

    The stock pickup in both the AR371 and AR403 is a Kent Armstrong licensed, Chinese made HPAN-1 I believe. Or HPAG-1 for the gold one.
    Last edited by hallpass; 11-14-2012 at 11:17 PM.

  28. #27

    User Info Menu

    Is there something wrong with the Kent Armstrong pickup that came with your guitar? I have a couple of Eastmans that came with what I consider to be very good pickups.

    Come to think of it, my Heritage guitars also came with very good pickups. The only guitars I own where I sould want to swap out the pickups are my Hofners. While they come with good pickups, I think I would prefer regular sized humbuckers to the mini humbuckers that come standard. Unfortunately, the Hofner pickup mounting system makes swapping pickups difficult.

  29. #28

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Klatu
    Is there something wrong with the Kent Armstrong pickup that came with your guitar? I have a couple of Eastmans that came with what I consider to be very good pickups.
    I'm not sure if you're asking me or the OP, but I've seen input from many that seem to prefer other pickups over the stock Kent Armstrong licensed pickups in Eastmans (not to be confused with the Kent Armstrong made pickups). So for me, trying one most seem to like for jazz (like the Classic 57 or Seth Lover) is appealing.
    Last edited by hallpass; 11-14-2012 at 01:57 PM.

  30. #29

    User Info Menu

    Don't forget that the placebo effect is strong when it comes to pickups. There are many who claim to hear big differences between pickups, but often times what happens is that they have paid big bucks to "upgrade" their instruments, so it would make them look foolish if they didn't notice significant improvements in sound.

    Another issue I have with pickup swapping is that unless there is really a big difference in pickup type or output, the differences can usually be made up with a slight twist of the tone knob of an amp. Of course, this wouldn't apply if someone were to have installed active EMG Zack Wylde pickups in your L5.

  31. #30

    User Info Menu

    Yea, I hear that. In fact, I've never made a pickup change on any of my guitars ever for that sort of reasoning. So if I do this one, it'll be my first.

    Back to the OP, I have heard the Seymour Duncan Jazz is a poorly named pickup as others have mentioned. I would be more apt to try the Armstrong made pickup you mentioned. Or the Seymour Duncan Seth Lover or Gibson Classic 57.

  32. #31

    User Info Menu

    The KA pickup that came with my 371 had a very acoustic sound to it. Clean and clear. There is nothing wrong with that. However, I wanted a slightly heavier sound, closer to Kenny Burrel or Grant Green. I agree that you could get the sound from adjusting your tone knob or adjusting your amp settings. But, you can also get a different tone by changing the pickups. When these types of threads come up, it always seem to be half the people saying the pickups make a big difference and half saying that it's all in your head. I personally believe that both sides are a little bit right. And, at the end of the day, If a new pickup makes you happy, go for it.

  33. #32

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Klatu
    Another issue I have with pickup swapping is that unless there is really a big difference in pickup type or output, the differences can usually be made up with a slight twist of the tone knob of an amp. Of course, this wouldn't apply if someone were to have installed active EMG Zack Wylde pickups in your L5.
    +1 to that.

    Many guitarists have a default guitar volume and tone setting of all the way up. On my Eastman (I don't even know what kind of pickups I have, they're stock), I usually have the tone and volume around 6 or 7 which darkens them up a bit. I control performance volume with a volume pedal.

    The other thing I've noticed is on some of my guitars I have to turn the tone way down to have much of a perceived effect. On my Strat, I sometimes play the front pickup with the tone set at 2 or 3, on that guitar the perceived tone doesn't change much until I get to about 3 on the dial. Experiment with the full range of tone and volume settings.

  34. #33

    User Info Menu

    Another vote for the Duncan '59. That's the pup that was in my Super Kenny Burrell. Perfect jazz pup for my tastes.

    Although, imo, the '371 itself is bright sounding as are most Eastman archtops, so I'd not anticipate gaining darker warmth from them via a pup change. The guitar is what it is.

  35. #34

    User Info Menu

    I just installed a Duncan '59 on my D'Angelico Excel NY SS. It sounds super awesome.

  36. #35

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Klatu
    Is there something wrong with the Kent Armstrong pickup that came with your guitar? I have a couple of Eastmans that came with what I consider to be very good pickups.

    Come to think of it, my Heritage guitars also came with very good pickups. The only guitars I own where I sould want to swap out the pickups are my Hofners. While they come with good pickups, I think I would prefer regular sized humbuckers to the mini humbuckers that come standard. Unfortunately, the Hofner pickup mounting system makes swapping pickups difficult.
    I honestly haven't even tried it. I bought the guitar with the SD Jazz already installed by the previous owner. Since I don't love the sound I'm just thinking that someone else has had the same experience I've had and had some positive results.

  37. #36

    User Info Menu

    Quote: Originally Posted by miken
    The KA pickup that came with my 371 had a very acoustic sound to it. Clean and clear.

    Quote Originally Posted by hallpass
    That's how I would describe them too so far to my ear.
    My impression exactly. So clean and clear that I was initially wondering if the store's demo amp was set 'oddly'. But no. During my store demos I came to really enjoy the tonality and feel of the guitar. A lot. (Actually, I'd like to get one as soon as they manage to get one in that doesn't have a subtle greenish cast to the yellow of the burst, found on both examples coming thru my local store so far.)

    Anyway, I actually liked that clear and clear tone a lot. In my own usage, I probably wouldn't be thinking about replacing the stock pickup unless I was just curious to indulge in a GAS-related mod.

  38. #37

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by miken
    The KA pickup that came with my 371 had a very acoustic sound to it. Clean and clear. There is nothing wrong with that. However, I wanted a slightly heavier sound, closer to Kenny Burrel or Grant Green...
    I've never had the opportunity to play an older '50s ES-175, with the reportedly thinner plate construction, so I'm wondering if the sound of these AR-371s is somehow going for that earlier feel and tonality. So, is Eastman going for more of a visual ES-175 cloning with the 371, a tonal similarity, or (I would assume) both?

  39. #38

    User Info Menu

    Does anybody know exactly what that stock AR371 pickup is? Specs at Eastman's website simply refers to it as a 'single mounted humbucker', and I'd think that Eastman would be touting the KA name even if it was 'merely' designed by KA. And isn't the 403 the same pickup? (It has the same description online.)

    BTW, it's the same 'anonymous' naming designation for the 500-level models; the KA name isn't mentioned until you get to the 600-level models. No big deal, just curious; I really like the sound of the AR-371 as is.

  40. #39

    User Info Menu

    I've changed the pickup in my Eastman 803 for a Seymour Duncan '59, sounded good, lots of bass and highs as well. Changed it recently for a Shadow Attila Zoller AZ-49 I had lying around, I like it alot. Less boomy with flatwounds and great definition. But I would like to get some of that warmth of a PAF(to contrast the brightness of the Guitar), so maybe a Seth Lover will be next(I believe it's less hot than the '59).

  41. #40

    User Info Menu

    It's a Kent Armstrong licensed HPAN-1 (the gold one is a HPAG-1, same pickup different color, G for gold N for nickle, etc). Retroman mentioned it in another thread and I think I mentioned it somewhere in this thread.
    Last edited by Dirk; 04-30-2020 at 09:32 AM.

  42. #41

    User Info Menu

    I just got an AR371—it's awesome as you know. The stock pickup sounded dull. My favorite pickup on an archtop is the Kent Armstrong "PAF 0" floater: the back one with no poles. I asked for that in a full-size shell and Kent sent me his normal PAF. It was way too beefy for my taste. I tried a Surf 90 and it was pretty close but could get a little strident. These were all with roundwounds.

    Then i stumbled upon one of Jim Soloway's for sale threads which had one of his outstanding clips with the Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAF (DP103). I just got one and it was exactly the sound i was looking for: articulate, very little compression, with a little bit of "burn" on each sustained note. It was a huge change from stock.

    For $65 i got exactly the tone i was hearing in my head and it was a perfect match for this guitar. I highly recommend checking them out if you like lower output, vintage-y pickups that give you the clarity of the guitar without being too bright.


    (I know this thread is old but just did some pickup swapping and thought it could be relevant.)

  43. #42

    User Info Menu

    You really should spend considerable time adjusting the height of the pup that's in there already. Lowering the pup height is often ​the solution.

  44. #43

    User Info Menu

    I recently purchased an AR371 as well. I'm loving the sound of the pickup. I intended on putting flatwound strings on it but I'm really liking the D'Addario's that come on it. I've changed pickups on other guitars only to regret it later. Lesson learned.

  45. #44

    User Info Menu

    Well...I get to join this club! Just now came home with a AR371. It's quite a nice guitar! Strange how the sunbursts seem to differ. Mine is not a greenish hue like I've read about, but a gray-ish hue. Actually, I like it very much. It's just a little subtle color change that sets it off from all the other standard bursts.

    Regarding the stock pickup, I like it. I wouldn't change it for another PAF style because I think it does a nice job. It isn't muddy, rings nice and clear, and is balanced.

    But what I am going to do is have Pete Biltoft send me another one of his P90's for sure. Then I'd have the best of all worlds: a decent PAF, and a P-90 with choices of AlNico II and AlNico III (orIV?)

    I've had one of these in another hollow body, and I can attest to the fact that he makes a fantastic pickup.

  46. #45

    User Info Menu

    I continued to struggle with mid and low-end mud on this guitar on chords. I went through 7 pickups to find one i liked: KA PAF, DiMarzio 36th, Surf 90, Arcane Gold Coil, DiMarzio EJ Custom, SD Jazz, and EMG H1N. The EMG H1N was the real surprise, and for this AR371, it was the clear (both obvious and auditory) standout. The low output and string definition are a huge asset here. The EMG is pretty low output so there isn't much compression, so the strings sound open and alive. I'm guessing this is the "classic PAF" quality i read about.

    For anyone who has a big-bodied laminate that wants a nice clear sound, with lots of string overtones retained, i can't rep the EMG enough. It actually almost has a Gretsch-like clarity to it: that mix of woody and metallic, but just soft and warm enough that strumming and playing hard don't sound abrasive. While it doesn't sound quite like a DeArmond, it has the same qualities i like about those pickups, but it is dead quiet. Worth a gamble at $35-45 on eBay (or $70-ish new).

    Eastman AR371CE Arrived - Quite Impressive-img_20130902_093124-jpg
    Last edited by spiral; 09-02-2013 at 11:01 AM.

  47. #46

    User Info Menu

    Having coveted it for a while I am thinking of pushing the button on an acquisition of an Eastman AR371. I have played it, but I would be interested in the views of others in relation to the following questions.

    Is there anything else I should consider at the price (sub £1000)?

    I am a bit confused about finishes, in store I have played a 'vintage sunburst' and seen a 'natural' too. Is their a 'sunburst' which is a different more orange burst or is this just different saturations in photos on the web?

    I have always played flats, but I notice they always come with roundwounds on. Have owners out there stuck with rounds or switched to flat?

    What are your thoughts on the standard pup? Their is a supplier here in the UK who offers upgrade to bareknuckle mule/manhattan for about £100. I put a bareknuckle pup in my Epi JP which transformed it so I'm tempted!

    Finally for owners out there what was the factory set up like?

    I'd be very grateful for any views.

  48. #47

    User Info Menu

    Having just picked one up (used) a few days ago, here are my impressions: fabulous guitar! Light as a feather (5 pounds), construction on mine is flawless, "classic" look and shape which I absolutely love. The neck is on the shallow side, and wide (1.75 in) which you need to find out if it works for you. It fits me like a glove, which I am surprised about because I thought I preferred clubbier necks. Finish is lovely; I think it's nitro but in any case it is quite thin, so none of that "dipped-in-plasic" feel which you get from, e.g., Ibanez Artcores. Mine has a bit of that greenish/grayish tint, but nothing that would upset the eye. It came strung with .012 Chromes, and playability/setup is A+ (perhaps the previous owner already had it setup by a pro, I don't know if they come from the factory that well set up).

    Sound unamplified: obviously a laminate guitar, but every tone rings like a bell, subjectively the Eastman is 1.5 times louder than my Gibson laminate. Amplified: clear, acoustic, but not quite enough midrange for my taste. Overall score: 8.5/10. Astonishingly nice guitar (and not just for the price).

    OK, so what's not so good? A peek through the soundholes reveals that Eastman put mini-Alpha pots in there, and quite dodgy-looking wiring. So, I immediately ordered CTS pots, braided wiring, etc., got out the old solder iron and brought the wiring up to Gibson specs (which, by the way, required reaming the holes for pots as CTSs don't fit). Soundwise this made little or no difference, but now the pots feel a lot more confidence-inspiring. Have a look at the image for the original wiring harness.

    Next, the pickup. The neck PU is a KA-designed HPAN-1 pickup, which by itself is not bad (in fact, here in the UK, as an aftermarket part it costs about £60, so not particularly cheap). But as I said, the sound was a bit "flat" and too acoustic, with somewhat less output than the Gibson 57 classics in my other guitar. I happened to have a DiMarzio DP103 in my drawer which I hadn't used in a while, so I put that one in, and the electric sound is remarkably transformed, with more bass and mid-range, and higher output. Every note has a nice "snap" to it, even when played with the tone rolled off a bit. End-result: 9.5/10 - what a remarkable little guitar!

    However, I cannot for the life of me understand why Eastman would put such cheap wiring into a guitar which in most other aspects seems to be a serious competitor for a ES175 - for years we have been complaining that Gibson laminates were over-built and the early ones with presumably thinner plates were out of reach. Along comes the AR371 which is great, and the good people at Eastman try to save a few pennies by not putting professional grade wiring it in. I just don't get it. If you like tinkering (as I do) and don't mind working on the electronics a bit (due to it being a single-pickup guitar, this is really rather straightforward), it is easy to turn a good guitar into a great one with minimal effort. However, I can understand folks who want a guitar that is great without modification, and would be turned off by this.

    Hope this is helpful,

    N.



    Eastman AR371CE Arrived - Quite Impressive-eastman-jpg

  49. #48

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by neuroscan
    However, I cannot for the life of me understand why Eastman would put such cheap wiring into a guitar which in most other aspects seems to be a serious competitor for a ES175
    Because it costs only $700 and a new 175 is close to four grand?!

    This was a great review, BTW.

  50. #49

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by rpguitar
    Because it costs only $700 and a new 175 is close to four grand?!

    This was a great review, BTW.
    Yes, but I think Eastman could probably order a bucket of decent pots for peanuts, and save me the trouble of having to re-wire the guitar. I would have happily paid the additional £10, which is approximately what it cost me to order the parts!

    Despite my complaints about the cheap electronics etc., I think this is just an astonishingly nice guitar. I read with great interest the discussions on this forum about hand-carved tap-tuned tops sprinkled with vintage fairy dust etc. But really, isn't an instrument like the AR371 all that one needs? IMO, the youtube clip by soundpure reflects the tone of this guitar fairly accurately (even before modification). That's a pretty gorgeous jazz tone, no?

    By the way, one unexpected problem in rewiring the Eastman was that the ground cable to the tailpiece (the red cable in the image) was so short that I couldn't get the pots out of the guitar without loosening and puling out the cable on the tailpiece end, which required unscrewing the tailpiece itself. Apparently the folks at Eastman installed the pots with the wire attached to the volume pot and out the hole by the tailpiece, then pulled the wire out as much as possible and cut it off by the tailpiece, stripped the insulation, and then tightened the tailpiece. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind when intending to swap PUPs with the original wiring.

    N.

  51. #50

    User Info Menu

    Great review neuroscan. I had the exact same thoughts about the wiring on my AR 403. This should be an easy and cheap thing for Eastman to remedy. The cheap pots and wiring (and I'm not crazy over the pickups they use but I guess that's subjective) is not on par with the excellent overall quality of the rest of the guitar. Either way I don't think you can go wrong buying one of these.