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    Actually had it for around 3 weeks now. It’s excellent and I much prefer its tone to the Eastman AR503CE (now sold).

    These things are subjective I know but I couldn’t dial the nasal treble out the Eastman, even with a custom pickup change and it had a couple of dead spots.

    These are expensive for Korean made (although setup in the USA at Comin’s workshop) but I’m planning on keeping it a long time.

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    Congrats! Hopefully you continue to enjoy it.

    I have a Comins GCS-1es and love it, though I do wonder if I should have got the full hollowbody version instead, like yours... I'm saving up for my first archtop.

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    As an Eastman AR503CE player, I am very happy for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    As an Eastman AR503CE player, I am very happy for you!
    Apologies, mentioning the Eastman was putting my foot in it somewhat. I think it was probably my particular example as I’ve heard better sounding demos (if I remember correctly including yours with a Bare Knuckle p90). Mine didn’t seem to like C notes either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbuckr
    Actually had it for around 3 weeks now. It’s excellent and for quality of tone it blows the Eastman AR503CE (now sold) away.

    These things are subjective I know but I couldn’t dial the nasal treble out the Eastman, even with a custom pickup change and it had a couple of dead spots.

    These are expensive for Korean made (although setup in the USA at Comin’s workshop) but I’m planning on keeping it a long time.

    Congrats. I tied one of these briefly and thought it was really nice. Great playability, and a really good sound, also very comfortable to play,

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    Just wondering how the acoustic volume seems vs the Eastman AR503CE.

    I actually have two AR503CE guitars here. I have not noticed any dead spots. The two guitars definitely sound different. The older one has characteristics that I think give it a little more personality on the initial attack and perhaps make it a little more acoustic sounding.

    I often wonder about the string and tuner interference that I have seen on the AR503CE guitars. That GCS16-1 has good string separation on the head stock. I see Eastman has been improving the separation on some their newer models, but they don't seem to be going back and changing the older ones.

    Any buzzes or rattles with the new guitar? It seems I always end up struggling with rattling hardware any time I get a new guitar with a hum bucking pickup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielleOM
    Just wondering how the acoustic volume seems vs the Eastman AR503CE.

    I actually have two AR503CE guitars here. I have not noticed any dead spots. The two guitars definitely sound different. The older one has characteristics that I think give it a little more personality on the initial attack and perhaps make it a little more acoustic sounding.

    I often wonder about the string and tuner interference that I have seen on the AR503CE guitars. That GCS16-1 has good string separation on the head stock. I see Eastman has been improving the separation on some their newer models, but they don't seem to be going back and changing the older ones.

    Any buzzes or rattles with the new guitar? It seems I always end up struggling with rattling hardware any time I get a new guitar with a hum bucking pickup.
    I’m sure this will vary guitar to guitar and the Comins is all laminate vs the solid top on the Eastman. However I’d say acoustic volume between the two is comparable. I’m inclined to say the Comins has an edge there but could be mis-remembering.

    The main difference to my ears is the solid, piano like attack the Comins has. Also the EQ is different with the Comins being warmer and rounder. Playing the Eastman through my Henriksen Blu, I had treble and presence dialled down to 25% or less with low mid and bass boosted heavily and guitar tone way down...I found it still too bright until the tone control was virtually zero’d. The thicker string notes sounded a bit hollow. On the Comins, it’s good to go with most dials at noon.

    Initially there was some string buzz on the Comins with harder strumming but it was due to the pickup being raised too high on the treble side. That’s disappeared completely by lowering the pickup. I’ve tinkered with the action a bit and strung it with 13 Jazz Bebops. String height at the 12th is around 2.2mm low E and 1.75mm high E which feels about right. Plenty of room to lower further though.

    And yes I agree the headstock string separation on these Eastmans is a worry. Solved on the ES-335/0 clones with a narrower headstock flare but still present on their full hollowbodies.

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    I purchased a Comins -gcs-16-1 with the Violin finish yesterday. After playing it for a couple hours, then changing the RW strings to Flat TI 11's I'm really pleased with it. I'm on a 2 year wait with Mark C. and seeing I wasn't happy with what I have now, I'm glad I made the purchase.
    I'll add more when I do my NGD post!

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    Still strung with TI Jazz Bebop 13s but I have a set of Jazz Swings waiting to go on. This is recorded via XLR from the direct out on my Henriksen Blu.


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    Congratulations, its a beautiful guitar...I have a gcs-1es and i love it! I really don't think it's expensive for a Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese or whatever...I think it's cheap because of the high quality of construction and materials! And frankly, compared to instruments made in the USA, more expensive and sometimes worse...even more!

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    That's a gorgeous lam spruce top. Hard to argue the price when Sadowsky are asking between 5k-6k for something similar.

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    That is a beautiful instrument. Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    Thanks to @Strbender …this has been like two NGDs for the price of one!