This tribute to the 1960's Airline H77/78 - which at the time was also available under the brands of Harmony and Silvertone - covers all the best parts of the originals, but kicks it up a notch for 2014. True in almost every detail to the original, "upgraded" features include the new Gold Foil Argyle pickups, a modern roller bridge for tuning stability, a center block for Bigsby stability and feedback suppression.
Posted by Blair Hogan on 29th Sep 2014
I just received my H-78 about a week ago and I haven't put it down since it got here. I've wanted one since they announced it (and wanted an original as long as I can remember) and finally bit the bullet and ordered one, and I'm so glad I did.
It's my fourth Eastwood. I also have a Tuxedo, an H44 and a Bighorn. I've got a lot of guitars and my Eastwoods have been a fixture (especially my Tux) on every tour and session since 2009 when I bought my first one. I get people asking about them every single night, and I'm constantly swearing by these guitars and telling whoever will listen that I've never gotten more guitar for my money. I can already tell that this H78 is going to be my main guitar for a lot of years to come. Thanks for making the coolest looking, best sounding and most affordable guitars I'll ever play. One day I'll own them all!
Posted by Mike in CT on 24th Sep 2014
Appearance: What can be said really... it's just beautiful.
Tone: Vintage single coils on a short scale. A lot of vintage chime clean with a hint of single coil bell tones ringing in. Bridge pickup is very bright as expected. The mid pickup is a bit fuller, with a little more spank to it, typical of a mid position. The neck pickup is not quite as thick as one might expect, but it still retains that rich tone you would expect from the neck position. All three pickups do a really nice job of complimenting each other in any of the varied pickup combinations. Speaking of which, the pickup switches have a very solid action, your not going to knock one out of position by accident. The tone pots are very smooth, so dialing them in is a piece of cake. The volume pots are a bit more sensitive, especially at the higher end.
The neck of the guitar is a little smaller than I expected for a guitar like this, but that just makes it that much easier for most folks to play. I'm more of a tree trunk guy myself, but I'm not particular either, so a little skinny doesn't bother me.
So what more can I say... I love this guitar! Even if I never played it, it would still be great just hanging on the wall as a piece of artwork.
Posted by Unknown on 21st May 2014
Looks: Amazing. The Honey Burst finish is definitely one of the slickest, nicest colours I've seen on a guitar.
Sound: Really bright chimey tones when clean. It's not as fat on the neck pickup compared to other guitar but still can get real jazzy with it. Crunches really nice with some drive, overall pretty damn good.
Playability: First thing I noticed is its abit heavy towards the tail of the guitar. Which is to be expected with 3 pickups, bigsby and centreblock. But its worth noting as some people may find it abit uncomfortable coming from lighter SG's and Strats. Other then that it is fine in terms of neck profile (thin), action height and hardware simplicity. Feels great playing slide as well. Bigsby and roller bridge is a great addition, no issues with tuning.
Negatives: Pickups are slightly wonky and sit not so sturdy, especially the middle. That's being really picky though, and I don't really care to much.
What I reckon: I would really recommend buying this guitar when looking at arch top/semi hollow body guitars. If you are a fan of the more older tunes of TBK as I am, you can punch out some killer tones with fuzz chucked in. This guitar really does take the Harmony H78 and give it a modern twist . While the full hollowbody and DeArmond pickups of the Harmony are what make it so good and better in some peoples mind. Who has tons of money to pay for vintage guitars. Ive tried Gretsch eletros and Epiphones (all around $1000 or under) but I settled on this guy and Im glad. Great guitar for a pretty great price.