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.
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Posted by hippiekarl on 12th Jul 2016
I've had mine for about a month and a half, now, and had the chance to play enough to share my impressions:
Mine came set up well, and close to standard tuning out of the box. It was a B-stock, but I've failed to find any supposed blemishes in the finish (as described). It sounds better, I think, with a 2x10" or a 2x12" cab (maybe because you can hear some bottom that's not as present with a 1x12", as some reviewers have noted). It might be a little thin and trebly if all you use is say, a Blues Jr. or Champion 600-type amp. Mine has it's fullest voice through my SF TwinReverb or Carvin X100B w/2x12". Plenty of tweed grit with the gain up on middle/neck, too....
This'll never be my 'play-the-whole-show' guitar (20 frets precludes wailing in a couple of keys, for me), but it has a great voice for T-Bone Walker through Crazy Horse type stuff(!)....
Here's my complaint with this otherwise '5 star' stage-guitar: mine, at least, is wired in such a way that ALL 3 tone pots affect any/all pickups; they are ~not~ each dedicated to their own pickup as you might hope or assume. That was a real disappointment to discover, but I'm not going to spend $100 to return it over that (I may pay a similar amount to someone nearby with a shop to re-wire them properly, though, since I can't get my hand inside an f-hole guitar). I have 17 guitars right now (this is my 4th Eastwood/Airline, along with a CalRebel, a lap steel, and a Stormbird), and this one and my Blueshawk are the only ones I can't get inside of.....sigh!
This is a good-sounding, offbeat guitar; somewhere between a Gretch White Falcon and a ES-335, and I'd recommend it to any blues guys/classic rockers/rockabillies, tone-pot issue notwithstanding.
Posted by Ross on 7th Jun 2016
I have been eyeing an airline guitar for some time now and was looking at the MAP for a few years. I never took the plunge for reasons unknown.
Any way a few weeks ago a stumbled across this reissue of the H78 (how i missed this being released i dont know). Being a massive black keys and Dan Auerbach fan i just had to have this guitar. As this is the guitar Dan uses during live shows for there "early music section" this was the tone i have been chasing for a while. I am pleased to say this guitar can deliver that tone by the bucket load especially with the right pedals in front of a cranked valve amp.
The guitar was well set up from straight from the box and i didn't need to touch a thing on it although i wanted to as i like having a play with these things. The finish on the frets is brilliant at this price point and has no fret buzz or high frets from what i can make out which is in stark contrast to an electromatic gretsch i have which seems to buzz all over the place.
Although this has a center block installed (unlike its namesake) it does not seem to affect the vintage tones you can obtain from this guitar and if anything i prefer it for the sustain and warm tone it adds.
I was a little hesitant to order an airline because it is not a make which you see everywhere all the time in the guitar world. I read a few reviews to see how the quality of manufacture was and they were all positive so i took the plunge and i am so glad i did. The build quality is fantastic and the finish and set up on point. The included hard case was another bonus and is top notch again in the quality department. The gold foil pickups are just magic and the tonal options endless with each one having its own switch as well as a tone a volume. I find the neck blended with a little bridge pickup sounds fantastic and it sounds every part a vintage axe.
Needless to say Carl at Eastwood UK looked after me and answered all my questions (i had a few to say the least). He even done me a nice deal on an airline strap which is also fantastic.
If you are not sure whether you should buy this guitar my advise is you most defiantly should.
Posted by William Gibbons on 7th Jan 2016
When I saw that you were offering an updated H-78 model electric guitar, I just had to get one while I could. I simply love the guitar, it's tone, it's quality of finish, and the way it feels and plays! These comments are coming from a Stratocaster and Les Paul fan, so this was a different type of guitar purchase for me! I am so glad that I got the guitar while I could! I was afraid that if I did not get it when I did, I may not have had another opportunity. I particularly like the pickups on this guitar, and the way I can use the pickups in many different combinations, letting me make many different types of sounds, and now I can play music that sounds more like some of the original recordings. It really has a classic 1960's tone, and I really like the deep sunburst colors! One last thing - the bound fret board is very easy to play! Great job! It is so much like the original, but better!!!
Posted by Steve E. on 30th Sep 2015
I've got guitars that are double the price of this thing and this guitar holds up as well or better. This is the nicest next of the dozen or so guitars I own. Beautiful finish. Has to be seen in real life. I will definitely be buying another Eastwood!
Posted by Nungesser on 30th Sep 2015
I never write reviews because I'm selfish and ungrateful, but I had to in this instance because this guitar is so gotdamn gorgeous. Not only does it induce semis with its looks alone, it purrs like a young Jennifer Aniston whispering "I love you" the next morning. You won't regret buying this guitar.
Posted by Mike in CT on 30th Sep 2015
A lot of guitar for the money
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.
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