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 Mike B on 27th Dec 2014
I took the time to set up this guitar. Put new strings on it (10s) and tweaked it slightly. It was a breeze to set up this guitar. The frets were perfect, no sharp edges and the truss rod adjusted easily. Intonation was smooth and predictable.
Ok so here was the test. I took it to practice, plugged it into my 67 Deluxe Reverb and could not believe how good it sounded. Cleans were distinctive and with a little dirt the guitar just shined. We played a bunch of stuff and it worked for everything. I did not expect this. I thought this would be a one (maybe two) trick pony but I played it for the entire practice. It was so f@&king versatile, I was blown away.
I have 21 other guitars and this baby is up there with the best of them. I can't wait to see how this plays once it is broken in.
Posted by Mike B on 20th Dec 2014
When I received this guitar I was surprised and how they really nailed the vibe of the old H76. It needed a setup but everything I buy needs a setup because I am really picky. The action was actually too low, with absolutely no buzzing. I am going to keep it there to see if I can get used to it. Plays great, has nice tone leaning towards the higher frequencies.
A few minor problems. First the f-holes are way too big, the routing around the pickups was rough, and the pots were not installed as carefully as they could have been. Believe me this stuff is really minor and should not dissuade you from buying this guitar. It is a lot of fun, looks fantastic, and is really versatile. It in on par quality wise with the Epi special editions that came out in 2013.
I would definatly buy another airline/eastwood based on this cool instrument.
Posted by Kevin Menshik on 15th Dec 2014
I knew this guitar would not have a huge bass response in it. A lot of the you tube reviews I watched seemed to be very accurate as far as what you can get out of this guitar for tone.
I do not have another guitar that has this much top end and I quite like it. I would say it is not the most versatile guitar, but what it does, it does pretty well.
-Wood finish, grain and colour are very well done.
-Great tone for more treble and chime-sounding stuff.
-Very playable. No weird intonation or difficulty in making adjustments.
-Great quality for the price.
-Tuners feel cheap. I had to tighten a couple of them right out of the box.
-Set up was not great. Actually, I found I had same problem when receiving my Tux Deluxe too.
-Heavy body. Like really heavy for it's depth and size.
-Related to its weight, the neck feels disproportionately skinny and small.
-This may be fussy, but the knobs for volume and tone feel like the cheapest kind of plastic you can buy. They feel brittle and porous. They also look cheap, which sort of cheapens the overall look.
-Toggle switches also feel cheap and they don't operate that smoothly. Almost like they have a grain of sand stuck in them or something.
Like I said - some of my cons are pretty fussy things that most people couldn't care less about.
I expect I will replace the tuners, knobs and toggle switches at some point, but overall, I really like the way this thing sounds.
Posted by Nungesser on 22nd Nov 2014
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 Steve E. on 24th Oct 2014
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 Unknown on 15th Oct 2014
I just received this guitar a day or two ago, and have only just begun to play around with it.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Stunning looks! The sunburst finish is sweet, and all the hardware and tortoise shell panels look elegant. Playing through a Peavey Microhead and a 1x12 speaker box I was able to get a huge variety of sounds, from sparkling clean to a savage distorted growl. The neck is very playable, the Bigsby works well (and doesn't disrupt the tuning too badly), and, all-in-all, the guitar is as close to an all-purpose one as any I have tried.
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