NATIONAL MAP Guitars were made in the USA from 1958-64 by VALCO and sold through Montgomery Ward. This AIRLINE® MAP is a tribute to the NATIONAL Newport Guitar from 1962. Today they are played by people like David Bowie, The Cure, Calexico and White Stripes. Original MAP Res-O-Glas models now sell for $3,000-$5,000.
Posted by Jorge Navarro ...the Cuban Cowboy on 1st Oct 2015
I own a CBS-era Tele Deluxe. I own a Gibson Les Paul (Studio) and Melody Maker (a nice one...not cheesy Musician's Friend-ey model). I've played an ass-load of high end guitars in the 30 years I've been playing. But when I got my hands on my first Eastwood-Arline (my trusty, sea foam green 2P) back in 2010. it quickly became my main guitar. But wait, isn't this supposed to be a review for the MAP? Well...it is. I just bought one and gigged with it for the first time at a large, outdoor festival here in San Francisco. With teary apologies to my 2P, the MAP is now my main guitar! Like the 2P, the available tonal range is muy impressive, and the meatiness of the tone (in general, particular on 'outer' switch settings...neck/bridge) is superior to that of my 2P...it could have something to do with the body shape and weight (it's heavier than the 2P) and attendant body sound chambers. In any case, this sucker rocks and is super fun to play (acoustically, too!). I play-mix traditional Cuban music (son, rumba, montuno) and indie rock, and for what I do, it works and works extremely well. I'll submit another, more tech-spec driven review soon, but, for now, I am too impressed and happy to not submit this one.
Posted by Brad on 1st Oct 2015
I've had my white MAP DLX for almost a year now - and it's a good time to review. I've put it through its paces, played big gigs and little gigs, recorded a bit, rattled some windows - this thing can easily handle most anything you could throw at it. Smooth as butter on a hot biscuit. Holds tune really nicely, even with the Bigsby. Only issue I've had is a little loose input jack, but that's an easy adjustment.
I bought it B-stock, from the web, sight unseen, and honestly can't tell where the heck this thing had a flaw. Set up was really good right out of the box (although, always a good idea to get any guitar set up to your own playing preference/style). Super impressed with Eastwood's overall service.
After playing it for close to a year, I still feel as good about this guitar as I did when I first got it.
Posted by Ally Lee on 1st Oct 2015
I've owned this guitar from new for a couple of years now ...
Great build quality and looks (I get a lot if people asking about it ..)
Really comfortable to play,great neck (it's quite big which suits my large hands)
I've put a couple of Mojo goldfoil/filtertrons in mine to give it a more twangsome tone BUT the stock pickups sounded ok ....
Would love to have the matching Baritone ....One day - one day .
Highly recommended if you're looking for something a little different
Posted by The Adam on 1st Oct 2015
I got this guitar in a trade and was really worried that the humbuckers would be dark and midrangey but to my surprise they were not! They have a lot of brightness to them! and the bridge pick up has that nice vintage twang! like on The Beatles song "Day Tripper"
This thing is eye candy and sounds great to boot! It can cover a multitude of styles: Rock, Country, Jazz, Metal, Surf, ANYTHING! You should stop reading this review and just buy the guitar!
Posted by Gregg B on 1st Oct 2015
Being a lefty I have always found it difficult to find guitars to add to my growing collection. Having spotted the green Airline Map online one day, I new that I needed this guitar to add to my collection. The retro-surf- look to it alone screams this is a cool guitar. I went on to the co. website and ordered the guitar and cool harshell case and received it within a week. Well I am pleased to say the guitar plays as well as it looks. My band plays punk, country, hard rock, rockabilliy and this thing handles them all with ease. My band mates always mention the versatility of the sounds and even though I bring gretsches and les pauls to the gigs as well its the Airline that people always want to talk about. The neck is fast and comfortable and the Bigsby is an added bonus. Its a lot fo guitar for $950