This AIRLINE Tuxedo is designed after the Barney Kessel model from the mid 1950's and sold under the brands of KAY and AIRLINE. This AIRLINE® TUXEDO is a full hollow body design, light wieght and versatile with a tonal palette suitable from JAZZ to PUNK. Original Barney Kessel models now sell for $3,000-$5,000
Posted by John B on 12th Jan 2015
I was aware of this guitar but hadn't played one until I got one in a trade for a boutique amp. I wasn't really sure I'd gotten a good deal, because although the finish is very good, some of the hardware (the plastic pick guard and trapeze tailpiece for example) looks a bit cheap. But then I plugged it in and OH MY.
It really sounds like nothing else. Immediate 50s/early 60s vibe, a bizarre mix of gnarly and warm, with a big acoustic sound off the closed hollow body. Pickups are pretty hot and pretty noisy, but full of character. Short scale and sweet neck make it supremely easy to play. I have a lot of nice guitars, but this has turned into the one I want to pick up. Really great for playing the kind of gig where you'd normally play an acoustic, works terrifically well as solo accompaniment for voice.
Deluxe Reverb + this pretty much makes you want to throw away all your pedals -- you don't need 'em.
Niggles: pickups are noisy. I will experiment with shielding the covers. Mine came (used) with a grounding problem, which I fixed by removing the tailpiece and fiddling with the position of the grounding wire. Plastic pick guard feels cheap although probably period-accurate, but could use another screw to hold it down as it sometimes rattles. Tailpiece trapeze is too long, but shorter ones are easy to find online and it's a trivial fix.
Overall, a crazy good guitar that is much more than the sum of its parts and I congratulate Mike for having the vision to produce this.
Posted by eric harabadian on 18th Oct 2014
I recently purchased the Airline Tuxedo even though I wasn't really in the market for a new guitar. A chain of events started with a You Tube interview I watched with Mark Farner talking about his old Messenger guitar and how much he dug it. That intrigued me so in my search I come across a video demo with Wendell Ferguson playing it. My jaw dropped and I went to the Eastwood site. I started doing some searches and happened on Wendell's demo of the Tuxedo. That guitar seemed like it had all the tonal and styling properties I was looking for. Then I watched subsequent demos with RJ Ronquillo and David Henman, etc. That cinched it for me! A top quality guitar and case for under $1000.00....such a deal!!! Superior workmanship and a nice balance of retro design and modern technology. You guys hit one out of the park with the Tuxedo!