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Airline Tuxedo - Black

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Product Description


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

  • Body: MHollow-body, Maple Top, Back, Mahogany Sides
  • Colours: Black, Sunburst, Copper, Left-hand Black
  • Pickups: Two Custom Hi-Output P-90's
  • Switching: 3-Way
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone
  • Bridge: Trapeze Tail, Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Neck: Set Neck, Bound Maple
  • Finger Board: Rosewood, Block Markers
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2" (648mm)
  • Width at the Nut: 1 11/16"
  • Hardware: Vintage Style Open Back Tuners
  • Strings: D'Addario #10
  • Case: Extra
  • Unique Features: 1950's AIRLINE "Coat of Arms" logo on Pickguard


Additional Specs and Setup Guide

Product Videos

  • EASTWOOD AIRLINE Tuxedo Guitar
  • Eastwood Airline Tuxedo Demo
  • Eastwood Guitars Airline Tuxedo demo - Keith McFadden

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  1. A (mostly) great guitar absolutely full of vibe.

    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.

  2. It Pays to Advertise

    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!