Most Eastwood models feature tremolos. This time we decided to focus on that famous 60’s Country Classic George Harrison look to develop an instrument with great balance and feel. Maple top back and sides, set maple neck with unique fret markers. It's made for that everyday player that can stand and twang for hours!
Posted by Jean Globensky C/O Johnny B. Guitar Workshop, Montreal, Canada on 13th Jul 2015
Well, A while back a Friend of Mine purchased a (Eastwood) Custom twelve, as usual, he brought it to me to do a set up, as it's a normal thing to do when you purchase a new Axe. .... Behold, I took it out of the Box, and I HAD NOTHING TO DO, a perfect set up, low action, Pickups were adjusted to the proper height, the crowning of the frets was impeccable, ...just plug and play! Great comfort for a 12 String, the width of the nut is perfect not too narrow (a La Ricky), the Jingle tone is there, (not a copy of a Rick) but nice sounding 12 string tone, If you are undecided on what to get for a GOOD 12 Strings, this is the baby to get!
Posted by Mike McWilliams on 8th Feb 2015
I treated myself to this guitar for my birthday in November as I've always wanted an electric 12-string. I ordered it direct and got it in about 2 weeks (due to a backlog in customs) but it came fairly well set up. Tonewise, it was outstanding, but I didn't care for the one-saddle-for-two-strings set up, especially in the G pair where I couldn't get both intonated properly with one saddle.
I ended up buying an ABM 12-string bridge with 12 individual saddles and having it installed and set up by my local luthier. The bridge was pretty pricey, but now the guitar just sings thanks to 95% perfect intonation everywhere on the neck. This added about $150 to my overall cost, but well worth it. Even without an amp, the guitar just rings loud and true.
Build-wise, the neck is straight, wide but comfortable, and action low and really, a comfortable guitar to play. The finish is deep and gorgeous. It's not perfect: the f-holes are not smooth and have gouges from the router, but hey, this was only a $500 guitar and the playability and beauty of the finish makeup for its flaws.
Everyone that has heard it love the sound and thus I would recommend this model if you are looking for a 12-string. The sound is as good as Ric and it's perfect for those jangly tunes of the 60s.
Posted by Randy L. on 20th Jan 2015
Received my Classic 12 - Walnut recently. I wasn't sure what to expect at such a low price-point, but figured I could always return it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with not only the craftsmanship but more importantly the playability. I was also impressed that it was in tune although a half step down. It has a very full sound, not twangy like some I've tried. All of this and a 3 year warranty.
What a pleasant surprise. Not sure how they do it at that price , but glad that they do.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Sep 2014
Excellent guitar. Has a nice amount of jangle. Extremely easy on the eyes. Only gripes are that one of the frets wasn't filed down properly and the strings were not saddled correctly. Other than that however, a really finely crafted instrument. Glad I went with the walnut color. Striking!
Posted by tdubh on 27th May 2014
Have been gigging solo(mostly) with my Classic 12 for approx 7 years. This is hands down, the best electric 12 for the $ to be had. Well-balanced, stays in tune, comfortable neck; a most versatile guitar.
Get one; you won't be sorry.
Posted by John Burdick on 27th May 2014
Honestly, have you ever heard a 12-string electric that didn't sound pretty cool?
No, this is lovely guitar and I have enjoyed having it immensely, for about 5 years now.
Set pickups to middle position, bridge pickup to 10 and then dial in neck pickup to taste.
Have tried it with the famed Pyramid Gold flatwounds but discovered that, IMO at least, this guitar prefers a good 'ol cheap set of roundounds. It has plenty of warmth as it is. Flatwounds denied it bite and jangle, somewhat. I put some D'addarios back on and the thing sprung back to life.
It's strength and uniqueness, I think, is that it CAN be a woody and warm 12 when you want it to.
Plays great, good build quality. I have played some of the low end Eastwoods (Storm Bird, etc) that didn't blow me away with sound or playability but if the Classic 12 is indicative of what you get for 500+, I am impressed.
One complaint and only one really: the tuners are COARSE. As if it weren't already enough hassle pulling a 12-string into tune. Nothing wrong with the intonation on mine, mind you, just a problem making fine adjustments with these tuners. (Agin, mine is 5 yeas old or so, and I believe this complaint has been lodged many times, so maybe there has been a change).
OK, One other minor complaint: the not-so-cheap custom case is actually not a great fit for the guitar, but what are you going to do? Maybe they've changed the case since I bought mine?