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!
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Posted by David Paton on 31st Aug 2016
I have had my Classic 12 for 2 months now. Shipped from USA to New Zealand, it arrived in perfect condition in its nicely form fitted case. The flawless finish was more than I expected for the price. I had budgeted for the price of a good set up on arrival but was forced to keep my money as the action and intonation was A1 out of the box. The only attention required at all was to tighten one volume control knob.
This guitar is comfortable to play with respect to neck width profile and width and the tuning has proved to be very stable. The tone both unplugged and amplified is heavenly - enabling most satisfactorily the Beatles-Byrds-Petty vibe I desired.
I have discovered, however, that it does so much more and makes a great creative contribution to The Rolling Hills (our original folk-blues-rock project)
Another lover to have and to hold - I am sure we will be happy together for many years and feel no need at all at this stage to look any further in the range of 12-string electric guitars.
Posted by Tom F. on 20th Jul 2016
Well, this is supposed to be a b-stock but I can't find a flaw. This guitar is everything I was hoping for, big and jangly right out of the beautiful form fitted case. The jangle backs off nicely to give a very nice neck pickup tone with no hint of mud. The crazy part is running it through a harsh clipping disto pedal like my old Proco Rat. Whoa! Too rich to melt your face but bring a hanky because you will need it for tears and such. Great guitar capable of all the typical 12 stringy-ness with some really cool tones waiting for the adventurous to find. This beast is a songwriters dream. There are a multitude of tunes hiding in there and I am now off to find them.
Posted by Bruce on 9th Jul 2016
I am very impressed with the quality of this Chinese- built instrument. The fit and finish are impressive, it's comfortable to play, and it looks really cool.
Sonically the bridge pickup gives a typical 12- string "jangle" very much like higher cost instruments, but I think the neck pickup is a bit too mellow. I think a single coil would have been better in the neck position. One of the things I like best is the 1 & 7/8" nut width. Many electric 12s from such as Rickenbacker and Gibson have 1 5/8 or 1 11/16 and are practically unplayable for people with stubby fingers like me.
I do have a quibble with the tuners. I think the ratio is too low and it can be difficult to zero in on exact tuning, even with a TU-3 hooked up. I don't know what the ratio of these tuners is, but I would raise it a notch. I also noticed that the tailpiece has only six holes, not twelve as you'd expect. I think this might make restringing a bit awkward.
The only other complaint I have is that the pickguard on my example came through quite scratched up. I will contact Eastwood and ask for a replacement.
If you want a great sounding and looking, electric 12 without spending a bundle, this is your instrument.
Posted by Joshua Engel on 27th Jun 2016
This guitar arrived a week or so ago. I haven't had much play time with it. The box was torn up but thankfully the guitar is fine. I like the look and the sound. It felt like it played smooth. Guitar is made in China but played fine.
Posted by Brett J. on 3rd Jun 2016
I took a Classic 12 off of the wall 3 or 4 years ago in a local store, and it made quite an impression. I didn't buy it, but I thought about that guitar frequently.
I made up my mind recently to find one for myself. I couldn't find one in my area so I contacted Eastwood directly. They were helpful and accomodating, and I ordered one.
It arrived intact and on time. The finish was pretty much flawless, and the action about as low as it could be. In fact, there is a little string buzz, but nothing you notice through an amp. I love the sound of this guitar. I'm now having trouble getting things done at home, because I just want to play this instrument!
If I have to be picky, I would point out that the volume and tone pots seem to quite effective for about 1/3 of their rotation and the rest makes almost no noticeable difference. The knobs themselves needed tightening. Intonation needed some adjustment.
One might escape these issues by paying subatntially more.
Bottom line: I love it?
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 1st Feb 2016
I've been in the music business as a Producer/Writer for over 40 years. I own Fender's, Gibson's, Taylor's, and a host of other fine instruments. I needed a good 12 string electric for an important project and was ready to purchase either a Rickenbacker, or Gretsch. I needed to be able to 'count' on the performance and tone of this 12 string to ensure that the project would fit the artist, and not have to waste time tweaking the sound when I mastered the tracks. I read everything I could, watched all the videos, and then contacted Mike (President of Eastwood) myself at his invitation to discus my concerns, as I had never purchased an Eastwood product before. Mike and the staff at Eastwood answered all of my questions, and made it clear that if I was not satisfied, for any of my own reasons, they would welcome my returning the guitar to them with an full refund. So, I took the 'chance' and ordered the Classic 12 with the Hardshell Case. It arrived in 2 days, well packed, and set up properly. I was able to take it out of the box, and right into the Studio and laid down 5 tracks that afternoon. I AM NOT SENDING IT BACK! I was very relieved and impressed with the way the guitar plays and feels. Good Action, Great Tone and Great Pickups. I would not hesitate to buy another Eastwood Guitar for any of our future needs.
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