The ultra-rare 1957 Magnatone® Mark V was designed by Paul Bigsby and now sell for $7500+ in the vintage market. We have replicated it in almost every detail, but as always, made some solid improvements over the original. The guitar has a tone-chambered mahogany body to keep it lightweight and a set mahogany neck for solid sustain. The custom designed EW Alnico SC90's are bright and glassy clean but also respond very well with distortion. We also upgraded to a modern adjustable roller bridge making this one of the best Eastwood replicas ever made!
Posted by Shawn on 31st Mar 2015
I've been interested in this model since it was announced.
I've always been fascinated with the Magnatone Mark V, but they are definitely out of my reach. I was impressed right out of the box with the playability of the Marksman. The action was VERY low (in fact I had to raise it as it was way lower than I usually like) The fit and finish is great. This was a demo model and I could not find one flaw. Only "ding" against it was that the Bigsby appeared to be mounted a bit high at the butt of the guitar. It's not bad, but I might lower it just a hear to make it sit flush on the top. This DOES NOT affect the playability at all, it's just my guitar OCD kicking in. The pickups are really great, and do invoke the classic sounds of the originals. I've only played a Magnatone once, and it was almost 20 years ago, so I can't really speak to how close it sounds to the original, but the guitar sounds great. Nice sparkly highs, but not too strident, deep round lows (sounds great for Chet Atkins style fingerpicking)
All in all, it's a beautiful guitar that also sounds and plays really great. Definitely a winner in my book!