In 1991 the world got its first look at the Surfcaster. Geared towards not just the "surf" crowd, but also the country players, it featured a flamed maple top, dual lipstick pickups and a dive bombing tremolo system. We feel 25 years is long enough so we brought back an Eastwood tribute to this wonderful guitar.
Posted by David. on 25th Oct 2016
I wanted one of these after seeing Scott Ian play one and had the chance to get one back in the 90's, I didn't get it and regretted it ever since.
When I saw that Eastwood had reissued this model, I jumped at the chance to get one and have not regretted it.
The only thing I changed was replacing the bridge pickup with a single coil sized Super Distortion. Not because I didn't like the stock pickup, it sounded great, I just wanted the humbucker sound and was planning on doing that anyway. I love the neck, the binding is great and it feels comfortable hanging off the strap.
Thanks for a great guitar.
Posted by Ed Radakovitz on 16th Mar 2016
I feel in love with the look first then the feel and sound. The neck is outstanding. It is silky smooth and plays great. Seems to fit my hand perfectly. The lipsticks sound terrific. I play at home thru a Fender Mustang III to play surf music and rock. I even used it at church with the worship band thru a new state of the art sound system. When clear it rings beautifully and breathes really well. It is a little heavier than I expected but that is not an issue at all. Well worth every penny. I absolutely love this guitar!
Posted by Sean Brickell on 7th Mar 2016
Love the sound, feel and look. Thankyaveramuch!
Posted by Colm Allen on 28th Sep 2015
Ok, so this is my 5th Lefty Airline/ Eastwood lefty. Not withstanding the overall high quality of the other 4, this Surfcaster is off the charts beautiful and functional. I never played a 1989 original but I can only assume this supercedes it.
It looks, from the side, that the neck is a maple slab board, but there is a beautiful rosewood fretboard "embedded" in the neck. I never saw anything like that before.
The book matched maple top is equal to any $4000 Les Paul. Angled inlays on fretboard are accurate to the nearest 1/1000" of an inch, the binding is incredibly precise and the burst is exquisite. The case is a perfect lefty that one would expect to pay $200 for separately.
Dynamic range of angled lipstick pickups goes from muffled warm on neck to screaming high at bridge. If you buy this to replace a Tele, it's not that guitar. The Surfcaster has it's own range and sound, somewhere between a Tele and a Rickenbacker.
There were delivery problems (not due to the Airline/ Eastwood company) Some union or shipping issue, but the company kept in touch with us and told us exactly what was going on and when we could expect a resolution. Only small negative (and this applies to every lefty maker) is that the whammy bar is a righty and has to be bent in a vice to work lefty.
I have 36 lefty's and other than my American Strat, this Surfcaster is in my top 3. Am soon happy I ordered and waited for this gem.
Finally, shoutout to Mike and Airline/Eastwood. NOBODY takes care of lefties like these guys.
Posted by Brad K. on 7th Aug 2015
Eastwood has done it again with their latest edition of what I like to call their "Jurassic Guitars", and this one is a doozy. Faithful to the original in look, feel and sound and if you like me, lusted over them back in their first iteration in the 90's but couldn't make it happen, here is your second chance. Took this baby right to band practice and put her through her paces and she did not disappoint. It was everything I hoped for when I placed my pre-order and came well set up and ready to rock. This is my 5th guitar from Eastwood and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite companies to go to for "new" guitars that are very collectable and fun to play. 2 thumbs up for the Surfcaster!
Posted by Joe Merkler aka. Nor White on 4th Aug 2015
A Beautiful Guitar! Well worth the wait. It Sounds great, and I like the smoothness of the neck and good setup you guys nailed it. Love the Tweed case, but it won't be in it very much. Thanks again!