After 12 months of collaboration between Eastwood Guitars and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis (The Dirty Three, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman) the new Eastwood Tenor Guitar here. This is the fourth in a series of uniquely new stringed instruments from Eastwood Guitars which include the Airline Folkstar, the Airline Ukulele and the Airline Mandola.
Posted by g.singlaub, founder acme records on 27th Feb 2015
I own a 1972 Fender Mustang (first solid body electric I bought) & when my wife brought this groovy tenor to my attention I was amused & pleased that the Eastwood chose to model their electric tenor after the tiny but terrific Mustang. I have a five pack of Strats - but I would be lying if I didn't report that I am smitten with the sweet slim contour body and silky neck action of the Mustang, and the Warren Ellis tenor is a pleasure to hold.
It is light weight and has a small footprint - I would estimate that the tenor is lighter and the neck is slightly shorter than that of a Mustang. As I bought this guitar for my wife - its size is perfect for her, is very reminiscent of a vintage Fender Mustang and does not feel like a toy or a beginner's guitar. As mentioned by another reviewer, the width of the instrument's neck allows for a broader spacing of the strings which increases playability. This is a solidly built professional guitar that I would have no qualms about using in a professional setting (recording and/or live). The intonation is clear down the neck. The neck itself is playable and sweet, very reminiscent of the Fenders that I play.
I bought the 2 pickup model, and without a single pickup model to compare it to, I can simple state that having multiple pickup options is a good thing. I should point out, however, diverging from the Mustang set up, the Eastman tenor gives players the choice of on/off for the pickups (essentially giving the player 3 choices of sound) while a Fender Mustang gives the player on-off/forward & backward choices (i.e. - the pickup selectors on a Mustang are 3 way). That said, the neck pickup gives a nice and smooth jazz sound (especially with the tone attenuated) and the bridge pick up gives a brassy tele-type of sound (with the tone accentuated). I personally prefer having both pickups activated. I have played the WE tenor through both a 70's Fender Deluxe (groovy hot and thin surf sounds) and a Roland bass amp (deep cool and beefy jazz tones) and am pleased with the range of sounds I am able to get out of this tenor.
As pointed out by another reviewer, there is only (as I understand) one model of the Eastman tenor that is built with the famous Fender Mustang "Dynamic Vibrato" - the super-slinky and sonically expressive wammy that I prefer (as opposed to the Strat "Floating Vibrato"). I, like the reviewer before me, would really love to have Eastman include this feature on more of its tenor guitar models, but this certainly does not take away from my overall satisfaction and excitement of having this interesting, useful, fun and well-made guitar in the studio.
If you're on the fence - pull the trigger...you won't regret it.
Posted by Ethan Brashears on 18th Feb 2015
I got this instrument because I have a music fetish for 4-stringed instruments. I play bass and ukulele, and wanted a guitar, but I never did well with the standard 6-string. I saw this instrument, and I fell in love. I heard it, and fell more. I bought it, and I seriously can not play it enough, it's so good. I especially love the wider spacing on the neck, a little bit more like a bari uke; it makes it so much easier for me to play. (My picking skills are very poor) the tone of this beast, forget about it. It's sweet, warm, but can also be incredibly crunchy and have a serious attitude through a high gain tube amplifier. The shorter neck is also very comfortable. All in all, it's a geniously crafted instrument, I'd highly recommend whether you're playing 5ths, or Chicago. (I'm playing Chicago, because I'm a hack.)
One thing I wish, is that I could have gotten the trem bar on my 2P. I'm a huge fan of trem, and am a bit disappointed to see it on the model released after my purchase, and not on mine. A small gripe that has nothing to do with the quality of the instrument. Just my preferences.
Posted by Paul Hogue on 16th Jan 2015
The thing to keep in mind is that although this is a tenor guitar, it is almost a new instrument. The spacing on the bridge makes you approach the playing of it differently than a regular tenor. I understand now why some prefer to use this as a soloing instrument rather than accompaniment. In either case the unique sound of a tenor is there. Frankly, it's a beautiful instrument. I got the one in Sonic Blue, and love the color. I'm glad I got the humbucker for the added tones. The sound of the two pickups combined is amazing.
Posted by Paul Salyers on 10th Dec 2014
I got this after finding the usefulness of my Eastwood Mandocaster lacking. I am a guitar player turned mandolin player (mostly just acoustic) and wanted electric sounds for recording. The Mandocaster gave me far fewer sounds and options than this W.E. Tenor. I changed the strings and tuned it GDAE (like a mando) so I could would not have yo transpose all of my chords and notes. This thing simply rocks with a hot blade PU, HB and the ease of 4 strings tuned in 5ths (or 4ths if you prefer). Since I see the fretboard differently tat a 6-string I have been really exploring and finding great new sounds. Only played thru my Crate acoustic amp...but it still kills it. Full 5 stars cuz it's so unique and damn useful.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Aug 2014
I got this in April and it ruined me for playing my other instruments. I run this through a Vox modelling amp and it's really a great combination. The mini humbucker is REALLY hot and has a fantastic sound. It's hard to believe that such an unassuming instrument can have such presence and everyone who has heard me play has been amazed. I had a Soarsey archtop tenor and always wanted an electric version but didn't want to pay the huge price tag that comes with other brands. This is a great deal and a quality item. The finish on mine is perfect, the controls are smooth and it has a solid feel to it. If you're considering this and are unsure, you can put your uncertainty aside; this is a fun instrument to play and you won't be disappointed.