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.
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Posted by Nick on 15th Dec 2016
I've played guitar for a long time, but I've never had an instrument tuned to 5ths before. Holy mole is it fun. I find myself coming up with very different types of licks and melodies that I wouldn't have done on my regular guitars. So glad I bought this guitar.
As to the quality of the guitar itself, it has some minor flaws. It tunes to GDEA or DGBE with the gauges it comes with (32 22 14 10) but you'll need to switch to an 08 on the high string if you want to tune to CDGA (despite the documentation otherwise). The blade pickup is a bit hot, so you have to be careful in a home studio situation if you have a big monitor or other source of potential noise. The highest frets are quite small, so if you have big fingers like me you might have a bit of trouble on the highest notes. Out of the box too, the intonation needed quite a bit of work.
All that being said, I am very happy I got this guitar, and for the price (I got it 30% off during the black friday sale) I feel like it was a great deal. I'll be using this in recording and for songwriting without a doubt.
Posted by Gary Krause on 6th Dec 2016
Normally, I don't buy guitars sight unseen but, after reading the reviews, I took the plunge. I'm glad I did. I had been looking at it for months but, I already have an acoustic tenor guitar as well as other guitars and ukuleles so, I kept telling myself that the last thing I need is another guitar!
The construction, finish and overall quality are excellent. In fact, it looks just as good as guitars that cost a lot more. I retuned it to DGBE, the same as the top four of a guitar. The action was a little high so I lowered it to my liking and adjusted the bridge for the intonation. The size is perfect. I have full size guitars but, I tend to gravitate to shorter scale guitars like this tenor. It's a lot easier on my wrist and I'm use to playing ukuleles also.
Since I just got the guitar, I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time with it. Good job Eastwood!
Posted by Florencio on 2nd Dec 2016
Good sound, clean, with good harmonics, very good value for money. Very comfortable guitar, easy to play, and light weight.
It has been a surprise its sound and its clear harmony. Pickups: Mini Humbucker & Single Coil, Switching: Individual controls and bridge style tele, work well. wonderful instrument, wonderful sound.
Posted by Patrick Reinholz on 1st Sep 2016
What a wonderful instrument. As a cellist, I have searched for many years to get a guitar type that I could play while using all my cello frame of reference. The closest I ever got was tuning an old explorer so that I had (mostly) the same strings as a cello. With this instrument I have finally achieved my dream!
The first thing I did with this instrument is took all of the strings off. I bought this instrument with the intention of tuning it down an octave. I had tried out the tenor bari, but I did not like how the scale made my wrist feel (using cello fingerings), to much tension. I put on .24 - .36 - .50 - .75 (to get the tension I desired)(yes, the bottom 2 are bass guitar strings and I had to basically unwind them to get them into the tuners)(a guitar shop helped with the nut) and got an instrument that beautifully crosses its tones between the guitar and the bass guitar. I prefer this sound to the sound of the tenor bari. I have been playing and giging with this instrument since October and I could not be happier. I love it so much I also bought the classic tenor (and kept it at pitch).
Posted by Unknown on 27th Jun 2016
Restrung with 16,24,32,42 and retuned as a ukulele with low g
Omg it sounds so good, straight in no effects. This version has two mini humbuckers with enough variation between the two. The bridge is pretty hot. Everyone is blown away when they hear it.
Posted by Joshua Starmer on 7th Mar 2016
Any cellist looking to expand their sound should get one of these. The standard C-G-D-A tuning means all the notes and chords are right where you want them to be. The look of the instrument generates a lot of attention (guitar players will want to know what you're playing) and this one sounds fantastic. I was able to dial the perfect tone between the two pick-ups without any trouble. I only wish I'd gotten one of these a long time ago.
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