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 Anna Frances Meyer- Les Deuxluxes- https://www.facebook.com/LesDeuxluxes on 21st Sep 2015
BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENT! The Warren Ellis Signature Tenor is my main work-horse for all of my shows, the price is right they look great and they sound amazing too. This Metallic Margarita model is to die for with it's beautiful mirror pickguard and sparkly green, I can't wait to whip it out at my launches. Slight problem when I took it out of the case (after playing it for a few hours), the pickup sunk into the body because the spring under it got dislodged (customer service told me that might have been because of rattling during shipping...customer service is excellent by the way), I fixed it easily, just hope it won't happen during a show! I have the cherry version of this guitar with a single coil pickup, this 2 pickup version has a nice range of tone between pickup one and two and both together. I shouldn't complain too much about these guitars because the price is so reasonable, but the fact that they don't have an adjustable truss-rod makes life pretty difficult (note from EW: incorrect, the truss rod is adjustable from the heel of the neck like the 60's Fender models), and the tuning pegs are really cheap and not adjustable either, i've had to invest in new ones because they slip pretty dramatically. However, this is the only new good-looking and sounding electric tenor on the market, so if you only play tenor like me, you're hooked once you start with this company if you don't have budget to invest in vintage or custom tenor guitars. I ask a lot of these guitars on stage tuning wise and movement wise, they do the job well and Eastwood's service is personal and design is excellent!
Posted by Ben on 21st Sep 2015
After years of waiting, finally pulled the trigger and got my Eastwood tenor yesterday. I would have written a review earlier, but I have not been able to put this little baby down!
I have yet to nail down an amp to pair this instrument with (leaning toward a Vox AC4TV), but this guitar sings through everything I've plugged it into. I even ran it through a headphone amp and into the AUX plug of my car stereo (I was not driving), and it was beautiful. I'm glad I waited for the dual minihumbucker version, though I'm sure all the configurations have something great to offer.
Concerning the truss rod adjustment mentioned in the other review, it looks like they've switched to having the truss rod being adjustable from the headstock, instead of the base of the neck. Of course, it was all set up perfectly and ready to go straight out of the box...
The feel of this tenor is perfect! It has taken just a little while to adjust to the wider neck (coming from an acoustic tenor), but it really feels more familiar from a guitarist/bassist point of view. It's the best compact size and is so comfortable to play standing or sitting.
As far as the looks go, I could ramble on forever... Let's just say the pictures don't do it justice. That green is so distinct, acidic, and looks... alive! Paired with the maple neck and mirror pickguard, it looks like it's rockin, even when it's just sitting in a guitar stand.
Eastwood has a great thing going with this line of tenors, and I see a great future in this instrument. If tuned in fifths (CGDA or GDAE), it is a much different instrument than your standard 6 string. Get on the cutting edge and order one NOW!
As for me, I gotta go... It's calling my name...
Posted by ben on 21st Sep 2015
It instantly became my go-to instrument. Tenor tuning took some getting used to, but it's worth it. Sounds great clean or with lots of fuzz. Love it!
Posted by Bob Roth on 21st Sep 2015
Will start with the possible negatives, lest I forget them. Website never explains what 2P stands for. First figured it out from watching the video. Don't know if the guitar neck has a truss rod. Wish black version was available, although I am well satisfied with the Cherry Finish version. Positives: Case is a well made Fender clone. Don't believe the recommended fitted case will fit the guitar very well. Played it safe and ordered the Fender style case. No instructions with the guitar. Figured out the slide switches from the internet video (have to watch it closely). Have been looking for a four string electric guitar for years. Mostly expensive vintage acoustic versions can be found. This guitar is perfect for a tenor banjo player or a ukelele player. I'm a plectrum banjo player and plectrum guitars have been extremely rare through the years. Have never seen one. I took a chance on this guitar to see if it would work for me. Although it has the same number of frets as a plectrum banjo, it has a shorter scale. It has a 22 inch scale, while a plectrum banjo has a 27 inch scale. Whether you are a banjo player or a uke player, you'll probably have to change out the strings. The original strings can be tuned to plectrum or first four strings of a regular guitar (like a uke), however the string tension will be hard on your fingers. Gosh, I'm very well pleased with the guitar, more so than I figured I would be ordering it blindly. The on-line music houses don't carry the Eastwood brand and I wish they did. GC and Sam A** stores don't carry the line, either. Eastwood makes a wide variety of guitars and basses.
Posted by Bill Griffin on 21st Sep 2015
This instrument is so well made, a really faithful repro of the early sixties Mustang - with the obvious difference. Beautiful finish (Cherry in my case), nice sounding pickups, great neck. Love this thing.
The string spacing is a bit wide, but I can get used to that. My one complaint - the position dot on the 9th fret should actually be on the 10th fret if weʻre talking tenor guitar or octave mandolin (my tuning). Guitar players will like it, mando guys not so much. Once again, I can get used to it, but...
Good job Eastwood - proud to be part of the family. And, as the saying goes, "I get it".
Posted by Robin on 14th Sep 2015
Sounds good, looks good, intonation and fretboard also good. What else is there to say? Oh yeah, the customer service at Eastwood is great! I bought it after watching some presentations on youtube, and I'm more than satisfied with it. Thanx, Eastwood! :-D
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