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 Doug Nagy on 25th Feb 2016
When I bought this guitar I had every intention of turning it into a duo sonic with two single coils acting as a humbucker. I didnt need to because the pickup really brings a forceful tone to the amp causing blooms of glorious overdrive distortion.
I first tuned the beast to DGBE like my baritone ukulele and the guitar was great for chording with the strings that came installed.
The reason I bought this guitar however was to use it as a riff machine. Taking advantage of the wide spacing and short scale, I put on fat flatwound strings and tuned it to EADG. I was ripping Ramones tunes with great midrange grunt blasting through the speakers. Sepultura and Judas Priest were next and the sound was massive for such an unassuming single pickup guitar.
The construction is great and the tone of the wood is really something. The biggest fear buying a guitar without testing it in person is that the wood will be garbage - the opposite is true. The quality of the parts at this price is unreal.
This isn't just a tenor guitar. It's a four string war machine that you can adjust to taste. The volume knob is perfectly placed and everything about this guitar is perfect.
In my books, this is as classic an axe as a tele, strat, lp or sg
4 Strings 4 Life.
Posted by don on 5th Jan 2016
I played a tenor guitar over 50 years ago in college. A year ago my wife gave me an acoustic tenor that I play nearly every day This year she gave me a Warren Ellis electric tenor. I have only played it a couple days but it seems a fine instrument for my practice and enjoyment. I am glad to see tenors becoming available again
Posted by Rick Morris on 14th Sep 2015
Just look at it. It's a mustang flavored tenor begging to be flashed around on the Ed Sullivan Show by some fab british invasion band. Yes, it's got the look. And ... even in this single pickup model (only reason it's not 5 star) it has bite and power due to the actual variability of the tone control. The neck is a dream and mine required no extra setting up. I love this machine and look forward to owning another Eastwood.
(dreaming of a Gretsch George Gobel copy)
Posted by Benjamin on 14th Sep 2015
I really got excited when I saw this guitar come out. As a tenor guitar player, there aren't many tenor makers anymore. This guitar has a really good build quality. I also like the rail pickup in the neck. My only two minor complaints that keep it from a 5 star is the neck is a little wide for my taste, and I think that the new two pickup version is superior. But if you're looking for a unique instrument to break the monotony of regular guitar playing... This is it
Posted by Warren Ellis on 14th Sep 2015
I was playing this guitar last night in Milwaukee,the prototype,and in the middle of Higgs boson Blues it dawned on me, this is perfection,some strings,a pick up and nothing else. The beauty is in the fact it's versatility is down to where you play picking hand. I am so proud to have my name on this guitar
Posted by Stephen De Lance on 14th Sep 2015
If you're a tenor guitar player and you want an electric guitar where are you going to go? Eastwood Guitars, That's where. I would walk into Guitar Center and there were hundreds of guitars hanging on the walls and NOTHING for me. Well now there is! A real guitar built from the ground up to be a tenor, not a bastardized 6 string that's never really right. The scale is perfect and the wider neck is really fantastic once you get used to it. Thank you Warren Ellis and Eastwood Guitars for creating this beautiful little instrument. Oh, it feels great and it plays in tune. Get any one you can. You won't be disappointed!
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