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 Timothy Cossar on 17th Nov 2016
So as a long time guitar nerd/Warren Ellis fan - this was a no brainer. Watching him play his original custom tenors and now the Eastwoods on the last few tours made it a must have.
After chasing down my UPS man, I finally had the chance to sit down in my studio and play. Three hours later and multiple tunings on the tenor, I'm a happy guy.
I chose the stripped down version as I'm all about neck pickup sounds + I knew the guitar would be quite bright. Sound wise, I have a one trick pony and very happy about it as it will be used for a song here and there mixed in the set. Other folks reviewing it complained about the one pickup, but they're simply not paying attention to their options.
The playability is almost perfect out of the box, a few tweaks as any new guitar needs and boom. The scale and spacing is exactly what I expected and the sound is amazing w some natural spring reverb and a couple delays. My only, and I mean only gripe was the color. I chose the dark cherry red as the photos look almost like a wine red which is my favorite color scheme. Mine arrived as almost a fire engine red stain. I'm guessing I received the light end of the variant, so it looks like I'll need to be doing refinishing as red is just not my thing. Oh well, the sun still rises.
Overall, I'm very happy that Eastwood made this and that they continue to do great work for their customers. Thumbs are up for Mike and the gents out in Toronto/Chicago.
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
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