Ok, I bought my life after near death guitar

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by radd, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Ya, the vote was overwhelming, buy the guitar. Like I really needed any encouraging.

    But, sticking with my one in one out rule, one had to go. Not gretsch, rather my other Eastman, the blond one. It is a spectacular guitar, just stunning workmanship but two things drove me crazy. The jack would get in the way of the Bigsby if ya did not use a right angle plug (I could have lived with that) the nail in the coffin was the fact it was butt heavy. I sit and play a lot and I was always fighting the neck. It is a Eastman T 496b (b for bigsby). I played the T486 and it balanced fine. Kinda weird because my two Gretschs, one hollowbody and one thinline, with Bigsbys balance fine.


    I traded my blond for a redhead.

    Again stunning all hand made quality, Ebony fingerboard, nitro finish, all top quality American electronics, pots, jack, switch. The bone nut is perfectly dressed and shaped and the intonation, relief and string heights are perfect.

    If you have not checked out Eastman, ya really should. I found my “335” and it crushes my Gibson 335 I unloaded a few years ago.

    As for my “saved my life” son in law, he doesn’t play guitar but he needs a new good quality chop saw....I’m thinking there is one in his future.

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    Last edited: Oct 8, 2019
  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Well worth living for!
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  3. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Congratulations radd . . . for both recent events!
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  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Congrats on the new guitar! Your intentions for your son-in-law "thank you" gift are a great idea too!
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  5. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Synchromatic

    Mar 20, 2010
    Congratulations on the new redhead, it is a real beauty. I really hate to ask, but is there any correlation between giving the life saving son-in-law a chop saw, and the blonde Eastman needing a weight reduction? Just had to ask....
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  6. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    Beauty, Enjoy.
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  7. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Congrats. The Eastman at my local shop have been very nice.

    I also get the near death experience thing and picking up a new guitar. Life’s and death is more like walking a tight rope than most people realize. Enjoy playing that red in the new comfort with ease. Props for sticking with your one for one rule too. I do the same thing.
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Sharp !
  9. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    The case it comes standard with is just about as stunning as the guitar.

    But, ...........No jack plate. That will change soon :D
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  10. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

    Jul 23, 2019
    Very nice wood grain on both. I have never seen an Eastman in person, they look very nice.
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  11. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    This is the reverse of how it usually goes. Most guys buy a guitar, then they have an NDE when they have to face their wives. :)
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  12. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Congrats! That binding is amazing.
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  13. DHart

    DHart Synchromatic

    Jun 26, 2019
    Gorgeous! Congrats to you - for surviving and for the Eastman. Eastman make excellent, very well-crafted instruments, indeed!
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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    ........ atta boy :)
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  15. dafreeze

    dafreeze Friend of Fred

    What a stunner, congratulations. And forgive me, was this the scary choking story I read about?
  16. Eastman can make some good stuff. Had a 371 when they first came out, and for the price you couldn’t beat it for a hollow body electric. Just felt better than the epiphone entries. Also have a Eastman mandola and a AR610 acoustic archtop. It looks flawless when you get it. An American made version would have cost upwards of 5000. It plays and sounds great.
  17. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Nice but I can't imagine why you need gojo in that clean area.
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  18. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

  19. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    Well, I worked on my motorcycles for the last 50 yrs until I sold my last one a couple years ago. . Old habits I guess.
  20. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Lovely geet,congrats on both the geet and breathing !

    My local has Eastman's in stock ,but i daren't try one !
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