I'm a sucker for Casinos. I have a 1961 Reissue, a Gary Clark Blak 'n Blu and a most recently, an Elitist Casino - one of the nicest guitars I ever played. Casinos have become a staple in my line-up and it's a rare gig I do without one. Their jangle and penetration in the mix have me totally sold. So there I was, innocently walking into Class Axe Guitars in little Kemptville, Ontario, when Shamus (one of my pushers) says, "take a look at this." He hands me a Eastman T64/v, a thinline hollow body that was simply drop-dead gorgeous. Beautiful workmanship in every way and very high quality parts. Silly me, I fell for the trap and plugged it in and... bought it on the spot. Let me tell you about it. The T64/v is a Casino made by the craftsmen of Eastman Guitars. The finish is stunning, a French Oil hand rubbed into the guitar called Antique Varnish. The neck is Canadian maple with an ebony fretboard. I love ebony fretboards. The tuners are Gotoh Relics, the nut is tusque and the fret wire is highly polished stainless steel. The body and neck are double bound. The sound is killer because the guitar has genuine Lollar dog-ear P90s installed. CTS pots and Switchcraft jack and pickup selector round out the premium electronics. The bridge is a Gotoh Relic TOM type and lastly, the guitar has a U.S. Bigsby B7 installed. The action is low and smooth. For those not familiar with the Eastman line, they are made in Bejing. The company has been making fine orchestral instruments for generations and they have applied this fine level of craftsmanship to their guitar line. Scalloped bracing and tap-tuned wood are just two examples of the luthier's art but honestly, the workmanship is exquisite - Gretsch proline quality. Enjoy the pics!