NGD: Eastman T64/v

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Tony65x55, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    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!

    Eastman T64 Front 2.jpg Eastman T64 Back.jpg Eastman T64 Headstock.jpg Eastman T64 Pickups.jpg Eastman T64 front.jpg
     
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  2. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    735
    Jan 9, 2013
    California
    Man, that guitar is beautiful.
     
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  3. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congratulations on that gorgeous guitar.
     
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  4. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Tony, Tony, Tony! Congrats and I admire a fellow who doesn't mess around "thinking about it!"

    Enjoy that beauty
     
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  5. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    What model of guitar stand do you have?
    (And where has the blue SG already gone?)
     
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  6. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Life is too short. You can always sell them if it doesn't work out.
     
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  7. NJDevil

    NJDevil Synchromatic

    951
    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Congratulations Tony!!!!

    In one of my 2 to 3 hour visits of Rudy's in NYC, I have trued all the Eastman's they have including this incredible guitar. You are 100% on target on your comments on the quality.....it is 2nd to none. Incredible tone and so damn good that, if you dial into a tonal output you were not expecting, you just know that you hit the jackpot.

    I love everything about it.....the neck, the sweet tone of the P90s, the quality of the build.

    Outstanding job by Shamus for caring for a valued customer so much to display this!! Outstanding!! I have a feeling the honeymoon will be long.....Enjoy!
     
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  8. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    The guitar tree stand is made by Yorkville Sound. Very useful, it holds six guitar with a pretty small footprint. I have seven of the trees and two floor racks that hold 24 Strats and Teles. Then there's a bunch in cases. Here is a link to it

    Th SG is in my SG Tree. I use that one stand for photos because the light is reasonably good.
     
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  9. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Thanks, man. Shamus is terrific and really knows his stuff. The shop is good too and I've bought a bunch of guitars from them. They treat me very well.

    Eastman guitars are not inexpensive but they are worth every cent you pay. As you say, the quality is second to none. I had an Eastman acoustic and it was like this. Great quality, great sound. Sadly, the two of us didn't love each other and we parted ways.
     
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  10. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Seven of them!
    Hard to believe they're stable enough when you see one naked. But I suppose they are.
    Not sure they are available in Europe though.
     
  11. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    They're solid as a rock and very stable. I'm sure L&M would mail one to you.
     
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  12. Scott Fraser

    Scott Fraser Country Gent

    Jan 14, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Congrats on the purchase. I have two Eastmans & everything you say is very true. Instruments of the highest quality, hand made, gorgeously finished.
     
  13. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I don't really understand why they aren't more popular. Every component is top of the line. I guess more people need to find out about them.
     
  14. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    I can't stop seeing that tuner install! But beautiful guitar!
     
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  15. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    389
    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    The necks are too thick for my tastes, but they seem like great quality overall and a great deal for the price.

    And I am bummed about the necks, because aside from Gibson, it's hard to find a nitro semi/full hollow.
     
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  16. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats again Tony!
     
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  17. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, beautiful guitar!
     
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  18. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    Beautiful guitar

    Eastman. I’m not sure there are a better made production guitars on the market than Eastmans.

    I own an Eastman thinline that I have been playing all morning and I would not be surprised if another Eastman was not in my future.

    The only Eastman negative, the only Eastman forum is usually just crickets. :( Ya get a far better response showing an Eastman here. Gretschies are very supportive of lots of marquees.
     
  19. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

    422
    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    I loved every Eastman I have tried, haven't bought one - YET... The T64 is one of the models that really call out to me.
    One minor correction to the OP: While Eastman does use high quality Jescar fretwire, it's not stainless steel.
    Also, I'm wondering which model mrcoffee23 tried - while they do have slightly wider necks (1-3/4" nut width, except on the solid bodies and a very few hollowbodies), none of the ones I had a chance to try (AR403, AR503, T49, T486, AR372) had a chunky neck, they all had rather average medium neck thicknesses in the .8" to .85" range...
     
  20. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    389
    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA

    I didn't measure it, but it was a 486. Too beefy a profile for me so I ended up returning it.
     
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