NGD, it does not measure up....

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by radd, Aug 17, 2021.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    The Eastman Romeo SC arrived on schedule from UPS, a 3,000 mile trip.

    It arrived in perfect shape. It is absolutely stunning, truly amazing fit and finish, Nitrocellulose and the most beautiful Ebony fingerboard. All components, top shelf stuff worked flawlessly.

    The problem, my Tele crushes it tone wise. I’m down to a very small herd and each guitar must fill a different niche. As stunning as the guitar is I don’t need what it does.
    For now my Eastman 386 I picked up for dirt cheap and had to do a fair amount of work on stays. It was leaving to make room for the Romeo but even the humbuckers in that 386 sound better than the Romeo humbucker.

    Of course I could start chasing tone with different amps and pedals but I would rather play guitar than start down that rabbit hole again.

    The Romeo goes back.


    The Tele that will never leave


    The Eastman that stays for now

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2021
  2. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Well, now you know.
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Fully understand. Kind of an "all that glitters is not gold" scenarios.

    If you went down the amp/pedal rabbit hole again, this beauty might just be "it" or not.

    You're thinking like I am now. I have a nice little herd, and it'll take something really special to displace any of them. A hard "test" to pass. Neck feel, finish and tone with features I like, it's got a good chance.

    No more rabbit holes. It's about the guitar as it is.

    Best of luck with all of this.
  4. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    Parting is such sweet sorrow Romeo!
  5. Landshark2020

    Landshark2020 Gretschie

    Sep 4, 2020
    Love that Tele!
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    That's too bad Radd . Good luck with the tone search
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  7. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Good to make the decision now and send it back, rather than try to fix it and end up selling it anyway.
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    That’s a shame, but it kinda looks like a hybrid of what you have already and surplus to your needs. Good decision!
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  9. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    If it isn’t doing what you want I don’t blame you for shipping it back. I’m personally at 5 guitars and with one in, one out, it would have to be a very special guitar to displace one of those 5.
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  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    If it`s not for you it has to go no matter how cool it looks. That`s a sensible decision.
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  11. AZBrahma

    AZBrahma Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    Stinks that it won't work out, but good on you for being objective about it. I've reached the same point, except I still have too many guitars. Working on that 'problem' now.
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  12. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    I hate when a purchase doesn't do what you want.
    To bad it had to go back. One of the problems with not being able to test drive before a purchase.
    Good luck on finding a guitar to fill your void.
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  13. Chet Harrison

    Chet Harrison Gretschie

    Apr 27, 2020
    Well that's a buzzkill.
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  14. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    I am sorry to hear that, but you made a wise decision to send it back. Trying to modify a guitar with no sentimental value, can be an expensive slippery did the right thing.
    When this happens, I always try to remember that good things come to those who wait.
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  15. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    Buh-bye Eastman!
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  16. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Yup, dropped off at UPS yesterday.
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  17. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    Dig that tele!!!
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  18. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    ....the rest of the story!
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