Eastman Strings has been making quality stringed instruments since 1992 – mostly violins, violas, cellos and the like – but their recent foray into guitars, particularly jazz archtops, is garnering a lot of attention from the music industry.
Word on the street is that Eastman’s attention to detail & craftsmanship, and their quite affordable price range, will more than likely be giving high-end guitar makers like Gibson and D’Angelico a real run for their money.
Now don’t get me wrong, Eastman’s guitars aren’t necessarily what many of us would call “cheap,” but they are very reasonably priced for what is apparently a beautifully crafted instrument.
Those jazz boxes aside, I really love the look of their El Rey Deluxe archtops – talk about unique styling. In this day & age of mindless Les Paul & Strat clones, the El Rey Deluxe Rock really stands out from the crowd. Check out the sunburst finish with matching sunburst headstock… nice touch!
The Eastman El Rey Deluxe Rock Features–
- Hand-Carved Body
- Maple Top
- Mahogany Back & Sides
- Mahogany Neck
- 25“ Scale Length
- Dual Kent Armstrong Pickups
- Two Volume & Tone Controls
- 3-Way Pickup Switching
- Gold Plated Gotoh Hardware
The El Rey comes in three different configurations: the Standard Jazz, Deluxe Jazz, and Deluxe Rock models.