If my memory serves me correctly, Eastwood first introduced their Airline H44 back in January of this year (at Winter NAMM 2007,) as an inexpensive, updated & upgraded remake of the classic Harmony H44 Stratotone––a funky little slide guitar from the ’50s, with a neck the size of a small tree trunk, and some seriously down ‘n dirty humbucker tone.
The guitar has been getting rave reviews ever since.
Eastwood’s rendition of the Stratotone, known officially as the Airline H44 DLX, sees the single pickup of the original replaced by a shiny new pair of mini-humbuckers, and gone too is the neck-through-body design––reworked with a much more adjustable and reliable set maple neck.
The body is built of solid Ash, and the instrument also boasts a rosewood fretboard with 20 frets (24 3/4“ scale length,) floating wooden bridge with a compensated saddle, vintage ”open back“ tuning machines, and 3-way pickup switching.
Anyway, if you’re in the market for a cheap ($499 street,) funky, and dangerously raunchy blues/slide guitar you might want to check out Vintage Guitar Magazine’s rather short but informative review of the Eastwood Airline H44 DLX––first published in their May 2007 issue, and now available in PDF format from Eastwood’s website.
Well worth a look. You might also want to check out the video demo while you’re at it… about halfway through, Joey Leone gets into some nasty-fun solo work, though slide work is conspicuously missing.
The audio demo, however, is what truly satisfied my soul––guitarist Luther Tatum has his Airline H44 sounding like a freakin’ freight train.