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❌SOLD❌ Eastman ER2 El Rey Thinline Archtop Red, 2006


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The Eastman ER2 El Rey – The King – is the result of a co-operative design effort between Eastman and Los Angeles luthier Otto D’Ambrosio to produce a new, small bodied but fully operational archtop electric guitar.

In creating the Eastman ER2 El Rey, Otto D’Ambrosio chose to put the largest mass at the neck block to emphasise sustain and build the rest lightly for resonance. The compact design draws the bridge towards the tailpiece, bringing the low-position frets closer to the player and that can be very comfortable.

The Eastman ER2 El Rey is designed to produce a full archtop sound from a smaller, much lighter body – it is only 14 inches across, a bit bigger than a Gibson Les Paul. Otherwise it has a relatively typical archtop construction – solid, hand carved spruce top, solid and hand carved flame maple back, solid flame maple sides and neck, and ebony for the fingerboard, bridge base, and tailpiece cover.

For electronics, this model carries two Kent Armstrong HPAG-1G humbucking pickups and has standard wiring. All the metal hardware is gold plated.

The scale length is 25 inches, and the dark red stain finish is nitrocellulose lacquer. The fingerboard has position markers that look like a nod to the Gretsch ‘Neo-Classic’ or ‘thumbnail’ markers.

This is an early example of the Eastman ER2 El Rey. It bears no serial number but was built around 2006. This guitar has been used as intended and it has an amount of finish wear on the cutaway where the sides meet the top and back, plus expected play wear marks on the top and back.

It plays very cleanly, and the light weight and compact size make it very comfortable. This model seems to be popular with Swing style rhythm players, and it’s easy to see why once you pick it up.

A well-fitting black hard shell case, possibly original in quite good shape is included.


Price: $1,250.00 CAD
  • Model: ER2 El Rey
  • Year: 2006 | Approximate year
  • Finish Red
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: N/A, dates to 2006
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 28/10/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.368lbs 2.44kg
  • Scale Length: 25in 635mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.5mm
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