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Eastman SB59V Single Cutaway Solidbody Electric, Amber

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The new Eastman SB59V is a new, high quality interpretation of the familiar single-cut, solid Maple arched top – Mahogany body design, and it is impressive.

Though unequivocally drawn from the classic Les Paul design and in particular the most desirable 1959 models, the Eastman SB59V is not a slavish copy. Many visual differences are clear, including the shapes of the headstock and cutaway. The body is constructed of a carved, Flame maple top laminated to a one-piece Mahogany slab body. A Mahogany neck with a bound Ebony fingerboard is attached via a longish tenon joint. The neck has a vintage style ‘V’ profile.

For frets, Eastman installed Jescar FW47104 medium jumbo wire is installed and the fretwork is impeccable. The stock setup overall is quite good, but of course every player will require personalized adjustments.

For hardware, the Eastman SB59V a set of vintage-Kluson style tuners with plastic Keystone buttons are at the head. These are quite smooth, far better than original Klusons, have a great look, but also importantly are lightweight compared to full-bodied tuners such as locking models or Roto-Matics. This helps with balance, but also the slight reduction in weight at the head can help avoid breakage should the guitar tumble.

A standard tune-o-matic and stop tailpiece combination are at the body, in an ‘antiqued’ nickel finish, and Lollar pickups are installed with a standard wiring harness.  Earlier models used Seymour Duncan ’59 pickups. 

Eastman is very good at lacquer finishing. For this line, there are three finishes – Amber, Black, and a darker sunburst. All are ‘reliced’ finishes, not abused but with wear in the places where players normally cause wear – though not the kind of denting from, say belt buckles or jean pocket rivets.

Tonally – there are some differences from the originals. The use of an Ebony fingerboard as opposed to Rosewood gives a little more immediacy to pick attack, slightly brighter with more sustain, and lots of what might be called ‘spank’. It sounds great!

These are great guitars, and well worth checking out.

The original Eastman hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $2539 CAD
  • Model: SB59V
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Amber Vintage
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New, 12750980 shown.
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 16/07/2019

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.95lbs 3.61kg
  • Scale Length: 629mm 24.75in
  • Nut Width: 43mm 1.6875in
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