Eastman T185MX Semi Hollowbody Thinline Electric w/OHSCEastman
Remembering Eastman's heritage as a manufacturer of handmade violins, it's not that difficult to trace that lineage to the T185MX. Not content with simply manufacturing another laminate semi-hollowbody, Eastman went all out on these models. The T185 boasts a carved, figured maple top and a carved two piece mahogany back. That's ultra high end jazz box type construction! And that's just the beginning. Throw in a set mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, bound "F" holes, flamed maple wood neck and body binding and a pair of Duncan '59 pickups and you have a spec sheet that can rival all but the most elite level electrics. All of that heavy hardware wouldn't mean much if the guitar wasn't built with the utmost care. Rest assured, it is. The slim taper "C" profile neck is extremely fast and very comfortable. The guitar is very lightweight at 6 lb. 10 oz and tremendously well balanced, either sitting or strapped on your shoulder. The acoustic tone is very impressive and the guitar is wonderfully loud and resonant. The tone is bright, bubbly and fast moving. The notes blow out of this T185 quickly and with incredible precision. All of this articulation never comes at the expense of warmth as the Duncan '59's manage to stay nice and round. The good ones always get played and this one is no exception. There are some chips, dings and small impressions all around the guitar. There are also some light scratches and some light buckle wear on the back. The truss rod over is also MIA. The original hard shell case is included. Considering the new street price on this guitar, the price is a down right bargain. Play wear and all.