All solid. All carved. Hand built, one at a time, with remarkable high-figure tonewoods. Eastman archtop guitars are individually crafted by violin-trained luthiers, without shortcuts, the old-fashioned way. And they share the appointments of the costliest high-end guitars. Solid ebony finger rest, tailpiece and fingerboard like a Benedetto. An X-braced top and 1 3/4" nut, like a Johnny Smith. All at a price point previously dominated by plywood boxes.
The Eastman John Pisano Model honors the legacy of one of the most accomplished and beloved guitarists in the jazz pantheon. Over a career spanning some six decades John has accompanied an A-list roster of musical legends including Joe Pass, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Chico Hamilton, Herb Alpert and many more. As teacher, mentor and impresario, John has been an inspiration to several generations of outstanding jazz guitarists. His warm personality and generous spirit have made him a personal hero here at archtop.com as well.
Built to his exacting specifications, the Eastman John Pisano sports a comfy 16" body, slightly slimmed in depth, with a finely graduated solid bookmatched carved spruce soundboard. The maple body is available only in this deluxe 880 version of the model, with handsome tiger flame, carefully bookmatched in a dramatic chevron pattern. Lightweight and resonant, the soundboard is finely carved and produces a notably lively acoustic voice, with exceptional balance and clarity. The neck profile is sweetly tailored to the palm in a gently flattened D profile. Finally, the true nitro lacquer finish is very lightly applied, enhancing the acoustic voice of the instrument.
This handsome example has a rich violin sunburst, enhanced with a matte black cover on the Armstrong built-in PAF pickup. At just 5lb. 3oz. the guitar is blissfully light in weight, and floats easily on the lap or the strap. The instrument is in 100% original condition, and apart from a few scattered lacquer nicks, shows little signs of play. If you've wanted to step up to the range and depth of a true hand carved archtop, but balked at the astronomical prices, here's your chance to experience the real thing, at a true player's price.
And the frog? That's John's idea, too. He likes frogs. One only: call now.
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