I recently bought an Eastman semi hollow, a 335 copy. I was pretty excited about it because I liked it more than my previous gibson 335 it replaced for less than a quarter the price. I have many expensive guitars and while I like them, I'm coming to realize I want "player" guitars that I don't have to worry about.
Since I loved my previous Eastman I decided to contact the company and suggest they do a gypsy guitar line. Turns out they are already in the works and are anticipating having samples ready for winter Namm.
I'm thinking these Eastman guitars are going to blow the other imports out of the water. Especially if the guitars mirror the same quality/price point that their current line up of acoustic instruments have achieved.
I'm really hoping they copied a modern selmer design like a Dupont, I'm guessing that will be the case. In the email from Eastman it was suggested their would be several models so, and again just a guess, they'll have solid wood as well as laminate instruments in both dhole and oval designs.
If you can live with slight binding and finish imperfections than Eastman is a really good bet. Luckily they don't seem to skimp on the frets and playability.