The AR880CE is a highly refined instrument that is steeped in jazz history
John Pisano has a storied career which includes performing and
recording with numerous jazz legends (i.e. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet,
Joe Pass, Dianna Krall, etc.) Born in New York, John was steeped in jazz
guitar tradition from an early age: he inherited an Epiphone from his
father and later befriended numerous jazz guitar luminaries such as Lenny
Bereau, Chuck Wayne, and Jim Hall. When
John designed the Pisano series of guitars for Eastman, he was able to
draw upon decades of experience as a player as well as a deep knowledge of
archtop guitar construction which he gleaned from his association with
Bob Benedetto, John Monteleone, and John D'Angelico. The result is an affordable
instrument that incorporates the finest materials and lutherie know-how
into a guitar that is both sonically satisfying and visually stunning.
Premium woods and high quality hardware make the AR880CE a stylish and powerful instrument
AR880CE is Pisano's flagship model, featuring a carved, x braced,
spruce top; maple back, sides, and neck; and an ebony fingerboard. The
body is very comfortable, with a 16" lower bout and 2 3/4" depth and the
scale length is an easy playing 25". Both functional and stylish, the
AR880CE is outfitted with an attractive cello style tailpiece,
Schaller tuners with ebony buttons, wood volume and tone knobs, an ebony
pickguard, and an ebony, magnetically fastened truss rod cover. The
overall style of the instrument is reminiscent of the understated,
"clean" look pioneered by the great Jimmy D'Aquisto and later developed
by Bob Benedetto. In an effort to keep embellishments to a minimum, the
fingerboard is free of positioning dots (there are still side dots) and the headstock is free of any ornamentation.
Tonally refined, the AR880CE is an extremely versatile and capable jazz guitar
mounted Kent Armstrong humbucker produces a rich, dark tone that sounds
almost acoustic in its definition and clarity, yet is very feedback
resistant allowing for high volume playing. Even unplugged, the select
woods and finely carved top produce a tone that is warm and satisfying.
These qualities make this a very versatile instrument which can be used
in intimate settings and large halls all the same.
long ago, a guitar of this quality would cost a musician a year's
salary. We can all thank John Pisano and the Eastman team for producing a
premium instrument at a players price!