Eastman archtops have earned a reputation as some of the best sounding and playing jazz guitars available. Built using "old world" construction methods, each instrument is meticulously hand crafted out of the finest materials. The 900 series instruments are Eastman's flagship models. Carefully designed and beautifully constructed, the 900 series models are built using the best tone woods and hardware available. The AR905CE-BD features a hand carved, X braced top made of well aged spruce, flamed solid maple back and sides, and a three piece maple neck. Aesthetically, this instrument takes inspiration from the modern, "clean," cello inspired look of builders such as D'Aquisto and Benedetto. The wood cello style tailpiece, dotless ebony fingerboard, Gotoh tuners, and nitrocellulose finish give the instrument a sophisticated, timeless appearance. The floating Lollar Johnny Smith pickup allows the top to resonate acoustically while producing a natural, clean amplified tone.
This model is an excellent choice for players who seek an instrument that is truly electro-acoustic. The AR905CE-BD is full and resonant when played acoustically and warm and round when plugged in. The comfortable 16" body sits effortlessly in your lap while the short 25" scale allows one to easily execute complex chords and difficult passages.. This guitar comes setup with D'Addario 12 gauge roundwounds and fairly low, 2mm action. However, this instrument performs well with many types of setups, including traditional bebop (14 gauge flatwounds and very low action) and swing (higher action) setups.
Whether it's blazing bebop leads, fingerstyle ballads, or crunchy swing rhythm, this instrument can do it all! Come and experience the magic of Eastman's flagship model yourself...
|Sound Hole||F Holes|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 1/8"|
|Back and Sides||Maple|
|Tuners||Schaller Gold w/ ebony buttons|
|Strings||D’Addario NYXL .012 - .052|
|Pickup(s)||Floating Lollar Johnny Smith|
Pros: Outstanding advice
Thank you Michael!! After discussing with Michael what I was looking for in an archtop guitar, he recommended the Eastman AR905CE-BD. He said the one currently in stock has a special voice and that he recommended it over the other guitars that I was considering. Well, it?s been a few months and the guitar sounds even better, it is an inspiration to play. I love it. My recommendation is consider talking to Michael before you buy the guitar. He knows guitars and you will be very happy making music.
Submitted by: Tim N on 01/15/2021 03:13:26 PM
Eastman AR905CE-BD (Conversion)
This guitar sounds incredible acoustically and I had been eyeing it for some time now... but, with the idea of converting it. I'm coming from 10 years on a Gitane and have been craving a more refined (and less buzzy) acoustic archtop sound. Michael worked (patiently) with me on customizing it to my needs and it came out beautifully. The build quality is outstanding - I've never owned such a nice instrument. And, the speed and feel of the neck seems like cheating! Thank you Michael! Photos and details of the customization are here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BrandonCampbellMusic/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2529026640509415&__tn__=-UC-R
Submitted by: Brandon Campbell on 10/29/2019 11:26:35 AM
Same thickness as the GP250 but smaller over all dimensions. Provides better control with out losing tone. Seems to work nicely on shorter scale guitars. 27.5 mm long, 23.3 mm wide, 2.5 mm thick. (two per pack).
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