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Flying BV bass

Flying High: New Eastwood “Flying V” Bass & Tenor Guitar!

Flying V guitars have never been the most popular of instruments – but have always been one of the most striking on stage. And those who love them, really love them! So it’s no surprise that the new Eastwood Custom Shop projects have excited so many players already!

Eastwood Flying BV bass in black or natural

Eastwood Flying BV bass in black or natural

Flying V guitars have always been very niche, and not a huge amount of famous players have favoured them over the years, when compared to other, more usual models – for this reason, perhaps, there’s still an air of novelty when anyone is faced with a “V-shaped” guitar. And if the list of players who’ve used “V” guitars isn’t massive, it’s certainly impressive: Jimi Hendrix, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Albert Lee, Lennie Kravitz, Lonnie Mack, Michael Schenker, Noel Gallagher and John Entwistle included.

Some (most?) players won’t own or wish to own a V-guitar. It’s often seen as a bit “too much”. But… and this is a big “but”, those who do like a Flying-V shaped guitar don’t just “like” it, they really love it! Maybe this explains the recent success of the latest Eastwood Custom Shop projects, the Flying TV Tenor guitar, and the Flying BV bass. The former reached it’s 100% target in under a week and is on the way of at least doubling it, whereas the latter is on its way to repeat that same level of success.

Eastwood Custom Flying TV tenor guitar

Eastwood Custom Flying TV tenor guitar

Maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised: after all, a Flying-V bass or a Flying-V tenor guitar are not something you see everyday! Both projects are still crowdfunding at the time of writing, so if you want to guarantee yours, make sure to leave a deposit soon: crowdfunding ends May 11 for the Flying TV, and June 1 for the Flying BV.

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Eastwood introduces new 32″ Scale Bass

Eastwood’s tribute to the 1960’s Mosrite Bass is finally here. We’ve modeled the look, tone and feel of the original, but added a truly unique twist – we’ve given it a 32″ scale rather than the standard 34″ scale of your Fender P-Bass. Why? Here is what Bassist Grant Ivens had to say after reviewing the prototype:

“Thanks Eastwood for ending the scale debate. My new Sidejack Bass with a 32″ scale is the cats ass! love my ’72 P and I love my 30″ Airline Map, but that sweet spot of a 32″ scale makes this new Sidejack just insane… now I got the attack of a pair of single coils combined with the booming low notes of a mid scale… the surf pocket is mine!”

This limited run of only 12 features a killer Metallic Red finish and a satin neck. Be the first in your neighbourhood to grab one of these beauties before they are all gone!

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Only $799. (gigbag included, hardshell case extra) North American shipping $49, UK/Europe $149, Australia and Japan $189. $289 Elsewhere.




SPECIFICATIONS

Colours: Metallic Red
Body: Basswood
Neck: Maple, Bolt-on
Fingerboard: Rosewood, Mosrite Dot Markers
Scale Length: 32″ Scale
Width at Nut: 1 5/8″
Pickups: Dual Mosrite style P-90s
Switching: 3-Way
Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone Controls
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic, Custom Chrome Tail
Hardware: Gotoh Style Nickel/Chrome
Strings: D’Addario #45-100
Case: gigbag INCLUDED
Unique Features: 32″ Scale for perfect balance and tone
Suggested Retail: $999.00 US

Here are some additional photos:

 

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The Happy Guitarist

Happy Customers Check in with Eastwood HQ

The Happy Guitarist

The Happy Guitarist

We ship a lot of guitars every month, all over the world. Rarely if ever do we get to meet our customers face to face, but fortunately, some take the time to write. It makes everyone’s day when those letters/emails come back to Eastwood HQ. Here are a few from the past couple of months.

Eastwood Sidejack Baritone Guitar (Black Finish, Left-Handed)

Eastwood Sidejack Baritone Guitar (Black Finish, Left-Handed)

“My leftie baritone Eastwood arrived today! It is gorgeous and the sound right out of the case is astonishing. I’ve been dreaming about this for quite awhile and all my expectations and more were delivered! You deliver dreams. Thank you so much. Keep us lefties in mind. Rarely anyone does these days and your consideration deserves a secret handshake!” – James Spina

Eastwood Classic 12-String Guitar (Walnut Finish)

Eastwood Classic 12-String Guitar (Walnut Finish)

“LOVE this guitar! It’s an extremely versatile 12 string, ranging from a total acoustic sound to the 60’s Beatle/Byrds/Tom Petty sound. I use a Janglebox effects box with it and it chimes! Also, the action’s great on it. It’s easy to barre chords, and do fast runs that are more difficult with other 12 strings. This guitar makes me sound like a better player than I really am! I own a Danelectro 12 string, but the Classic 12 has a much fuller sound being it’s a hollow body. I’m very happy!” – William Evans

“Guitar looks beautiful and plays like a dream. Excellent craftsmanship and bang for the buck. A great instrument!” – Robert Porembski

Eastwood Stormbird Bass Guitar (Metallic Blue Finish)

Eastwood Stormbird Bass Guitar (Metallic Blue Finish)

“What a very impressive example of this old gibson bass guitar design. This is my first experience with eastwood guitar. I am very happy with this bass and I am looking forward to owning it for years to come. Thank You very much for creating this trully killer bass guitar.” – Jon David Lippens

Eastwood EEB-1 Bass Guitar (Black Finish)

Eastwood EEB-1 Bass Guitar (Black Finish)

“The bass is fantastic and belies it price, excellent setup really helped show the bass in it’s best light. I just wanted to tell you how pleased I am with the bass and the whole experience. Much of my purchasing is completed on line (I live out of town by a beach) and so it is always a little worrying spending money with people I don’t know, but you made it easy and have really delivered with your product and its price.” – Paul West

Airline '59 Custom 3P Guitar (G Love Signature Model)

Airline ’59 Custom 3P Guitar (G Love Signature Model)

“Thanks for the speedy delivery of my new Airline ’59 custom 3p G Love Signature. Wow what a cool guitar! The neck is perfect, very well intonation and low action. Really easy to play.” – Martin Hammare (Sweden)

Airline Tuxedo Guitar (Black Finish)

Airline Tuxedo Guitar (Black Finish)

“I know I sound like a broken record but just wanted to say Tuxedo is beautiful and kicks you know what sound wise. Just spent the afternoon going from sweet clean sounding country blues to chest thumping boogie on overdriven sound. Construction is flawless. I salute your quality control which is sadly lacking in some of the top US made guitars.” – Michael Cefola.

Eastwood Mandocaster (Sunburst Finish, Left-Handed)

Eastwood Mandocaster (Sunburst Finish, Left-Handed)

“Just wanted to let you know that I received the Mandocaster just now and am having a hard time getting back to work.I don’t want to stop playing it. Whoever does the setup on these instruments deserves a raise.Very low action,no buzz,intonation is spot on.Very nice quality instrument. It was just what I was looking for and I love the case it came in.Thanks for helping out us leftys.I will spread the word.” – Chris Thomas

Eastwood Warren Ellis Signature Tenor Guitar (Vintage Cream Finish)

Eastwood Warren Ellis Signature Tenor Guitar (Vintage Cream Finish)

“Just received my new W.E. Tenor and am compelled to write.When I was a kid I wanted to play the tenor banjo, ya know, Eddy Peabody, Dixeyland and all that stuff so my mom got me a little wonder tenor banjo, lessons and the rest is unfortunate history until this week. When I got into my late teens and early 20s and playin with other guys, Oh how I wished I had asked to play the 6 string guitar. Now having 3 sons, 2 of which are musicians, there are many trips to the music store. Ah yes, literally hundreds of guitars hanging on the walls and nothing for me. NOTHING! Until now. This jewel from it’s wider neck to the length of the scale is the nearest thing to tenor guitar perfection that I have held in my 61 years. And yes, I chose the vintage cream. Just beautiful. Not even my Martin 018-Ts really play in tune all that well. It seemed like all the other electric tenor attempts were really converted 6 string formats. Guild, Gibson, Harmony, etc. Not anymore. You guys have nailed this and I love it. Not only is it beautiful, but it feels great, plays in tune and finally a real electric guitar for ME! Will definitely be sharing with my other Goofball tenor playing friends. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Sincerely,” – Stephen De

Airline '59 Custom 3P Guitar (White Finish)

Airline ’59 Custom 3P Guitar (White Finish)

“I just unwrapped the ’59 Airline 3p last week. It’s like love with a new woman. I was knocked out by the comfort and playability. The design is not just radical. It’s real. In forty years I’ve never played an axe that has it all. Sound, versatility, smooth action, and best of all — It’s a total knockout! I have 5 guitars. No junk. I own a Guild Nightbird; a ’64 Telecaster; a Danelectro Baritone, and a classic Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway. In the ’60’s I got a Gretsch Country Gentleman w/Bigsby. The Airline does everything I was doing by changing out gear onstage. The unlimited sound settings of separate tone/volume knobs for each of the three pickups makes the sonics unmatched. I thought the Vintage voice single coil pickups might be limiting, but they create a foundation of graphics that unwraps into a full array of effects. I’ve heard a nasty lipturned overdrive snarl, a smooth womanly warmth, and a fully honed razor edge knife cut lead. This guitar whips the air unleashing slashes of sound when needed, or fills the background completely by expansive rhythm tones. The Bigsby gives the freedom of surf sounds, or bluesy bends with a wrist flick. Maybe it exists, but in forty years of professional playing, I’ve never seen a more powerful, responsive, eye-grabbing instrument. I can’t thank you enough. This will be my last guitar.” – Greyson Dyne

New 34" Scale Electric Bass Models from Eastwood Guitars & Airline Guitars

New Eastwood & Airline Electric Bass Models – Moving Upscale

I started Eastwood Guitars over 10 years ago. Since then we have created dozens of guitar and bass models, focusing primarily on the 50’s and 60’s replica variety. As a guitar player, when called upon to play bass, I’ve always been more comfortable with the short 30″ scale as opposed to the traditional 34″ scale. They just feel right to me, and as most of the designs we tend to replicate from that era, they too were of the short scale variety. Consequently, most of the bass models we have introduced through the Eastwood and Airline brands have been short scale.

New 34" Scale Electric Bass Models from Eastwood Guitars & Airline Guitars

New 34" Scale Electric Bass Models from Eastwood Guitars & Airline Guitars

What is the downside to the short scale bass?

  1. Shorter strings have less tension, and therefore the tone tends to sounds tubbier or even muddy, and with far less sustain. Not a bad thing for many 60’s style applications, but does not give you a huge, booming tone.
  2. Longer scale basses have more overtones, clarity and punch.
  3. 30-inch scale feels noticeably short or awkward to a P-bass player and may be tough to make the adjustment.

Although I still feel every bass players needs a short scale bass in their arsenal, I too feel that Eastwood should have more 34″ scale options for our customers. In fact, we have had many customers over the years asking us to reach out to the 34″ crowd. So that time has come and we are now introducing 3 new Bass models this summer:

  • The Hurricane ($429)
  • The Stormbird ($469)
  • The 34″ Airline Map ($879)

Enjoy!

Order before June 30th and we will throw in a $99 hardshell case for FREE.

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Eastwood Sidejack Bass VI Guitar (Vintage Cream)

New Sidejack Bass VI from Eastwood Guitars!

Not surprisingly, Eastwood SOLD OUT of the initial March 2012 release of their Bass VI model in the first week of availability. Then the next shipment in May SOLD OUT in 2 weeks. Now, we have another shipment coming – including a new Black color – 1st week of September. We are taking orders NOW, they are only $649 plus shipping. All orders in the month of August will receive a free Green Room Gig Bag.

Eastwood Sidejack Bass VI Guitar (Vintage Cream)

Eastwood Sidejack Bass VI Guitar (Vintage Cream)




All orders in the month of August will receive a free Green Room gigbag (value $29).

Three things make the Bass VI better than anything else on the market,

  1. The tremolo makes for a much more versatile instrument
  2. The P-90 pickups allow for a much brighter tone, most competitors use humbuckers and have a muddy tone
  3. The price. This is a solid gig-worthy workhorse of an instrument at an unbeatable price.

Here are a couple of demos showing the versatility of the Bass VI:

Eastwood Magnum Bass Guitar Coming Soon!

Eastwood Magnum Electric Bass Guitar (Sunburst)

Eastwood Magnum Electric Bass Guitar (Sunburst)

New Eastwood Bass Model coming next month! Here is a sneak peak at the new Eastwood MAGNUM Bass, the first 34″ scale BASS from Eastwood in many years. A tribute to the 1970’s Ovation Magnum Bass which features:

  • Model: Eastwood Magnum Bass Guitar
  • Colors: Sunburst, Natural
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Bolt-on Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, Dot Markers
  • Scale Length: 34″
  • Width at Nut: 1 1/2″
  • Pickups: Neck Humbucker, bridge Single Coil
  • Switching: 3-Way
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone
  • Bridge: Fender Style Adjustable, Rear String Mount
  • Hardware: Gotoh Nickel/Chrome
  • Strings: #45-#100
  • Case: extra
  • Unique Features: Wide Tonal Palette
  • Suggested Retail: $759.00 US
  • Availability: Early February 2011
  • Street Price: $579
Eastwood Magnum Electric Bass Guitar (Sunburst)

Eastwood Magnum Electric Bass Guitar (Sunburst)