First impressions are everything. That is why all new Eastman guitars & mandolins leaving the factory are now strung with Cleartone Treated Strings! Eastman chose Cleartone as their exclusive OEM supplier of treated strings for all of their new acoustic & electric stringed instruments to ensure you the best possible experience when playing your new Eastman guitar, right from the first strum. Like Cleartone, Eastman has had quite a year, full of new products, new stories and all the accolades to go with it.
2014 was a great year for Eastman as they celebrated their 10 year anniversary. They received numerous awards for their guitars, including The Players Choice Award from Acoustic Guitar Magazine for “Guitar of the Year” for their E10D model. Also, The Music & Sound Retailer awarded Eastman for their E20OOSS Acoustic Guitar with the Best Acoustic Guitar of 2014 and the Ray Benson Signature model with the Best Electric Guitar of 2014.
In their 10 years, Eastman has grown leaps and bounds, with one of their distinguishing features being that they use Adirondack Spruce. This was the premier tone wood used on guitars before World War II started. Along with it being the “Holy Grail” of tone woods, it also has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, perfect for not only guitars, but also airplane bracing. Once the war started, demand skyrocketed and guitarists were forced to compete with the aviation companies for Adirondack Spruce. After the war, instrument demand greatly rose, and guitars started to become mass produced, thus, builders decided to use much more readily available materials like Sitka Spruce and Engelmann Spruce instead.
Eastman continues the pre-war tradition of using Adirondack Spruce, because there is simply nothing like it. It’s said to be made for the ears, not the eyes as Adirondack Spruce commonly has irregularities in the grain, like streaks and spots. Sitka Spruce and Engelmann Spruce are beautiful, but do not have tonal characteristics like Adirondack Spruce, which is said to have a more complex voice, with more overtones than the other 2. Also you can get more volume out of Adirondack Spruce, as it’s extremely responsive, and has the highest volume ceiling of any species used for soundboards. Cleartone Strings were proven to be 36% louder than coated strings, and Eastman’s Adirondack Spruce tone woods provide the the headroom to allow for this boost in volume, so naturally the 2 brands pair incredibly well together.
Eastman uses the following gauges on all of their new instruments:
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Try out a 2015 Eastman guitar or mandolin with Cleartone Treated Strings today!