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Eastman Strings Uptown Archtop

It happens every time a new guitar catches my eye in a shop, on a stage, on TV, in a dream, wherever. My eyes dart to the headstock for a glimpse of the manufacturer’s name. It’s something I think all guitarists do, whether to avoid picking up some dreadful ax whose headstock reads “Stella” or simply to cop a new brand name to throw around in conversation with fellow gearheads.

My name game was thrown off, however, at the winter NAMM show when I spied a guitar whose headstock bore no name or logo at all. Trying hard to conceal my confusion, I looked around to find out what company’s booth I was standing in. Eastman Strings. I’d never heard of Eastman then, or its Uptown archtop, but six months later its company name and especially this guitar have become a sort of mantra for my nervous soul. The Uptown hypnotizes with its classic look and beautiful sound.

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