For some years now a name kept cropping up that drew my attention on a number of level... Eastman guitars. I knew they were special from my own experiences and a couple of years ago I managed to begin selling them. My experiences were short lived however with the UK distributor ceasing supply soon after I started!
In recent months I have been watching the following videos which for me epitomize what true guitar making should be about - raw human talent.
I managed to make contact with Eastman directly who I am proud to say have been so helpful in getting me set up once again. This is such an exciting development for me personally.
I just hope in watching these videos they will have the same effect on you - as they did me. THIS is why I do what I do - to raise awareness of such incredibly special guitars...
The following video shows the skill, time and dedication that goes into creating the soundhole rosette on a hand made Eastman guitar. Please do watch in its entirety to fully appreciate the skill and human effort made for your playing pleasure...
Acoustic Guitar Bracing Being Cut. (A Prize If you can spot any CNC Machines!)
Specialist Skills & Work Environment That Could Be Straight From the 1930s
More Fascinating Insights Into Eastman Guitars Being Hand Made
Buffing, Polishing & Various Finishing Stages Being Demonstrated
A More Polished Edited Overview (with some Jolly Music!)
The following video - stick with it and you will see some stunning examples of the hand made nature of these guitars. You will see some wonderful work going into mandolins which defy belief. Not a single CNC machine.
I hope you have enjoyed watching the skill dedication and wonderful talent demonstrated in the videos above. Just in compiling this collection of videos It made me want to get on the next flight to China to shake each individuals hand and promise them that I would do everything possible to spread the word of their wondrous and time locked skills. It is no wonder that Eastman guitars are rapidly becoming the first choice for guitarists around the World who want a guitar produced by people - not machines.
Compare The Above To MODERN Mass Produced Guitar Production Shown Below.
In stark contrast I would love for you to watch the following video - by Taylor Guitars. When you watch the video you will begin to realize just WHY Taylor guitars sound quite so sterile in relation to hand made Eastman Guitars.
I could have watched the videos above all night long if there were more of them - yet I could barely watch 3 minutes of the Taylor video as each aspect of production is closer to a car production line than something that resonates, breathes and "lives" like an acoustic instrument should.
There is barely a word that comes out of Bob Taylors mouth that doesn't include the word "machine", "tooling", "pre-cut", "router", "lazer"
Is that what you want? Is that what you want to spend your next £1000-£4000 on? A mass produced, pre-cut, tooled, routed and lazered guitar?
I will let you watch the video and you can decide for yourself (Check out how the very first thing he proudly shows you is his selection of "machines". Far cry from the early days eh Bob?)
Richards Guitars, 5 Tiddington Road, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7AE
01789 26 33 33
Richards Guitars, 5 Tiddington Road, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7AE. Tel: 01789 263333
We welcome players from all over the World to consult with Richard directly via live help, allowing Richard to help you find the right guitar and ensure it is set up to your personal playing specification.
For FREE we provide...
fanatical quality control
personalised setup service by our highly experienced guitar tech who has worked with Richard for over 15 years
Richard play tests your guitar pre delivery to ensure it meets the specification
6 and 12 month check/reset
Online support most hours via chat (provided by Richard who has specialised in guitar consultancy for 21 years)
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To ensure anyone can benefit from this highly personalized service we subsidize the delivery costs from our pocket - not yours, resulting in the following delivery charges*
Any delivery to Western Europe £15.
Eastern Europe £25
Every guitar is packed personally by Richard. We purchase especially strengthened outer cartons and pack each guitar in a way that guarantees the guitar will come out the box as it went in - perfect.
If you bought your guitar from an alternate source it would cost you at least £50 to have it play to the standard that we set our guitars AS standard.
Why would you want to buy from a faceless online store if you can buy from someone who values every customer and their personal needs?
I do hope we can help you further as we provide the service you wish you could find locally!