In 1992, Qian Ni, who had come to the United States from China to study music, founded Eastman Strings. In the beginning, he and his two musician colleagues bought instruments from Western-trained violin makers from their home town in China, but before long, they saw that a new approach was needed.
Mr. Ni hired a group of established master violinmakers, and with their help, he established a large master violin workshop devoted to the handcrafting of instruments—one of the first the world had known since the first half of the 20th century.
In the short time since this workshop was founded, the reputation of Eastman Strings’ instruments for tonal quality and craftsmanship excellence has become a worldwide standard.
Mr. Ni soon identified the need for hand crafted archtop guitars at an affordable price.
Following the same good practices established by the violin shop, a studied approach was applied to the archtop guitar. Numerous vintage models were studied and the guitars were hand built by the most gifted craftsmen in the shop.
The results exceeded expectations and the instruments became an immediate hit among players of all levels. Eastman was established as an extremely high quality, high value and affordable arch top guitar manufacturer. Eastman products have been highly regarded by players and used everywhere from homes to major concert stages internationally.
The Eastman Custom Jazz Elite 7 was designed by Lou Del Rosso and made by Eastman Guitars exclusively for Guitars n Jazz of New Jersey USA.
The Jazz Elite 7 is a 16" lower bout by 2 1/4" depth at the rim and features Eastman best premium woods, 905 neck profile, abalone inlays, hand wound Kent Armstrong humbucking pickup, and most importantly heavy parallel bracing used in the 60's by Gibson in its famous L5 models which are extremely expensive today.
The fuller 905 profile neck and the heavy parallel top bracing makes a much stiffer top and a more complex Gibson like jazz tone with the clarity that Eastman archtops are famous. The Jazz Elite 7 comes in a stunning nitrocellulose finish with all maple binding.
BODY STYLE F Hole Archtop
BODY DIMENSIONS 16″ X 2 1/4″
TOP WOOD Solid Hand Carved Spruce
BRACING Solid Spruce Parallel
BACK/SIDES WOOD Solid Hand-Carved Maple
BODY BINDING 3-ply binding
HEADSTOCK VENEER Ebony
NECK WOODS Maple
CONSTRUCTION Dovetail Neck Joint
SCALE LENGTH 25″
NUT WIDTH 1 3/4″
FRETS 22 Nickel – Silver
PICKUP Kent Armstrong PAF Style humbucker
PICKGUARD Ebony Bound
BRIDGES/SADDLE Ebony compensated
TUNERS Gold Gotoh with ebony buttons
This is a fabulous 7 string archtop, and amazing value for all solid, hand-carved top grade woods. Parallel bracing and surprisingly loud for its size. Lovely spruce top with highly figured flame maple back, sides, and binding.
It is in great shape with hardly a sign of player wear to be seen. Frets are unmarked, neck is straight and action is set clean and low.
The Jazz Elite 7 sounds mighty good in acoustic mode, but the Armstrong humbucker is a real treat, delivering a mellow but very focused tone when plugged in.
Terrific bang-for-buck here –-- a lot of guitar for the money.
Comes in its custom fitted hard shell case in excellent condition, along with Eastman Certificate Of Authenticity.