As ever with Eastman the beauty is with the detail, even when it comes to the discerning player looking for a bargain. An all solid wood, handmade guitar for just under £500 is, quite frankly, a steal (note: not literally a steal). Let's look at the basics first. Solid sitka spruce top gives you that wonderful bright tone that won't take forever to warm up. Solid sapele back and sides backs up the spruce to make this baby sing. Sapele is one of those great woods with a big low end and decent middle for the strummers amongst us, and when you want to fingerpick and find all those extra little tones, it gives you a wonderful upper end. Sapele: mahogany's slightly brighter cousin.
When it comes to an acoustic guitar, you do really need about the inside of it - after all, that's where the sound comes from. The bracing is top drawer. Hand scalloped X bracing gives the spruce enough give to allow what lower end it has from it's big lower bout and makes it sound, well, as you'd hope every sitka dreadnaught would. Dreadnaughts are built for those who want a lot of everything. This guitar is a lot of everything, and for not a lot of money.
All the little details really help too. You've got bone being used on the nut and saddle for the purists. You've got really lovely ebony used on the fingerboard, bridge and bridge pins - it all looks pretty much bang on. There's beautiful tortoise binding. It comes with a very good Eastman branded padded gig bag with neck support (why doesn't everyone do this, honestly?). A standard even C neck profile, standard 25.4" scale length, a nice 12" radius - bob on. All it takes now is you to buy the thing and write some classics. Or play some classics. Classic.