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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Eastman Dreadnoughts

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 3rd, 2018 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Does anyone here own an Eastman E10D or E20D. I'm looking for an unbiased review. If you own a Martin dread also, a comparison would be helpful also. Thanks!

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Jan 3rd, 2018 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

This may not be much help because it happened a while back but:

About 5 years ago I was in a shop checking out a '44 Martin D-18 (yes a '44, last year of the scalloped braced War era Martins). Realistically I was there to check out a Santa Cruz OM-PW. :)

The shop happened to have an Eastman E20D. It more than held it's own against the other 2. Actually I was underwhelmed by the Martin, but the Santa Cruz sounded very nice.

At the time I owned a killer Martin D-18 GE so I was used to the sound of a really good Martin Dread.

After checking out the dreads I ended walking out of there with an Eastman E10P. Go figure.

I just recently purchased an Eastman OM. It's an excellent sounding Martin-style acoustic.

Sound wise I really don't think that you can go wrong with Eastman. They seem to really know what they're doing.

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 4th, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent story and review. I've been Martin shopping for nearly a year. I own three dreads, a Takamine lawsuit era and two Seagulls. All three play well and sound good with the Tak at the top of the heap. Not quite "the" sound but good.

I just kind of want a high end dread but honestly I'm underwhelmed by the Martins built today unless crazy money is spent and have yet to find a used one, 18, 28 or 35 that speaks to me. Lots of cracked and damaged guitars out there.

I've begun to look at other options. I have several Taylor guitars and like the mid/late 2000s 810e & ce. I have seen so many positive comments on the Eastman line so I thought I'd check them out too.

reverend mikey
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Jan 4th, 2018 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 2012 D-18 and a 2015 D-35 that both play great, are excellent builds, and sound quite good. No, they don't sound like 40-50 year old guitars, but they're very good; the best of my current acoustics, which also includes a J-45 and several Larrivees (old and new).

I have another Martin (Custom Shop) on order, and I expect to be very happy with it as well (especially since I kinda designed it from the ground up from a J/0000 body).

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 4th, 2018 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I sure glad many out there have found the Martins that work for them. Short of one D35 from the mid 80s that I missed I'm coming up blank.

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Jan 4th, 2018 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just read a thread on another forum (**gasp!**) about an Eastman D-40. Stunning guitar in terms of looks, the new owner is really happy with it.

I thought I knew my Eastmans, have owned 3, but didn't about the D-40.

Did you know about them, H101? Might be worth looking into.

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Jan 5th, 2018 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

In your Dread search don't overlook the Martin 15/16 series. There are some really nice ones out there. You may have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 5th, 2018 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rag, yes I have known about them for quite a while however no one in my circle of local players owns an acoustic Eastman. I was looking at the higher end Eastmans myself however if I spend that kind of $$, $2K+, I might as well add a few hundred more and buy an 810ce of the vintage I prefer. I like only a certain amount of bling. Nice woods, maybe figured binding, a nice rosette, that's about it.

I wish Eastman made a cutaway. I play a lot of lead in my acoustic duo and get north of the 12th fret box occasionally.

This makes the Martin DCxxE and Taylor ce models very attractive to me. I should be perfectly happy with my Taylor 814ce and I am actually. Being 10+ years old now it has really opened up and just sings. Plugged in it will do anything. Just want the dread body shape in a really nice quality guitar.

I've looked at Collings and Laravee offerings too. I need to spend some time with the Gibson line to see what is up with them.



Jan 30th, 2018 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried some Eastman Dreads when I was trying out an acoustic amp. The sales guy plugged an Eastman into it. Man that Eastman sounded great and it wasn't even the most expensive Eastman he had on the wall. I wanted to buy both, but just got the amp. I told the sales guy how good I thought it sounded and he said he always does that when someone wants to try an amp and let's him pick the guitar. I tried the upper end Eastman as well and that sounded great too.

I don't play much acoustic and I have a couple of nice ones, a Martin D15M and a Yamaha ACM3, so I didn't bite, but they were very nice.

If you are searching for a nice cutaway, check out the Yamaha A series The new A5M series are handmade in Japan and geared towards electric players who also play acoustic, so playing high on the neck is part of the design.

Yamaha A5M

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