Eastman AC422CE Review

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Eastman AC422CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Eastman AC422CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Size: 3/4 - Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce - Back/Sides: Ovangkol - Fingerboard: Solid Walnut - Neck Wood: Sapele - Bridge: Solid Walnut
  • Rosette: Abalone Bordered By B/W/B Purfling - Binding: Sapele - Fingerboard Binding: Black ABS - Fret Markers: Abalone Dots 4mm
  • Tuners: Sealed Gear Mini Schaller Type - Nut/Saddle: Bone, Compensated Saddle - Scale Length: 23 3/8 in (59.4 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4 in (4.5 cm) - String Spacing At Bridge: 2 1/16 (5.2 cm) - Body Length: 17 3/4 in (45.1 cm) - Upper Bout width: 10 in (25.4 cm) - Lower Bout Width: 14 1/8 in (35.9 cm) - Body Depth At Neck Heel: 3 3/8 in (8.6 cm) - Body Depth At Tail Block: 3 7/8 in (9.8 cm) - Frets To Body: 14
  • Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer - Strings: D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings - Case: Hard Case with Pocket and Backpack Straps

Eastman is one of those sneaky brands that is quietly making an excellent guitar for a fraction of the cost charged by big name brands. The materials, in general, are the same or similar to what you would find on a guitar that is twice the price. The AC422ce has these key components that contribute to tone covered:

  • Bone nut and Saddle
  • Ebony Finger Board and Bridge
  • Solid Indian Rosewood back/Sides
  • Sitka Spruce Top
Eastman AC422CE ratings
Cost
Tone
Playability
Workmanship
Electronics

Here how the guitar stacked up when checking out the guitar at a local store:

Eastman AC422CE Cost:

This guitar is a good value when compared to instruments with similar features from what I call the big three (Taylor, Gibson, Martin). In general, the price of this model is in the 1000-1200 range.

Eastman AC422CE Tone:

In playing the guitar next to Gibson and Martin models with similar woods the tone was very impressive. In some cases, it surpassed the more well-known brands. The tone was what you would expect from the East Indian Rosewood/Sitka Spruce combination. It was balanced with shimmering high’s and a solid base tone.

Eastman AC422CE Workmanship:

In playing the guitar some of the fretwork was a little rough, there were some sharp edges and some high spots on a couple of the frets. None of this seems to affect the tone of the guitar. The broad stripes in the East Indian rosewood are striking as is the finish on the back of the neck. It is not noticeable from a distance but if you look at the binding closely you can see the seams where the ends join on a diagonal cut.

Eastman AC422CE Playability:

This is where the guitar shines it sounds so good when playing you can’t put it down. It was surprising to me that even with the few sharp edges on the fret ends you didn’t really notice after playing for a while. I’ve had several friends over that have played the guitar and they too were surprised by the playability of the guitar. The action and neck setup was just right. Because the neck has a thicker feel to it, there will be some that don’t like the feel of the neck. For example, if you prefer the thin tapered necks you may not enjoy playing this guitar as much. The tone may hook you though…

Eastman AC422CE Electronics:

If the guitar has a weakness, this is where I felt it fell short. While pedals and other gadgetry can fix it the tone of the amplified sound, I feel that straight up out of the box this setup was a little thin. As a result, amplification didn’t seem to capture the wonderful sound that the guitar has.

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