Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: My Rare Guitars.com
Sound — 10
Everyone will recognize this as the "White Stripes" guitar, and if you're looking for that nasty Jack White tone, this is the guitar for you. Despite not being made of shitty fiberglass and sporting MUCH better pickups and electronics than the original Valco models from the 1960's, the tone is instantly recognizable. I play it through a 2004 Fender Hot Rod Deluxe tube amplifier and play through a Boss distortion pedal and a Little Big Muff and this thing screams. But as soon as you turn off the effect, it goes from sounding like a gritty Les Paul to a Rickenbacker in a flash. I bought this to get a Jack White sound, but I got even more, as this is probably the most versitile axe that I own (even more so than my 1973 Fender Strat and my Epiphone Dot). To get an idea of how this guitar sounds like, head to www.eastwoodguitars.com where you can hear sound samples of it through different amps.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mainly rock, punk, and blues, but dabble in just about everything else. And despite Jack White being the only famous musician playing one of these guitars, more people need to pick this one up. I've been playing for the better part of a decade and this is the best axe I've ever played, and I own over a dozen guitars, ranging from Rickenbackers and Vintage Fenders to Danelectros and Epiphones. I'd be heartbroken if something were to happen to this Airline, and I would buy another one in the blink of a heartbeat. Hell, I'm already looking at buying another one of Eastwood's remakes of classic guitars (especially the Brian May "Red Special"). Buy this guitar. Metal, blues, punk, rock, it works with all of them. You certainly won't regret it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
After gigging all throughout the month of January, as well as long recording sessions, this thing has held up remarkably well, even after being dropped more than a few times, and even surviving a particularily nasty encounter with a bottle of Corona that was spilled on it during rehearsal. Since purchasing it, I have made it my permanant Live guitar, effectively retiring my Danelectro, my Rickenbacker, and my Epiphone Dot. I was particularily impressed with the strap buttons, as this is the first time ever that I bought a guitar and didn't need to replace them for being shitty.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I ordered this guitar directly from the Eastwood factory, which I don't normally do, as I prefer a more "broken-in" guitar than one straight out of the box. But to my absolute shock, as soon as I reached into the box and pulled it out, and strummed a chord, the guitar was actually in tune. Despite travelling from Ontario Canada, all the way to New Jersey, the neck was perfectly straight, the action of the strings were just right, and not a scratch on it. Needless to say, I was amazed. Just two days after receiving it, I debuted it at my band's show at the Sin-e' rock club in NYC, and it stole the show, and kept it's tune better than any guitar I've previously played. My only (minor) complaint: I had originally asked for a seafoam green finish, and they informed me that they were out of stock on that color for the next few weeks, so I bought red instead. That's it.
Features — 9
- Tone Chambered Mahogany body - Bound maple, bolt-on neck - Rosewood, block markers fingerboard - Scale Length: 25 1/2" (648mm) - Width at Nut: 1 11/16" - Pickups: Two Alnico Hot-10 Humbuckers - Switching: 3-Way - Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 1 Master Volume - Bridge: Tune-O-Matic, Custom Chrome Tail - Hardware: Vintage Kluson Style Nickel/Chrome - Strings: D'Addario #10 - Unique features: Custom Chrome tailpiece, Raised Metal AIRLINE Logo