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 Post subject: Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass
PostPosted: January 9th, 2018, 3:01 pm 
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A new lefty for 2018! The originals from the 60's are super cool and unique, so hopefully Mike's version is true to the original. Features a fat humbucker at the neck position and a piezo at the bridge. The originals were well-respected for their fat thumpy, short sustain tone. They also had golfball-sized holes routed out of the back of the bass too to make it lightweight and to give it a more hollow bodied upright tone.

https://eastwoodguitars.com/collections ... 6375238688


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 Post subject: Re: Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass
PostPosted: January 9th, 2018, 4:38 pm 
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Pretty cool. Anyone else really want to give 26.5' scale a try?

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 Post subject: Re: Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass
PostPosted: January 9th, 2018, 8:53 pm 
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After playing a Kala U-Bass, this would be a breeze! Here's a video of a 1964 model... has a Hofner vibe to it... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3gH0bJKuk

And this... just play the effing thing! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We9LjAAZmo0

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 Post subject: Re: Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass
PostPosted: January 9th, 2018, 9:19 pm 
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pjmuck wrote:
A new lefty for 2018! The originals from the 60's are super cool and unique, so hopefully Mike's version is true to the original. Features a fat humbucker at the neck position and a piezo at the bridge. The originals were well-respected for their fat thumpy, short sustain tone. They also had golfball-sized holes routed out of the back of the bass too to make it lightweight and to give it a more hollow bodied upright tone.

https://eastwoodguitars.com/collections ... 6375238688


That looks like a photo of an actual vintage pocket bass to me, not the Eastwood version. Guess they haven't actually made any yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass
PostPosted: January 10th, 2018, 12:59 am 
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That's what they always do when gauging interest :)
Early December, they posted this photo of an actual Telestar doubleneck with two Eastwood logo's photoshopped onto the headstocks.

https://eastwoodcustoms.com/projects/ea ... eneck-4-6/

HUGE pic:
https://eastwoodcustoms.com/wp-content/ ... -crop.jpeg

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 Post subject: Re: Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass
PostPosted: January 10th, 2018, 4:30 am 
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Hopefully Mike will take my advice and upgrade their hardware to Hipshot. I couldn't play my new telecaster until
I replaced the tuners because it simply wouldn't stay in tune. After the replacement with locking Hipshots, the guitar
stays in tune. For a $599 market - think Mexican Fenders - the guitars need to stay in tune.

Now I just have to learn no to press down so flipping hard on the strings.

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 Post subject: Re: Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass
PostPosted: January 11th, 2018, 1:51 pm 
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Jeroen wrote:
That's what they always do when gauging interest :)

Yep I know- and while I do like a lot of what Eastwood has done, I generally have to withhold judgement on their stuff until I see the actual finished product. I view their versions as more or less a "suggestion" of the original design, using generic materials/ components that often lack the unique character and sonic qualities of the original instrument. Some of their modifcations work for me, some have been disappointing.


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