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||Eastman Mandolins' Construction
Eastman mandolins are made completely by hand
using traditional techniques employed in violin making.
- Skilled luthiers
- Hand tools
- Air-dried tonewoods
- Acoustically transparent hide glue
- Varnish finish
- Bone nut
- Schaller tuners
- Traditional flat fingerboard
- Our setup
- Mandovoodoo (tm) optimization available
- Fitted case included
Eastman Mandolins are made by hand, with hand-cut dovetail neck mounting,
hand cut and fitted binding, and hand applied and leveled varnish. Eastmans'
luthiers use hide glue for the critical joints, insuring acoustic integrity.
Eastman Mandolins use 12" radius fingerboards and precisely set narrow
frets. They use modern adjustable truss rod and an adjustable ebony bridge.
Usually the fretboard extension is relieved to provide pick room, or even
eliminated on the lower end models.
Most Eastman Mandolins use traditional converging tone bars, as pioneered
by Lloyd Loar. Tone bar construction requires break in for a full bark & chop.
In contrast, X braced mandolins tend to sound more open from the beginning.
They don't tend to have as much punch and bark. But there are always
exceptions in performance and in preferences. Some have X bracing. If you
have a preference, let us know.
Eastman Mandolins use a solid cast tailpiece rather than a thin metal
stamping. The extra mass may also contribute to their excellent tone and
Lush hand-applied finish.
Left: Hand carved and shaped
scroll with hand set binding
Right: Traditional proven dovetail
neck mounting and multi-piece
extension; no shortcuts.
|Left: Ebony headstock veneer with |
delicate binding. Inlaid "Eastman"
Right; Back extends over base of
neck, carefully fitted binding.
|Beautifully done smooth & elegant |
points with crisp binding. Hand cut
|Cast tailpiece heavily plated, |
double ramp design makes string
|NOTE: Eastman and other handcrafted
mandolins may exhibit variations from
mandolin to mandolin inherent in this
process. They may also exhibit minor
"flaws" in finishing work or otherwise that
are also inherent in this process. We do
not consider these minor glitches a
problem, nor do we consider them a
warranty issue or cause for return after
our usual approval period. If you are
concerned about a specific mandolin, call
and we will examine it and describe the
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