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Sound Quality

The sound of this guitar is very fat. The mahogany hollow body and the Alnico "Hot 10" pickups give this guitar a very deep fat tone - almost too fat. If you're the kind of person who likes bright bell like tones that cut through, you won't like the sound of this guitar. The tone of this guitar doesn't cut through, it powers through like a growling beast. It's rich, full, and fat. It's the kind of guitar that's great for playing blues and hard rock, which is what I mostly use this guitar for. The individual volume and tone knobs provide the player with a lot of variety in tone selectiona and do not get in the way of playing even with the higher NOS Valco knobs installed. Unfortunately, with the tone turned all the way down, the guitar gets quite muddy due to it's already fat sound adn you may have to compensate by adjusting the eq on your amp/preamp. Sounds great through my Crate GLX212 and Fender '65 Twin Reverb.

Reliability/Durability

This guitar seems very solid and I have no fear about its reliablity. The hardware seems well made and I imagine it will last quite a while. As I mentioned before the finish seems rather thin and will probably wear through given extended playing. Strap buttons are solid but were replaced with Shaler strap locks for extra security whil playing. Nothing would horrify me more than to see this guitar accidentaly fall to pieces on the flooor because it slipped off the strap.

Price/Value


General Comments

Overall, this guitar is top-notch. I own an American Deluxe Telecaster, a Gibson Firebird V, and several other high-end guitars and though the Airline isn't quite as well made as those guitars, you can't beat it for the price. It plays like it should cost much more than it does. I would definitely replace this guitar if something ever happened to it. There is a reason why this guitar is one of Eastwood's top sellers and it's in the fantastics sound, quality and jaw-dropping looks that this guitar has to offer. Again, for a guitar in this price range, it doesn't get any better than the Airline.


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