Eastman Instruments: An Affordable Alternative


We all love the idea of owning a vintage archtop electric, a F style mandolin, or a flat-top acoustic by our favorite brands, but one has to admit, the price tag can be difficult to accept.  For years, the consumer has turned (often begrudgingly) to overseas and south of the border markets, fearing that sub-par luthierie and poorly made parts will render an instrument unplayable.  However in recent years the quality control by many overseas manufacturers has become quite good and their instruments have turned heads and garnered rave reviews by players and retailers alike.

Enter Eastman.

In 1992, accomplished Chinese musician Qian Ni and a small group of violin makers traveled out of China to look at U.S. and European made violins and apply their design and construction techniques to their own instruments.  He started Eastman Strings with the goal to handcraft fine violins and offer them at a reasonable price to the consumer. After much success, Eastman, now the Eastman Music Company, expanded into the Mandolin and Archtop guitar world.  Gryphon was an early adopter of Eastman products and has been generally impressed with the quality of instruments produced in the Eastman workshops.

Gryphon is proud to carry a wide selection of A and F style Eastman mandolins, with F and Oval holes in the $480-$1400 range.  You can expect excellent playability, comfortable fit-and-finish and a noteworthy tone to boot!  We also offer their full-range of thin-line electric guitars as well a few hollowbody models.  Come check out all we have in stock!


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