Re: Distressing an Eastman?
I "distressed" the heck out of my Eastman 615 mandola within a few weeks of buying it. Eastmans have been known to have fairly soft finishes; I took the 615 to a jam/birthday party outdoors in a park, played it out in the direct sunlight for quite a while, and found that where I (bad form!) anchor my right hand ring finger and pinky while playing, I'd worn right through the finish to bare wood.
I've left it that way, since I as well as mcgroup like the look of "played in" instruments. But I never thought I'd "play it in" quite that fast...
Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
Natl Triolian Dobro mando
Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
Stradolin Vega banjolin
Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
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