Re: To Eastman...Or not to Eastman, that is the question.
The 615 will have an internal pickup while the 815 will not. It's been a while since I have played with new Eastman models but, in general, the differences in the line are mostly cosmetic and don't impact the sound quality. Meaning, out of a batch sitting in a store, the best sounding playing one may not be the most expensive one.
If it were me, I would consider the 515 along with the other two and if I didn't intend on playing plugged in, that would influnce my decision to get a 515 over a 615 if they sounded similar. I had an 814 (oval hole - sn#22) a while ago. I miss that instrument. Should i ever get another oval arch top, I would seriously consider another Eastman. I've been a long time fan of their instruments.
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