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    Default Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Aaaaaaaaand it's sold :-)

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    Default Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    And now it has been removed.

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    Default Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Martin, have a sound comparison with Gibson's EM 150 ?
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    Default Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Eastman is importing from a factory , so there must be mote than One..
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    I really want a long scale 5 string version!
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    Default Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Martin, have a sound comparison with Gibson's EM 150 ?
    Haven't played an EM150 all that recently (although I do have a cool A50 with the Johnny Gimble setup), but the biggest difference is going to be single coil (EM150) vs. humbucker (El Rey). You're likely to get less hum, and extraneous noise in general, out of the El Rey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Collins-Hill View Post
    I really want a long scale 5 string version!
    Me Too!

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    Gone : fetched "$1,039.00 "
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    Got to play one of these today. As of yet it’s the only one in Australia, and unfortunately it was at a guitar show in a trade hall full of stalls selling 6 stringed axes to shredders with amps set to stun.

    First impressions are pretty good overall... somewhat impressive, and definitely a step above other mass-produced emandos that have come along over the years, as expected at a higher price, but it is certainly several steps up in price over much else that been offered of late ...
    It played nicely and was overall a nice neat and tidy build, the thumbnail fretboard inlays were a nice touch.
    Played through a Vox ACsomething without much tone control (all they had handy, bass and treble control only) it was hard to find a nice tonal balance across the entire instrument with the A string followed by the E string being quite overpowering. Hard to pass judgement on the pickup considering the conditions and because of this I didn’t spend much time taking it for a strap (the noise floor coming from the shredders of adjoining stalls was let’s face it pretty ridiculous).

    As previously mentioned in the thread it would be nice to see adjustable poles. I think it’s all too easy for manufacturers to grab whatever pickup is readily available without considering if it has been specificity voiced for the instrument’s register...
    Given the RRP one should expect a decent performance out of the box without having to hotrod it with custom features... especially considering the somewhat sealed nature of the body an lack of access to the electronics. I feel like this simple feature would give the instrument more legs in terms of out of the box functionality before treating it as a shell on which to build a custom build.... it would be an expensive start for a project instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    All right, thanks for your patience, here are my remarks.
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    I saw one in a local store today; played it thru a Rivera Thirty Twelve. I have to say EL34 is not my choice circuit; I'm much more a 6V6 guy. That said, this little axe played wonderfully, and sounded amazing.

    I did not really run the instrument through all the paces and nor take full advantage of the amp. Rhythm sounded great; note articulation for leads was clear and clean. The playing dynamics was pretty much like playing my Eastman 515; just add the custom Lollar for more even more fun. I did not sense a drop off in the signal strength of the E string. The mahogany gives gives the sound a lovely warmth.

    Fit and finish felt superb all the way up and down the neck and fretboard. The visuals are impressive; the finish was nice as my 515 and the "thumbnail" inlaid fret markers work for me. I'm thinking of going back to get it this evening.
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    Well-written, thorough review, with an obviously great depth of knowledge. Thanks. It’ll be interesting to see if the weak “e” is addressed soon.

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