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Eastwood Guitars is a Canadian company founded by Michael Robinson which primarily manufactures vintage-style guitars. Its range of electric instruments include the production of guitars, basses and mandolin, apart from a few acoustic ones such as resonator guitars. The company has no connection with Brian Eastwood Guitars, a respected British guitar maker since the 1970s.
According to their website: "We make Eastwood® Guitars in three different factories based in Korea and China. Many accessories such as cases and Airline straps are made in Canada."
The company was established in 2001 with the intent of manufacturing replicas of rare vintage electric guitars. The company's production philosophy is to create guitars which not only evoke classic looks and vintage sounds, but that are to be sold at a price point where they are meant to be played and not simply collected. Much of the company's focus is on building reproductions of famous discontinued electric guitar models such as the Valco Airline, and the Supro Coronado.
As of summer 2012, Eastwood Guitars produced around 60 guitar models, many of which having been well received by players and reviews. The company also produces bass guitars which are either reproductions of classic bass guitar designs or adopted from current Eastwood guitar designs, as well as exotic variants such as electric mandolins, ukuleles and lap steel guitars.
Notable musicians that play/have played Eastwood guitars:
- Neko Case - Classic 12, Airline Lap Steel
- Jeff Wootton Gorillaz - Airline 59 3P
- Joshua Hayward of The Horrors - Airline H74 DLX
- Calexico - Airline '59 Custom
- The Decemberists - Messenger, Sidejack Baritone, Classic 12
- Echo & the Bunnymen - Saturn 63
- Robyn Hitchcock - Airline Twin Tone
- Warren Ellis - custom-designed 4-string tenor guitar manufactured by Eastwood.
- John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants - left-handed Eastwood Airline Bighorn
- Foo Fighters - Sidejack Baritone
- John Fogerty - Airline Coronado DLX, Airline Map, Mandocaster
- Wire - Airline Map
- MGMT - Wandre
- Yo La Tengo - Messenger
- Twiggy Ramirez - Sidejack Baritone
- Bubbles - Classic 12
- Goo Goo Dolls - Sidejack Baritone
- Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad-Messenger
- Jack White formerly of The White Stripes, The raconteurs and The Dead Weather - Airline JB Hutto
- Peter Buck formerly of R.E.M. - Eastwood Nashville 12
- Dave Meros - Iron Butterfly - Hi Flyer Bass
- Ed Rodriguez & John Dieterich of Deerhoof - Deerhoof Signature EEG
- List of instances involving Eastwood Guitars appearing in various musician and musical instrument magazines. Retrieved August 2012.
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- Charles Saufley (2011). Eastwood Guitars Warren Ellis Signature Tenor Guitar Review PremierGuitar.com, accessed 20 June 2017
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