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I also love the Eastmans, but was lured into Peerless after doing research, playing a few, and stumbling across a crazy eBay deal about two years ago on a now discontinued model. They come up on eBay, mostly form one of two dealers, Doc Dosco in LA area and a guitar store in New Jersey. The Peerless factory is in Korea and has made guitars for decades for lots of the more known name labels.They are bullt well, play and sound great, and start around $1200, get nice around $1800, and start getting really nice around the Cremona model. Do some homework on the relative pro-con of laminate, solid top, carved body, might be suprised what opinions are whether you will amplify or use acoustic.
The Ibanez Artcore and Epi Joe Pass models are popular forays in archtop, but IMHO dont have much acoustic tone, which for me is a must, I have to love it unplugged to even want to plug it in.
I play primarily jazz and my jazz designated amp is a nice solid state gibson from 1969. I was looking at the Epiphone emperor regent? es 175? Or the Eimers Gypsy Jazz electric? What is your electric rig and why do you like it?