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Anyone own or played an Eastman DM1 ?

I have owned Eastman arch top guitars in the past and felt they were great guitars. I know this is subjective,,,I have read various negative comments about asking this question, but non the less I am interested in knowing what was your impression...BTW there are no shops nearby where I can try one out in person and yes I know thats the best thing to do, but still...opinions please for my own amusement. (At 72, I have been playing guitar for 55 years). Thanks in advancd for any input.


  • Posts: 4,399
    @Rob MacKillop has one, he said it's good:

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • stuologystuology New
    Posts: 180
    I tried one in a shop. It looks good, plays well, and has the Django/Selmer sound we are all looking for. Build quality is good too. It didn't blow me away, lacks the character and craftsmanship of a high end luthier-made guitar but it's good value for the price. I don't think you will be disappointed if you buy it.
  • ScoredogScoredog Santa Barbara, Ca✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2019 Posts: 814
    I tried one at NAMM and though I was competing with a trombone player next door (there was no competing, the trombone is a lot louder and he did not know I existed) it felt good, sounded fine, I think a good purchase at the price offered. You might want to look at the new Altamria **** models too.
  • larryllarryl New
    Posts: 35
    Scoredog,,,thanks for the heads up on Altamria...I looked at their website and looks very interesting to me...they didnt say anything about a US dealer where I could try one out...but I am in no hurry to purchase one...the chase is half the I am sure you know :) Thanks again to all who have posted
  • larryllarryl New
    Posts: 35
    oops just noticed they are available thru djangobooks...duhhh...
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    edited February 2019 Posts: 6,094
    @larryl Yes, we have all the Altamiras here in stock.

    If you compare them with the Eastmans, what you'll notice is that the Eastmans are louder (which is a miracle considering the Altamiras are already absolute cannons.) The Altamiras, especially the solid wood models, have more mids and a rounder tone. The Eastmans have that ultra perfect fit and finish that we've come to expect from them whereas the Altamiras have a somewhat rougher build quality, although nothing I would characterize as defective in any way.
  • larryllarryl New
    Posts: 35
    Thanks Michael for your input...much appreciated ! Nice to have you chime in on the topic ! I have several of your books and enjoy them a lot !
  • sadowsadow ✭✭ Altamira M30 Antique
    Posts: 54
    What exactly are the Altamira new **** models?
  • JoseJose Minneapolis New DuPont MD 50
    Posts: 49
    $2500 for a Chinese guitar? Really? Wow!
  • Posts: 4,399
    There's also $80,000 Cadillac built in China and sold in the US. And some Buicks, Volvo too.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
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