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Old 09-30-2020, 02:47 PM
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Question Comparing high end Foreign Archtops

I'm curious has anyone compared the higher end acoustic archtops from The Loar like the LH-600 and LH-700 models with the Eastman equivalent fully carved acoustic Archtop guitars?

Is there anything else in that $1200-2000 price range worth considering?
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Old 09-30-2020, 02:58 PM
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My first archtop was a Harmony - US build, then a vintage Gibson - so both "foreign" to me.
My second was an Eastman wich was superb, but I ordered it with the "classic" finish which I dislikes and a floating pick-up which was a whim which I didn't care for.

Then I got a Loar, didn't care for it, got another, sent it back.

Bought another Eastman - an AR 805. Love it!

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Old 10-09-2020, 09:10 AM
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Thanks for this hands on info. I enjoyed your video of the Santa Cruz RS. I have one of those that I really love!

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My first archtop was a Harmony - US build, then a vintage Gibson - so both "foreign" to me.
My second was an Eastman wich was superb, but I ordered it with the "classic" finish which I dislikes and a floating pick-up which was a whim which I didn't care for.

Then I got a Loar, didn't care for it, got another, sent it back.

Bought another Eastman - an AR 805. Love it!

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Old 10-17-2020, 01:56 PM
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A used Eastman AR805(CE) or 905 will be about the wisest short money you'll ever spend.
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:56 PM
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I play in two Big Band style jazz orchestras and am a Loar 600 player.

You just cannot beat that sound for Big Band rhythm. Parallel bracing!

I paid $600 for mine used.

Are there more nicely made arch top acoustics out there? Yep! Do they sound like an old Gibson?

Mine even smells like an old Gibson.
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Old 10-24-2020, 08:29 AM
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If you're after that classic Jazz Age tone and you're OK with the period-correct thick V-neck, get a Loar LH-600/LH-700...

If you're looking for a more modern-sounding, easier-playing option, Eastman is the way to go...

I've played a few MIJ non-cutaway Gretsch Synchro 400's that were excellent, and one that was truly amazing - shame they discontinued them in favor of the New Yorker...

The Epiphone Masterbilt line was neither fish nor fowl, and a total flop on the market...

On the domestic front there's talk of a reasonably-priced archtop line from Taylor, including a Gypsy guitar based on the -14ce template - should be interesting to see where they fall on the tonal spectrum...

I'll just wait a while to see if the long-rumored, all-carved New York-style Epis ever make it to production...
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Old 10-25-2020, 02:50 AM
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Hey, Steve, interesting development at TaylorGuitars if it follows through. Is there a site that talks about this?
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Old 10-25-2020, 09:59 AM
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Hey, Steve, interesting development at TaylorGuitars if it follows through. Is there a site that talks about this?
There was something mentioned in passing on the General Acoustic subforum not too long ago (within the past couple months), haven't heard anything since though...
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