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Old 07-03-2022, 07:32 AM
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Default Help identifying an Eastman AR

Well I have been looking for a single or no pickup Eastman archtop for a while and found this. I found it on GC and is advertised as an AR403CE. But it looks like it may be a different model than a 403. But I have looked on several websites and I can't quit pinpoint it. From the pics that I have seen the 403 has a rosewood FB with dots, peghead is not bound, pickguard is not bound, etc. Anyone have a clue? The AR503's I have seen do not have a bond peghead and the AR603's appear to be mahogany back and sides. Anyone have a clue? I probably will not have it in my hands until 7/8/2022 at the earliest.
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Old 07-04-2022, 02:35 PM
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The bound pickguard and headstock are similar to my AR610CE-CS which has a spruce top with mahogany back and sides

There are lots of Eastman archtop models that are not documented very well. I guess you will have to unpack it before you will know what you bought.

It does not look like an AR403 to me.
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Old 07-04-2022, 09:36 PM
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FYI the Django Books website seems to have the most compleat set of Eastman archtop pictures and descriptions, but nothing quite like the one in your picture.
https://www.djangobooks.com/Category...rchtop-guitars
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Old 07-08-2022, 06:07 PM
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Pine Cone this does look alot like the AR 603. Is yours a 16"

The Eastman is in the house and sounds fantastic (plugged or unplugged). I am still baffled as to the model. Eastman said that there all AR403's have Maple tops. I took some more pics and it still looks like a Spruce top. Also I think this could be an AR603 as the 4 or 6 in the model number looks slightly different than the SN, but I am no handwriting expert. It is 16" and most of the AR603CE's I see are 15" models. If it is an AR 603CE then the back is possibly flamed Mahogany but the inside where the label looks light to be mahogany. I sent Eastman some pictures and we will see what they say. It is a 2014 per the SN and Eastman confirmed that.
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