Bob Craypoe (also known as R. L. Crepeau) is a musician, writer, webmaster, 3D artist, and creator of the Punksters comic strip series.
About the Classic 12
I recently purchased an Eastwood Classic 12 guitar. It is a 12-string semi-hollowbody electric guitar. It is available in four colors and they are Walnut, Fireburst, Metallic Blue and White. I opted for the Fireburst, which is pictured with this article.
The Eastwood Classic 12 features Two EW-Retro Humbucker pickups,a 3-Way toggle switch, two volume knobs and one tone knob. The body is made of bound laminated maple,and a flamed maple top with bound F-holes. It has a bound maple set neck with a rosewood finger board and sharks teeth inlays. The neck's scale length is 24 3/4".
The body style and hardware are similar to that of the Gretsch guitars popularized during the 1960's but with a double cutaway style that some of the new semi-hollowbody guitars have. Eastwood also offers the Classic 6, a 6-string version, and the Classic 4 bass guitar version. There is also a deluxe version of the Classic 6 that has a Bigsby tremolo.
My Purchasing Experience
I ordered mine from Amazon.com and it arrived at my doorstep just two days after ordering, thanks to Amazon Prime. Seriously, you have to just love the fact that you can actually get a guitar two days after ordering it online. Anyway, it was very well packed inside a box within another box. It also had additional padding inside as well. I purchased mine well below the list price. The current list price is $549 and that is what you will pay on both the Amazon website as well as the Eastwood website.
I was lucky enough to get mine at $375, when the price dropped for a VERY brief period of time. In fact, about five minutes after I placed my order, it went right back up to the $549 list price. Talk about a narrow window of opportunity. I wonder sometimes if it was a mistake on their part. But, in any case, I saved myself a lot of money.
The guitar does not come with a case for the $549 list price. That has to be purchased separately. You are probably better off purchasing that directly from the Eastwood website since they make cases that specifically fit their various models.
My Research Before the Purchase
Before I made the purchase, I read a lot of online reviews and they were mostly very favorable reviews. I had also watched some video reviews on YouTube as well. In those videos I was able to hear what the guitar sounded like. Of course, when they demonstrate the guitars in some of those videos, they use top notch amplifiers. So if you have a low quality amplifier, it obviously won't sound as good.
I liked what I heard in the videos and I liked what I read in the various reviews, so I ordered one. What really prompted my purchasing decision, though, was the fact that the price dropped significantly and suddenly. But I have to say that I probably would have purchased it eventually anyway, even if it had remained at the list price.
Looking it Over and Plugging it In
Of all of the colors offered, I preferred the Fireburst color. I have been wanting a guitar with that color for quite some time. I had always admired guitars with that type of finish. The pictures online do not really do it justice because it looks so much better when it is sitting right in front of you. The finish on mine was flawless from front to back and head to toe. No imperfections in the finish whatsoever.
It was a fairly heavy guitar and I was surprised at it's weight. But it was solid and the center block construction significantly adds to the sustain. The action was very good and there was no buzzing anywhere on the neck. The strings that it came with seemed to be the perfect gauge. They were 9-46, as they tell you on the Eastwood website. I'm not sure of the brand though.
The Eastwood Classic 12 has a rather twangy sound as you would expect from a Gretsch style guitar. You could very easily get that twangy 12-string sound that the Byrds had in many of their songs. You can also get a deeper tone too if you want. With the 3-way toggle switch and the three knobs, you can get a number of variations in sound. You could get even more with the use of an effects processor as well.
I ran mine through a Zoom guitar effects processor that has a lot of effects built into one single unit. I tried it through chorus, delay and reverb. I also tried it out with an acoustic guitar simulator. It sounded very nice and the sustain was great. That's the advantage a semi-hollowbody guitar has over a hollowbody guitar.
The Bottom Line
Overall, I would have to say that the quality of the guitar I received was very good and it would have been well worth the $549 list price but it was an absolute steal at $375. No buzzing anywhere on the neck, the tone was great, the finish was spectacular, the sustain was great and the knobs and switches give you considerable control over the tone. You will have to play around with the controls to see what you like but there are a good variety of tones you could get. You may also prefer different tones for different songs, so you will have to fool around with the settings to see what works best for you.
The guitar is mass produced in China. Some of you may be wary of that or just prefer to own an American made guitar. But it does appear as if the people doing quality control did a good job on the one I received. Sometimes it is the luck of the draw. Even the best guitar manufacturers will ship out a bad guitar every now and then. Nobody is 100 percent. All I can say is that the one I received was a very well made, high quality guitar that sounds great, plays great and looks good too. I have no regrets at all regarding this purchase. So, based upon my own personal experience, I would have to give this guitar 5 out of 5 stars. Way to go Eastwood.
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