Jack White fans can rejoice! The folks at Eastwood Custom Shop are planning to build replicas of the White Stripes frontman’s ’60s Crestwood Astral II. Before that infamous Airline model arrived on the scene, Jack was wielding one of these retro-styled riff machines.
Crestwood Astral II
The Crestwood Astral II is the original vintage junk-shop or pawnbrokers guitar associated with the White Stripes early recordings. Jack White played one exclusively during the earlier part of his career. Now much in demand, the originals change hands for a lot of money, as hipsters go mad on online auction sites chasing that retro vibe and tone.
The Eastwood Custom Shop has just announced that it will build replicas of these old ’60s classics, so you could get one for a reasonable amount of money. Hopefully, it will also be in better condition than the guitars you see for sale at inflated prices due to the Jack White association.
With a semi-hollow laminated maple body available in either red or sunburst finishes, the guitar has a bolt-on maple neck, a set of Eastwood’s RTG single-coils and a vintage Bigsby style tremolo with a Tune-o-matic style bridge.
You’ll need to put down a $150 deposit now and pay the balance by November, which is when the guitars will be ready for shipping. I think the price is more than fair and I appreciate that you can get a left-handed model at no extra cost. Just in case you have lived under a rock and never seen Jack White wielding one of the originals, Eastwood has got a video of him playing one back in 2001 on their website, so I’ve added that below for you to check out.
If you fancy one, click on my link below and pop a deposit down to reserve one for yourself. All you need now is a Big Muff, a Whammy pedal and a sister/wife on drums.
RRP – USD 599 includes custom gigbag – preorder now with USD 150 deposit, due out in November