The brand new Eastman SB55/v-SB single-cut and SB55DC/v double-cut models both feature a single Lollar ’50’s Spec’ P90 in the bridge position, proving that sometimes, less is more.
’50s Spec P90
Both the new Eastman models look gorgeous! Both come equipped from the factory with a single bridge position Lollar P90 pickup, wound to a ’50s spec. That immediately caught my attention, as I do love Lollar wound pickups, they are made just right in my opinion. This model is a low output design, and has the original ‘dog ear’ design of the 1950s originals, used by companies like Gibson and Epiphone.
There are two variations on the design, the new SB55/v-SB single-cut and the SB55DC/v double-cut model. Both have that old student-guitar look, which was once thought of as being a budget instrument for beginners. Nowadays though, we all know that this stripped back design can be a tonal nirvana for guitarists.
The minimal hardware includes a compensated Faber wrap-around bridge, for perfect intonation, and no-load CTS pots to control the single Lollar pickup.
Both models have a lightweight, one-piece Okoume mahogany solid body in an Antique Varnish finish. The guitars are designed from the ground up to be resonant and great for tone. A Bakelite pickguard rounds off the vintage aesthetic nicely.
The models also use 22 Jescar FW47104-P frets on an ebony fretboard pearl dot fret markers. They should help with bends and be super smooth for vibrato as well. These two new models look pretty amazing and will probably be very popular for players wanting vintage styling and tone.
RRP – TBC