We just received our Eastman Parlor guitars, the E10P and E20P, and are really impressed (once again!) from these builders. Not only are these wonderful instruments for fingerstyle players, but they are fantastic for having around the house where big and small hands can both play them, and they even work well for flatpicking. The price is unbeatable too for an instrument of this caliber. The parlor guitar was easily found from the mid 1800s to the 1950s, and was favored by everyone from folk players to blues pickers. Thankfully these great instruments seem to be finding a small resurgence today. Any reservations about the slightly smaller size (24.9″ scale and 13 3/4″ at the lower bout) affecting sound are quickly laid to rest once you begin to play. These Eastmans sound incredible with a volume that will surprise and resonance and tone that will really delight all players.
The build on these is exceptional with an Adirondack top and Rosewood back and sides on the E20P ($1,095) and Mahogany back and sides on the E10P ($995). The E20P has some finer appointments with herringbone binding and mother of pearl fretboard inlay while the E10P has white dots on the fretboard and a simpler black binding. Both have vintage features like a slotted headstock, great Gotoh open gear tuners, a pyramid bridge, a volute on the neck, and the fantastic gloss lacquer finish that Eastman does so very well.
“I’ve been waiting with great anticipation for these,” our sales manager Tim Nelson said. “We got to see the prototype E10P at an Eastman in-store event here at Mass St. It seriously stole the show. We could not buy the prototype, but we were assured the ones we already had on order would be just as nice and I am not disappointed. Both are extremely good feeling and good sounding guitars. The E10P has a really nice sweet mid-range and the E20P, to my ear, has a bit more low end. Both are great, and the value of these guitars is so tremendous you can possibly afford to have several different body sizes. If you don’t own a parlor, but have always wanted one and have had a hard time justifying a large financial investment in one, then one of these Eastman Parlors is definitely for you.”
“They have a nice, big resonant sound for a small guitar,” said our shop manager Mike Horan. Mass St luthier Mike Runyon added, “It’s made very well. The neck feels great and the sound is enormous for its size.”
“These have more bass than you’d imagine for a small guitar, and really good volume,” said our boss Jim Baggett, who also noted that the Rosewood E20P seems to offer a slightly bassier, darker tone than the Mahogany E10P. “They’re both great – Eastman has really accomplished making a functional small bodied guitar with a wonderful sound at a reasonable price. Wonderful playability!”
Both parlor models come with a hard case and a free set up from our shop. Honestly, just about every staff member in the store is thinking about getting one of these, even though we all play different styles. Each features chrome vintage Gotoh tuners, nickel silver frets, Ebony fretboard and bridge, hand carved scalloped X bracing and that don’t-want-to-put-it-down mojo.
Boss Flynn played the E20P this morning (hear him on the E20P right here) and said, “This plays like a vintage and is practically a steal – particularly for an Adirondack topped instrument. Makes it doable for folks to actually add a parlor to their collection.”
For questions on these Parlors, or any of our Eastman selection, just give us a call at 1-800-747-9980 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.