Saturday, February 9, 2008

Guitar of the Week: Eastwood Guitars Airline® Map

Airline was a brand name used by Montgomery Ward for guitars sold through its mail order business. One of the manufacturers for the Airline brand was Valco who made National and Supro guitars. The Eastwood Guitars Airline® Map is a tribute to the 1962 National Newport Guitar and is the Guitar of the Week.

I became familiar with Airline guitars when I received the February 2006 issue of Guitar World. The cover featured Jimmy Page and Jack White holding each other’s signature guitars; a red Airline and a ’59 Les Paul Standard. In that issue Jack White said "... once you've made friends with a guitar, there's no reason to break up the friendship!" Eastwood Guitars makes this a lot easier with its affordable Radical Vintage Remake series.

This series features remakes of classic 1960s designs from Mosrites to the Airline® Map pictured above. This model is shown in “Seafoam Green”, and features a mahogany body, Bigsby® Vibrato tailpiece, and two Alnico Hot-10 Humbuckers.

If you are interested in the retro look without the retro price (these are affordable guitars) check out Eastwood Guitars. Another benefit to a site visit is Eastwood Radio, which features some of their sponsored artists from around the world. This is some great listening and the site provides links so you can further explore the artists you like.

We all know about music industry woes but there is no shortage of great new artists (and guitars) out there waiting to be discovered!

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