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Will the latest iteration of Eastman’s compact hollowbody persuade our resident Electric Spanish addict that size isn’t everything? Chris Vinnicombe gets some fresh air…


Regular readers will be familiar with the Eastman brand – 2017 saw us review stellar solidbody, hollowbody and acoustic models featuring the company’s proprietary Antique Varnish aged finish, which comprises several thin coats of shellac. Although factory-distressed guitars have become de rigueur, not everybody wants a new guitar that looks beaten up straight out of the case. Eastman manufactures many instruments dressed in pristine gloss nitrocellulose, too – and our review guitar is just one particularly attractive example.

The compact and bijou T184MX has been in the Eastman line for some years now, but 2018 sees the model receive a series of refinements, one of the most significant of which is the presence of a pair of customwound Lollar Imperial humbuckers, superseding the previous Seymour Duncan 59s. The headstock has been slimmed down, too, and the less flared design here not only balances better with the body’s compact 14-inch width but also provides a clearer path for the strings behind the nut. The Goldburst model is the first T184MX to feature these changes but they will be phased in on the other finishes throughout the year.

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What do we think about the most talked-about guitar of the year? Find out in our May 2018 issue, on sale now. Inside, we sit down with Paul Reed Smith to talk out about the two-year design process that gave birth to the Silver Sky and we put John Mayer’s new PRS signature model through its paces in an in-depth 10-page review. The magazine also comes bundled with a FREE Joy Of FX magazine for every reader that includes reviews of Fender’s new-for-2018 stompbox line, new EarthQuaker Devices pedals, an interview with Way Huge pedal guru Jeorge Tripps and more. Back in the main mag, we get up close and personal with Eric Clapton’s £25,000 writing and recording acoustic, check out The Temperance Movement’s live gear, interview Steve Morse and review even more hot new guitars, amps and effects from Eastman, Blackstar, JHS Pedals, Lowden and plenty more besides. We also salute the genius of Freddie Tavares and you can enter our competition to WIN a drop-dead gorgeous Lake Placid Blue Fender American Original ‘60s Telecaster worth £1,659. The May 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale in print and digital formats now. Essential reading for guitar addicts.